Marybeth Stalp

Professor of Sociology; ASA Program Reviewer and Consultant

Marybeth Stalp

Bartlett 2112

(319) 273-2786

Marybeth Stalp

Professor of Sociology; ASA Program Reviewer and Consultant


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Georgia (2001)
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Georgia (1998)
M.A. in Sociology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1996)
B.A. in Sociology, English Literature, and Communications, Regis University (1993)

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Gender, Culture, Social Movements, The Sociological Career, Sociological Theory, Qualitative Research

UNI Teaching Awards

2016-2017       Teach UNI Faculty Teaching Certificate Program, CETL
2011-2012         Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award
2008-2009      Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
2006-2007      University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award

Research Interests

Gender, Culture, Leisure, Qualitative Methods, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

UNI Research Awards

2015-2016       CSBS Outstanding Scholarship Award
2014-2015       CSBS Outstanding Scholarship Award

Professional Accomplishments


Marybeth C. Stalp. 2020. “Who Ya Gonna Call? Quilters.” Contexts: Sociology for the Public. 9(3):66-67.

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2019. “What the Sociology of Leisure Teaches Us About Families.” Sociology Annex Podcast. November 12, 2019.


2012-2017       Board of Directors, American Quilt Study Group (elected)

2010-2016      Advisory Board Member, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (appointed)

2006-2011       Board of Directors, Quilt Alliance (appointed)


Marybeth C. Stalp. 2007. Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life. Oxford, England: Berg/Bloomsbury Academic Publishing.

(+ denotes research with students)

Braden Leap, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Kimberly Kelly. “Reorganization of Gendered Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review and Suggestions for Further Research.” Sociological Inquiry

  • Included in the National Institute of Health National Library of Medicine Database and the World Health Organization Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (Covid19 Research Database).

Braden Leap, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Kimberly Kelly. 2022. “Raging Against the ‘Neoliberal Hellscape’: Civil Society Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 54(4):1166-1187. 

  • Included in the National Institute of Health National Library of Medicine Database and the World Health Organization Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (Covid19 Research Database).

Braden Leap, Kimberly Kelly, and Marybeth C. Stalp. 2022. “Choreographing Social Reproduction: Making Personal Protective Equipment and Gender During a Neoliberal Pandemic” Gender, Work & Organization 29(3): 758-777. 

  • Included in the World Health Organization Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (Covid19 Research Database).

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Susan Hill. 2019. “The Expectations of Adulting: Developing Soft Skills Through Active Learning Classrooms.” Journal of Learning Spaces 8(2): 25-40.

+Marybeth C. Stalp, Emily Gardner, and Ashley Beaird. 2018. “‘I Like Knowing When the Zombies Arrive, I Won’t Be Naked’: Young Women and Handcrafting.” Craft Research 9(1): 41-58.

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Theresa M. Winge. 2017. “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Rip It Out and Try Again: The Social Benefits of Failure in DIY Handcrafting” Clothing Cultures 4(2): 87-104.

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2016. “Still A Man’s Art World: The Gendered Experiences of Women Artists.” Journal of Research on Women and Gender 6:40-55.

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Emer Fahy. 2015. “Bookmarks Through the Life Course: Storytelling Through Patchwork.” Pages 55-62 in Perspectives on Storytelling: Framing Global and Personal Identities. Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press. 

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2015. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Too): Complicating the Study of Femininity and Women’s Leisure” Sociology Compass 9(4): 261-271.

Theresa M. Winge, and Marybeth C. Stalp. 2013. “Nothing Says Love Like a Skull and Crossbones Tea Cozy: Crafting Contemporary Subversive Handcrafts.” Craft Research 4(1):73-86.

M. Elise Radina, Lydia K. Manning, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Annette Lynch. 2011. “‘Give me a boa and some bling!’: Red Hat Society members commanding presence through ritual dress and appearance in the public sphere.” Pages 67-77 in Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules in Public Spaces, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Edited by Chris Bobel and Samantha Kwan.

+Marybeth C. Stalp, and Rachel Williams Conti. 2011. “Serious Leisure in the Home: Professional Quilters Negotiate Family Space.” Gender, Work & Organization 18(4):399-414.

+Marybeth C. Stalp, Rachel Williams Conti, Annette Lynch, and M. Elise Radina. 2009. “Conspicuously Consuming: The Red Hat Society and Midlife Women’s Identity.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 38(2)/2009: 225-253.

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Theresa M. Winge. 2008. “My Collection is Bigger Than Yours: Tales from the Handcrafter’s Stash.” Home Cultures: The Journal of Design, Architecture and Domestic Space 5(2):197-218.

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 51(2):325-348.

M. Elise Radina, Annette Lynch, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Lydia K. Manning. 2008. “‘When I am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple’: Red Hatters Cope with Getting Old.” Journal of Women and Aging 20(1/2) Spring/Summer: 99-114.

Annette Lynch, Marybeth C. Stalp, and M. Elise Radina. 2007. “Growing Old and Dressing (Dis)gracefully.” Pages 144-155 in Dress Sense: Emotional and Sensory Experiences of the Body and Clothes Oxford: Berg Publishers. Edited by Donald Clay Johnson and Helen Bradley Foster.

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

Marybeth C. Stalp. 2006. “Hiding the (Fabric) Stash: Fabric Collecting, Hoarding and Hiding Strategies of Contemporary U.S. Quilters.” Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture 4(1):104-125.

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

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 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 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 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 68(4):443-457.