Lynn G. Chin is happy to join the W&L Anthropology/Sociology faculty as a new Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Fall of 2012. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University in October 2011. Prior to her arrival at W&L, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). She has run the Stanford Research Experience Program (REP) at IRiSS since its inception in 2006. Through the Stanford REP, she hopes to have given community college students the opportunity to see how exciting and relevant social science research can be!
Professor Chin's academic interests mainly focus around the study of small group processes. She is extremely interested in how organizational work structure impacts the development of intragroup relations, such as cohesion and solidarity, the formation of status hierarchies, and perceived attributions of individuals' impact on group success or failure. She hopes to be able to share these interests with students because she believes that social research and the development of social theory go hand-in-hand.
Indeed, Professor Chin is excited to teach Introduction to Social Methods, Social Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology this coming year. She has taught similar undergraduate courses at Stanford University and Foothill College. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming part of the W&L community.