Steven L. Nock
University of Virginia
542 Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: (434) 924-7293
Fax: (434) 924-7028
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Nock passed away on January 20, 2008. He was a Commonwealth Professor, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Marriage Matters project.
He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusettes-Amherst in 1976.
Before coming to the University of Virginia, he was on the faculty of
Tulane University, and then at the National Academy of Sciences.
authored books and articles about the causes and consequences
of change in the American family. He has investigated issues of privacy,
unmarried fatherhood, cohabitation, commitment, divorce, and marriage.
His most recent book, Marriage in Men's Lives won the William J.
Good Book Award from the American Sociological Association for the most
outstanding contribution to family scholarship in 1999.
on the intersection of social science and public policy concerning households
and families in America.
taught courses on the family at the introductory and advanced undergraduate,
and advanced graduate levels. He has team-taught graduate courses on the
family in the Department of Psychology. He also offered courses on quantitative
methods, statistics, and demographic techniques. He won the 1991-1992
All-University Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
research was the Marriage Matters project which examines
the legal innovation known as Covenant Marriage in Louisiana, Arizona
and Arkansas. In these states, couples wishing to marry must choose betweent
the: standard regime of a marriage governed by no-fault divorce laws,
and a Covenant Marriage regime, which is governed by fault-based divorce
laws. The latter is more difficult to enter and more difficult to dissolve.
This ongoing project, funded by the National Science Foundation and other
sources, seeks to determine the role of law in marriage by following a
large sample of newly married individuals in each type of marriage for
Social Judgment: The Factorial Survey Approach, Peter H.
Rossi and Steven L. Nock (eds.), Beverly Hills: Sage, 1982
to Sociology, Lewis A. Coser, Steven L. Nock, Patricia A.
Steffan, and Daphne G. Spain, San Diego: Harcourt-Brace Jovanovich,
(First edition, 1983; second edition, 1987; third edition, 1991)
of the Family, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall,
(First edition, 1987; Second edition, 1992)
Sociology of Public Issues, Steven Nock and Paul Kingston,
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1989
Costs of Privacy: Reputation and Surveillance in America, New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993
in Men's Lives, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998,
Winner of the 1999 American Sociological Association Family Section
William J. Goode Book Award for the most outstanding contribution
to family scholarship.
as a Public Issue ” The Future of Children,
Marriages of Equally Dependent Spouses” Journal
of Family Issues, 22(6):756-777 (September 2001)
Consequences of Premarital Fatherhood ” American
Sociological Review, 63(2):250-263 (April 1998)
SOC 252 -
Sociology of the Family
SOC 312 - Sociology Research Workshop
SOC 457 - Family Policy
SOC 510 - Research Design and Methods
SOC 512 - Intermediate Statistics
SOC 752 - Sociology of Family
SOC 857 - Family Research