Sociology, Women's Studies
Ph.D., Sociology, University
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Georgia
M.A., Sociology, Southern Illinois
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.
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):
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