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Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology
University of Northern Iowa
Office: Baker 361
Phone: 319-273-6235
Fax: 319-273-7104


Sociology, Women's Studies


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia , 2001

Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Georgia , 1998

M.A., Sociology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1996

B.A., English Literature, Communication Arts, and Sociology at Regis University, 1993


Gender, Culture, Leisure, Qualitative Methods

I generally focus on the intersection of gender and culture in contemporary society. Current research includes an

examination of contemporary US women's quilting activities as a gendered form of cultural production, with specific

attention to family tensions emerging as midlife women develop leisure interests. A second project centers on the

emergence of Red Hat Society Chapters, with focus on the leisure aspects of midlife women, positive spin on aging, and

the social benefits of belonging to such an organization. A third project centers on leisure through the life course, focused

on men's and women's bicycling at the serious leisure levels. Finally, I am interested in the overlap between public and

private in the lives of national First Ladies--that is, how the private lives of First Ladies are carried out in public.



Marybeth C. Stalp. 2007. Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life.  Oxford, England: Berg Publishers.

Articles and Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Theresa M. Winge. Forthcoming. "My Collection is Bigger Than Yours: Tales from the Handcrafter's Stash." Home Cultures.

Marybeth C. Stalp, Rachel Williams, Annette Lynch, and M. Elise Radina. Forthcoming. “Conspicuously Consuming: The Red Hat Society and Midlife Women’s Identity”  Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

Marybeth C. Stalp, M. Elise Radina, and Annette Lynch. 2008. “‘We Do It Cuz It’s Fun’: Creating Women’s Leisure Space through Red Hat Society Membership.” Sociological Perspectives Volume 51

M. Elise Radina, Annette Lynch, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Lydia K. Manning. 2008. “‘When I am an Old Women, I Shall Wear Purple’: Red Hatters Cope with Getting Old.” Journal of Women and Aging Volume 20 (1/2) Spring/Summer.

Annette Lynch, Marybeth C. Stalp, and M. Elise Radina. 2007. (Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter in Edited Volume) “Growing Old and Dressing (Dis)gracefully.” Dress Sense. Edited by Donald Clay Johnson and Helen Bradley Foster. Oxford, England: Berg Publishers.

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2006. “Creating an Artistic Self: Amateur Quilters and Subjective Careers.” Sociological Focus Volume 39 (3): 193-216.

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2006. “Hiding the (Fabric) Stash: Fabric Collecting, Hoarding and Hiding Strategies of Contemporary US Quilters” Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture Volume 4 (1): 100-121.

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2006. “Negotiating Time and Space for Serious Leisure: Quilting in the Modern U.S. Home.” Journal of Leisure Research Volume 38 (1): 104-132.

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Julie Childers, Editors. 2005. Teaching Sociological Concepts and the Sociology of Gender, Second Edition. Washington , D.C. : American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center .


Linda Grant, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Kathryn B. Ward. 2002. "Women's Sociological Research and Writing in the Pre-World War II Era." The American Sociologist. Volume 33 (3): 76-99.


Marybeth C. Stalp and Linda Grant. 2001. "Teaching Qualitative Coding in Undergraduate Field Methods Classes: An Exercise Based on Personal Ads." Teaching Sociology Volume 29 (April): 209-218.


Marybeth C. Stalp and Bill Winders. 2000. "Power in the Margins: Gendered Organizational Effects on Religious Activism." Review of Religious Research Volume 42 (1): 41-60.


Gary Alan Fine, Beth Montemurro, Bonnie Semora, Marybeth C. Stalp, Dane Claussen and Zaida Sierra. 1998. "Social Order Through A Prism: Color As Collective Representation." Sociological Inquiry Volume 68 (4): 443-457.


2005-present Associate Fellow, International Quilt Study Center

2005-present Board of Directors, Alliance for American Quilts
2003-2005 Committee Member, Grundy Center Barn Quilt Project


Marybeth C. Stalp, 2007