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Discussing a 9/11 Memorial Quilt with a Lifelong Learning class.


2001    Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia 

1998    Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Georgia      

1996    M.A., Sociology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

1993    B.A., Sociology, Communications, English Literature, Regis University

Academic Experience


2014-present    Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Iowa

2015-2019        Department Head, Dept of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, University of Northern Iowa 

2015-2016        Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, Bristol University (Sept - Oct 2015) 

2009-2012        Co-Editor, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

2008-2014        Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Iowa

2003-2008        Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Iowa




2010 - present

2010 - present


Published Peer-Reviewed Books

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



Published Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

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

Braden Leap, Marybeth C. Stalp, and Kimberly Kelly. Forthcoming. "'Raging Against the Neoliberal Hellscape': Civil Society Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States." Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.

Braden Leap, Kimberly Kelly, and Marybeth C. Stalp. Forthcoming. "Choreographing Social Reproduction: Making Personal Protective Equipment and Gender During a Neoliberal Pandemic." Gender, Work & Organization.

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Ann Rippin. Forthcoming. “‘In Theory, My Stash is For Using: British Quilters, the Fabric Stash, and a Quilting Space of One’s Own.” Quilt Studies, Journal of the British Quilt Study Group

Marybeth C. Stalp, and Susan Hill. 2019. "The Expectations of Adult-ing: 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 in the United States." 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” Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules in Public Spaces, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, pp. 67-77. 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): 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. 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):  99-114.


Annette Lynch, Marybeth C. Stalp, and M. Elise Radina. 2007. “Growing Old and Dressing (Dis)gracefully.”  Dress Sense: Emotional and Sensory Experiences of the Body and Clothes, Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 144-155. 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.



2016-2017      Teach UNI Faculty Teaching Certificate Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, University of Northern Iowa

2015-2016      CSBS Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of Northern Iowa

2014-2015       CSBS Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of Northern Iowa

2011-2012       The Excellence in Liberal Arts Core Teaching Award, University of Northern Iowa ​

2008-2009       Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, University of Northern Iowa

2006-2007       University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Northern Iowa

1999-2000       Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia​

1998-1999       Certificate of Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia


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