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Brittany Hearne

Brittany Hearne

Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3205

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Dr. Brittany N. Hearne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology. In her research, teaching, and service, Dr. Hearne is particularly interested in socially patterned variations in the areas of health, family, and social psychology. Specifically, she utilizes quantitative methods to examine how race, gender, and educational attainment intersect to produce unequal outcomes in depressive symptoms, self-concept, romantic relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition to adulthood. Currently, she is working on a project in which she analyzes the impact of romantic relationships (i.e., singlehood, monogamous dating, cohabitation, and marriage) on self-concept and health for blacks and whites by educational attainment during the transition to adulthood. In other work, she has assessed how parenting styles during adolescence influence young adults’ mental health and educational achievements in young adulthood. 

Dr. Hearne holds a doctoral degree in Sociology and an African American and Diaspora Studies Graduate Certificate from Vanderbilt University.   

Mental and Physical Health

Family (romantic relationships, parent-child interactions)

Stratification and Inequality (race & ethnicity, gender, education)

Social Psychology (racial group identity, self-concept)

Transition to Adulthood

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

Social Research

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (2018)

Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University (2015)

Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University (2012)


Niño, Michael D. and Brittany N. Hearne. 2020. “Dimensions of Acculturation and Biological Dysregulation among Latina/os: The Role of Ethnic Background, Gender, and Immigrant Generation” Ethnicity & Health, DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2020.1821175.

Hearne, Brittany N., Ryan Talbert, Ashleigh Hope. 2020. “The Role of Perceived Racial Discrimination in the Marriage Gap between Black and White People” Marriage & Family Review 56(8):715-738.

McCammon, Holly J., Minyoung Moon, Brittany N. Hearne, and Megan Robinson. 2020. “The Supreme Court as an Area for Activism: Feminist Cause Lawyering’s Influence on Judicial Decision Making.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 25(2):221-244.

Christie-Mizell, C. André, Ryan Talbert, Ashleigh Hope, Cleothia Frazier, Brittany N. Hearne. 2019. “Depression and African Americans in the First Decade of Midlife: The Consequences of Social Roles and Gender.” Journal of the National Medical Association 111(3):285-295.

Hearne, Brittany N. and Anna W. Jacobs. 2018. “Does Economic Hardship Amplify Racist and Nativist Attitudes of Political Conservatives?” Issues in Race & Society 1(6):45-64.

Hearne, Brittany N. and C. André Christie-Mizell. 2018. “Educational Attainment in Young Adulthood, Depressive Symptoms, and Race-ethnicity: The Long-reach of Parenting Styles in Adolescence.” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 45(2):91-118.

McCammon, Holly J., Brittany N. Hearne, Allison McGrath, and Minyoung Moon. 2018. “Judicial Legal Mobilization and Analogical Framing: Feminist Litigators’ Use of Race-Gender Analogies.” Law and Policy 40(1): 57-78.

Christie-Mizell, C. André, Erika Leslie, and Brittany N. Hearne. 2017. “Self-Rated Health, Discrimination and Racial Group Identity: The Consequences of Ethnicity and Nativity among Black Americans.” Journal of African American Studies 21(4):643-644.


Hearne, Brittany N. and Holly J. McCammon. 2018. “Black Women Cause Lawyers: Legal Activism in Pursuit of Racial and Gender Equality.” Pp. 257-272 in 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, edited by L.A. Banaszak and H. McCammon. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McCammon, Holly J. and Brittany N. Hearne. 2017. “U.S. Women’s Legal Activism in the Judicial Arena.” Pp. 522-543 in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by H. McCammon, V. Taylor, J. Reger, and R. Einwohner. Oxford: Oxford University Press.