Seth A. Ovadia

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Phone (207) 798-4312
Title Assistant Professor
Department Sociology And Anthropology
Work Location 309 Adams Hall


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Maryland College Park, 2003.
M.A. in American Studies, University of Maryland College Park, 1996.
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Swarthmore College, 1993.

Research Interests

Seth Ovadia's current research focuses on the social construction of place. One of his research programs examines how structural aspects of metropolitan areas affect the forms and extent of urban racial inequality. A second area of research explores how individuals' attitudes are affected by the demographic characteristics of their communities. In previous research, he has looked at value change in American society, McDonaldization and consumption, and the portrayal of Generation X in popular culture. His teaching interests include urban sociology, race and ethnicity, social inequalities, sociological methods, and sociological theory.


Ovadia, Seth. Forthcoming, 2008. "Generations and Generational Conflict." In Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, ed. Roger Chapman. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Moore, Laura and Seth Ovadia, 2006. "Accounting for Spatial Variation in Tolerance: The Effects of Education and Religion." Social Forces 84: 2205-22 (PDFPDF»)

Ovadia, Seth. 2004. "Ratings and Rankings: Reconsidering the Structure of Values and their Measurement." International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory & Practice 7: 403-14. (PDFPDF»)

Ovadia, Seth. 2003. "The Dimensions of Racial Inequality: Occupational and Residential Segregation Across Metropolitan Areas in the United States." City & Community 2: 313-33. (PDF PDF»)

Ovadia, Seth. 2003. "Suggestions of the Postmodern Self: Value Changes in American High School Students, 1976-1996." Sociological Perspectives 46: 239-56. (PDFPDF»)
- Abstracted in "Discoveries: New and Noteworthy Social Research," Contexts 3(1): 8-9. (PDFPDF»)

Cotter, David A., Joan Hermsen, Seth Ovadia, and Reeve Vanneman. 2001. "The Glass Ceiling Effect." Social Forces 80: 655-82. (PDFPDF»)

Ovadia, Seth. 2001. "Race, Class, and Gender Differences in High School Seniors' Values: Applying Intersection Theory in Empirical Analysis." Social Science Quarterly 82(2): 340-56. (PDF PDF»)

new forms of consumption Ritzer, George, and Seth Ovadia. 2000. "The Process of McDonaldization is Not Uniform, nor Are Its Settings, Consumers or the Consumption of Its Goods and Services." Pp. 33-49 in M. Gottdiener, ed. New Forms of Consumption: Consumers, Culture, and Commodification. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 

- Reprinted in George Ritzer, Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001, pp. 58-70.


“Race, Wealth, and Neighborhood Quality.” American Sociological Association meeting, New York, NY, August 2007 (with Rachael Woldoff).

“Religious Contexts and Teen Childbearing.” Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2007 (with Laura Moore).

"Panel Data in a Contextual Model: A Three-Level Hierarchical Approach." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE, April 2006. 

"A Multilevel Analysis of American Attitudes Towards Homosexuality." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2005 (with Laura Moore).

"Time, Place, Race, Gender, and Employment." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2004.

"Explaining Intolerance: The Significance of Context." Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY, March 2004 (with Laura Moore).

"Racial Segregation and/or Economic Segregation?: Assessing the Effects of Segregation on Racial Differences in Employment." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 2003.

"Does Residential Segregation Affect Intercity Mobility?" Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 2003.

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