College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Marybeth Stalp

  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Sociology

    Faculty - Professor of Sociology


    Gender, Culture, Leisure, Qualitative Methods


    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)

    Courses Taught

    Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Leisure, Qualitative Methods


    CSBS Outstanding Scholarship Award (2014-2015)

    Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award (2011-2012)

    Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award (2008-2009)

    University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award (2006-2007)

    Research Interests

    Gender, Culture, Leisure, Qualitative Methods. I focus on the intersection of gender and culture in contemporary US society. My first book project centers on midlife women in the US who quilt for fun. I examined 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 collaborative 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. Thirdly, I examine the relationship between creativity and the economy with artists in the Midwest and the Southeast.  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.

    Selected Publications

    Marybeth C. Stalp. 2007. Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life. Oxford, England: Berg Publishers.


    Marybeth C. Stalp, and Theresa M. Winge. Forthcoming. “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Rip It Out and Try Again: The Social Benefits of Failure in DIY Handcrafting” Clothing Cultures.

    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.

    Winge, Theresa M., 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.

    Radina, M. Elise, 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 Chris Bobel & Samantha Kwan, (Eds.), Embodied resistance: Breaking the rules in public spaces. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

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

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

    Marybeth C. Stalp, and Theresa M. Winge. 2008. "My Collection is Bigger Than Yours: Tales from the Handcrafter`s Stash." Home Cultures 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 Volume 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 Volume 20 (1/2):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. 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. 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 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 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.