Alison Bianchi

University University of Iowa
Department Sociology

Research details

Alison Bianchi is a structural social psychologist who specializes in group processes and in nomothetic theory construction and its concomitant quantitative methodology. Her current projects include: (1) a series of social psychological experiments that examine tangible and intangible social exchanges and their impact on extant status hierarchies; (2) a set of such experiments that explore the role of sentiments during valued group tasks; and (3) applications of classical group processes theories to micro-encounters within educational organizations and friendship cliques using statistical analyses of surveys. Her teaching interests include group processes, social psychology, research methods, the sociology of education and the sociology of religion