Melissa R. Herman

Lecturer in Writing

Curriculum Vitae
302-A Parker House
HB 6250
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University

Selected Publications

“The Black-White-Other Test Score Gap: Testing Theories of Academic Performance Among Multiracial and Monoracial Adolescents,” Sociology of Education , 82:1 (2009) 20-46.

“Ethnicity and Image: Correlates of Crowd Affiliation Among Ethnic Minority Youth,” with B B Brown, J V Hamm, and D J Heck, Child Development , 79:3 (2008) 528-546.

“Racial Identification among Multiracial Youth: Implications for Adjustment,” The Handbook of Race, Racism, and the Developing Child , S Quintana and C McKowan (eds.) (2008) 203-225.

“Forced to Choose: Some Determinants of Racial Identification in Multi-racial Adolescents,” Child Development , 75:3 (2004) 730-748.

“How Neighborhoods, Families, Peer Groups, and Schools Jointly Affect Changes in Early Adolescent Development,” with T D Cook, M Phillips, and R A Settersten, Child Development , 73:4 (2002) 1283-1309.

“The Influence of Family Regulation, Connection, and Psychological Autonomy on Six Measures of Adolescent Functioning,” with S M Dornbusch and J R Herting, Journal of Adolescent Research , 12:1 (1997).

“Is Tracking as Insidious as it Sounds? Testing the Assumption of Mono-tracking” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, 1995.

Speaking Engagements

Duke University, Sociology Department, March 2009, “I wouldn’t, but you can: attitudes toward interracial marriage.”

Northwestern University, Psychology Department, October 2008, “Multiracial Phenotypes: Physicians’ perceptions of race.”

University of Illinois, Chicago, African American Studies and Sociology Departments, October 2008, “Ethnic Boundary Crossing and Social Exclusion: Perceptions of Multiracial Americans”

University of Iowa, Sociology Department, December 2007, “Multiracial Phenotypes in an Experimental Study: How observer characteristics affect perceptions of race.”

Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, October 2007, “Status and Stereotypes” a workshop on using Complex Instruction to combat status orders and stereotypes in the classroom.

Selected Works and Activities

Elected Positions

Council Member, Children and Youth section of the ASA, 2007-2010

Executive Council Member: Society for Research on Adolescence, 1996-98


Research consultant, Minority Student Achievement Network, 2002-2003

Consultant and guest speaker, Upper Valley Teacher’s Institute, 2005-2009

Research consultant to two studies of minority achievement and retention in math, science, and technology: Brian Pogue of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and Vicki May of DCAL (Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning)

Research associate, Inverness Research Associates, California Subject Matter Projects, 1994-1995


Consulting Editor, Child Development, Special Issue on Race, 2005-06

Article reviewer for the American Sociological Review, Child Development, Sociology of Education, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Self & Identity, Teacher’s College Record, Journal of Adolescence, and Social Psychology Quarterly

Grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation

Book reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Routledge Press