Department of Sociology

Clay-Warner, Jody

Meigs Professor
Department Head
309 Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-2421 • 

Dr. Jody Clay-Warner, Meigs Professor of Sociology (view Dr. Clay-Warner's Meigs video), has been at the University of Georgia since 1998. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University, and her specialty areas include social psychology, criminology, and gender. 
The overarching goal of her research is to understand responses to injustice.  Dr. Clay-Warner is the co-director of the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction (LASSI) where she is currently conducting a NSF-sponsored research study examining the ways in which different standards of justice affect emotional and behavioral responses to advantageous injustice (with co-PIs Dawn Robinson and Lynn Smith-Lovin).  She and colleague Dawn Robinson are also completing work on a NSF-sponsored study of emotion measurement with the goal of developing techniques suitable for measuring emotion in dynamic interactions.  Finally, Dr. Clay-Warner studies criminal victimization, which is a common but extreme form of injustice. Here she has focused on sexual victimization, with an emphasis on reporting and resistance behaviors.  Currently, she is examining the ways in which the experience of different forms of criminal victimization affects future victimization risk (with Jackson Bunch and Jennifer McMahon-Howard) and is developing a research project on the role of fear and anger in revictimization.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University, 1997
  • M.A., Psychology, Georgia State University, 1992
  • B.A., Speech Communication, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • 2014  Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award, UGA Graduate School
  • 2013  American Society of Criminology Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2011. Appointed Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • 2010-2012.  "Collaborative Research Examining Emotional Reactions to Favorable Violations of Standards of Justice" (PI), with Dawn T. Robinson (co-PI) and Lynn Smith-Lovin (co-PI).  National Science Foundatoin SES 0966536.  $160,596
  • 2008-2009.  "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Diffusion and the Law Formation Process -- A Comprehensive Analysis of the Spread of Rape Law Reforms in the United States."  (PI) for Jennifer McMahon (co-PI). 
  • 2008 - 20011. National Science Foundation SES 0820649.  $9030008-2011.  :"DHB Testing a Dynamic Theory of Social Emotion Using Infrared Imagery."  (co-PI), with Dawn T. Robinson (PI), Chi Thai, and Kevin McCully (co-PIs).  National Science Foundation BCS 0729396.  $717,375
  • 2005-2008. "Collaborative Research Examining the Relationship between Identity, Injustice, and Emotion," (co-PI) with Dawn Robinson (PI) and Lynn Smith-Lovin. National Science Foundation #0519969.  $283,218.
  • 2005. "Social Structure and Emotions" (with Dawn Robinson), University of Georgia, State-of-the-Art Conference Grant. Amount awarded: $18,500. .
  • 2004. Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia
  • 2003. CURO Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, University of Georgia
  • 2002. Special Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia, College of Arts and Sciences

Selected Publications

  • Clay-Warner, Jody. (Forthcoming). “Emotions and Crime,” in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner. New York: Springer.
  • Clay-Warner, Jody and Dawn T. Robinson. (Forthcoming). “Infrared Thermography as a Measure of Emotion Response.” Emotion Review
  • Bunch, Jackson, Jody Clay-Warner, and Jennifer McMahon-Howard. 2014. “The Effects of Personal Victimization on Routine Activities.” Criminal Justice and Behavior 41:575-93.
  • Dawn T. Robinson,  Jody Clay-Warner, Christopher D. Moore, Tiffani Everett, Alexander Watts, Traci Tucker and Chi Thai. 2012. “Toward an Unobtrusive Measure of Emotion during Interaction: Thermal Imaging Techniques.” Advances in Group Processes 29:225-266.
  • McMahon-Howard, Jennifer, Jody Clay-Warner, and Linda Renzulli.  2009  "Criminalizing Spousal Rape: The Diffusion of legal Reforms." Sociological Perspectives 52:505-531. [co-winner of the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives Award]
  • Clay-Warner, Jody and Dawn T. Robinson (eds). 2008.  Social Structure and Emotion.  San Diego, CA: Elsevier. [winner of the 2010 Outstanding Recent Contribution Awad, ASA Emotions section]
  • Clay-Warner, Jody, Karen Hegtvedt, and Paul Roman.  2005.  "Procedual Justice, Distributive Justice: How Experiences with Downsizing Condition Their Impact on Organizational Commitment."  Social Psychology Quarterly 68:89-102.
  • Clay-Warner, Jody and Callie H. Burt.  2005  "Reporting Rape: Have Things Really Changed?"  Violence Against Women 11:150-176.