Flockhart, Tyler
Assistant Professor, Criminal and Community Justice, Sociology
School of Human Behavior
MRC 528
Research Projects

My research centers on how inequalities are reproduced in everyday interactions. I have explored this issue in familial relationships, extremist organizations, and popular media. I also have a line of research that focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Here, I have looked at the utility of sociology as a perspective for enhancing student learning in other academic disciplines, as well as how symbols found in cemeteries (e.g., gravestones) can be a useful tool for teaching students about historical and cultural change in the U.S.   

Publications, Presentations, and Performances


  • Flockhart, Tyler. 2022. “Preventive Emotion Work: How Inequalities are Reproduced in Parent-LGB Child Relationships.” Pp. 1-22 in The Reproduction and Maintenance of Inequalities in Interpersonal Relationships, edited by T. Flockhart, A. Reiter, and M. Hassett. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Flockhart, Tyler and Abigail Reiter, eds. 2022. The Reproduction and Maintenance of Inequalities in Interpersonal Relationships. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Flockhart, Tyler. 2021. “Emotion Work as Relationship Management: How LGBs Preserve Parental Social Support in Strained Parent-Child Relationships.” In Health Inequalities: A Sociological Perspective, edited by Miranda Reiter and Abigail Reiter. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt
  • Flockhart, Tyler and Sinikka Elliott. 2020. “‘That’s What Google is For!’: How Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Young Adults Use Technology to Navigate Family Relationships.” In Young Adult Sexuality in the Digital Age, edited by Rachel Kalish. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Flockhart, Tyler and Abby Reiter. 2020. “Representations of ‘Gayness’ in an Era of Incomplete Acceptance.” In Shameless Sociology: The Sociology of a Popular    Television Show, edited by Pam Hunt Kirk and Jennifer Weber. New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • McKinney, Kathleen, Maxine Atkinson, and Tyler Flockhart. 2017. “A Sampling of What Psychologists Engaged in SoTL Might Learn from Sociology.” Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology 3(2): 178-190.
  • Brooks, Erinn, Kim Ebert, and Tyler Flockhart. 2017. “Examining the Reach of the Dominant Racial Ideology in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” The Sociological Quarterly 58(2):254-276.