David G. Wagner


David G. WagnerExpertise: Social Psychology

Contact Info:

  • dwagner@albany.edu
  • Office: 310 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: (518) 442-4689
  • Mailing Address:
  • 1400 Washington Ave.
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany
    Albany, NY 12222

CV: Curriculum Vitae


  • 1978 Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University
  • 1974 M.A., Sociology, Stanford University
  • 1971 B.A., Sociology, Michigan State University

Recent Research Projects

  • Daring Modesty: The Generation, Analysis and Development of Sociological
    -- This is a comprehensive, book-length consideration of four basic questions regarding the construction of sociological theories:
      • What is the purpose of theorizing?
      • From what sources do sociological theories come?
      • How can we tell whether our theories are "good" or "bad?"
      • How do we go about making our good theories better?
  • The Attribution of Instrumental and Expressive Task Roles -- This work involves a series of experiments testing whether patterns of behavioral interaction (rather than gender differences, as is traditionally assumed) predict the attribution of instrumental and expressive roles in task groups.
  • Characteristics, Objects, and Information: An Integrated View of Instrumental Task Behavior -- This work involves the extension of status characteristics theory and the performance of several experiments to account for the effects of group members' differential possession of task-relevant objects, abilities or information on task performance.

Research Interests

  • Sociological Theory & Theory Construction
  • Social Psychology
  • Sex and Gender Stratification
  • Sociology of Science and Knowledge
  • Mathmatical Sociology
  • Organizational Processes

Courses Taught

  • SOC235: Sociological Theory
  • SOC260: Social Psychology
  • SOC325: Sociology of Science
  • SOC460: Seminar in Social Psycholgy (usually subtitled "Status, Expectations and Rewards")
  • SOC511: Sociological Theories II
  • SOC549: Social Psychology
  • SOC555: Social Interaction Processes
  • SOC710: Theory Construction