Sociology & Anthropology

Robert Hironimus-Wendt

Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1997
Professor of Sociology


  • Soc 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 300 Minority Peoples
  • Soc 333 Classical Social Theory
  • Soc 415 Social Stratification
  • Soc 525 Advanced Studies in Social Inequality
  • Soc 612 Seminar in the Instruction of Undergraduate Sociology

Areas of Specialization

  • Teaching and Learning, Social Inequality, Labor Relations


  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. and Doreen A. Dedjoe. 2015. “Glass Ceilings and Gated Communities in Higher Education.” Pp. 37-54 in Kristine De Welde and Andi Stepnick, Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2012. “Buyer Beware: Publishing in an Era of Predatory Publishers.” ASA Footnotes: A Publication of the American Sociological Association 40(5):14-15. Washington, DC: American Sociological Society.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J., and Lora Ebert Wallace. 2009. “The Sociological Imagination and Social Responsibility.” Teaching Sociology 37(1):76-88.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2008. “The Human Costs of Worker Displacement.” Humanity and Society 32(1):71-93.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2008. “Advice from Displaced Workers on Negotiating Unemployment.” Social Policy 38(3): 43-50, 59.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J., and Fred Spannaus. 2007. “The Social Costs of Worker Displacement.” Social Policy 37: 83-89.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2005. “Introduction: What is Service Learning?” In JoAnn DeFiore, Morten G. Ender and Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski (editors), Service-Learning and Undergraduate Sociology: Research, Syllabi, and Instructional Materials (3rd edition). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2001. “Cui Bono?: The Calculus of School Vouchers.” Humanity and Society 25(2): 171-173.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J., and Larry Lovell-Troy. 1999. "Grounding Service-Learning in Social Theory." Teaching Sociology 27(4): 360-72.


  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2017.  "The Duality of Affirmative Action." Paper presentation given at the Pacific Sociological Association meetings, Portland, OR, Apr. 9-12, 2017.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2015. "Wage Premiums in Higher Education and the Gender Wage Gap." Paper presented at the Association for Humanist Sociology meetings, Portland, OR, Oct. 23, 2015.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. and Kenneth S. Hawkinson. 2014. “Predatory Journals: Contractual Considerations.” Presentation made at the Academy for Academic Personnel Administration National Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Nov. 5, 2014.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2013. The Gender Wage Gap in Higher Education: Assessing the Role of ‘Gated Communities’ at the Level of the State.” Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings, Atlanta, GA. April 24-27, 2013.
  • Radio Interview. March 13, 2012. “Sociologist’s View of Same-sex Marriage.” WNIJ, DeKalb, Illinois. A subsidiary of National Public Radio, (NPR). This interview was immediately prior to the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage.
  • Dedjoe, Doreen A., and Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt. 2011. “Gated Communities and Glass Ceilings: Revealing Discrimination in Higher Education Labor Markets.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, MO, March 25, 2011.
  • Allred, Mollie, Adam J. Busard, Judith M. Dallinger, and Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt. 2010. “Creating Ownership: Increasing Communication with Faculty and Peer Mentors through Multi-Media.” Panel presentation at the 29th Annual FYE Conference, Denver, CO, February 2010.    
  • Radio Interview. February 18, 2009. “Worker Displacement, Labor Relations, and Community Cohesion.” Focus 580 with David Inge. WILL, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. A subsidiary of National Public Radio, (NPR). This hour-long, call-in show focused on the lessons learned from the Firestone Plant closing in Decatur, IL.
  • Radio Interview. WIUS, Springfield, Illinois. A subsidiary of National Public Radio, (NPR). Feb. 2009. The interview focused on the long-term consequences of displacement upon families, and upon the implications of the Decatur study for unemployment policy.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2009. “On Teaching Social Responsibility.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, Des Moines, IA, April 2009.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2008. “On Surviving Job Loss.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, MO, Mar. 2008.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2007. “Advice from Displaced Workers on Surviving Job Loss.” Paper presented at the joint annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, Apr. 2007.
  • Hironimus-Wendt, Robert J. 2006. “Teaching Sociology for Humanist Outcomes: Assessing the Impact of Service Learning.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Humanist Sociology, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 2006.
  • Moely, Barbara E., and Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt. 2005. “Writing and Research for Publication.” Presentation made at the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) meeting. New Orleans, LA, Mar. 4-6, 2005. PowerPoint available on line at the Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership webpage. Louisiana State University.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

  • Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pacific Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society, Midwest Sociological Society, American Sociological Association, Association of Humanist Sociology, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, the NAACP

Dr. Hironimus-Wendt joined the Department in 2005.