Anne E. Lincoln, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Economic Sociology
Science Careers
Curriculum Vitae

Sociology of Culture

Double Jeopardy
Two wrongs don't make a right, right? Are you doubly-disadvantaged if you have two devalued characteristics, or do the negatives cancel each other out? Sociologists have posited that if a person has two devalued characteristics, you are in "double jeopardy" by having them. My research finds that this is true in the case of gender and age! In careers where looks matter, gender and age interact negatively so that older women are more disadvantaged than young women, young men, and older men.

Lincoln, Anne E. and Michael P. Allen. 2004. Double Jeopardy in Hollywood: Age and Gender in the Careers of Film Actors, 1926-1999. Sociological Forum 19:611-631.

Reputational Entrepreneurs
Why do some films "stand the test of time" while others fade into film history? The answer lies in "reputational entrepreneurs," who retrospectively write about some films and exclude others.

Allen, Michael P. and Anne E. Lincoln. 2004. Critical Discourse and the Cultural Consecration of American Films. Social Forces 82:871-894.

The Conceptual Fallacy
Is Hollywood sexist? Why are women Academy Award nominees so much younger on average than the male nominees? My research finds that the problem lies with the "conceptual fallacy," which equates biological age with experience. Women and men are actually nominated at the same time in their acting careers, but women begin acting at younger ages than men.

Lincoln, Anne E. 2007. Cultural Honours and Career Events: Reconceptualising Prizes in the Field of Cultural Production. Cultural Trends 16:3-15.

Lincoln, Anne E. 2004. Sex and Experience in the Academy Award Nomination Process. Psychological Reports 95:589-592.