Tony Love

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  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Sociology
1561 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2012 M.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2008 B.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2004


Tony Love was raised near Blossom, Texas, which is a suburb of the sprawling metropolis of Paris, Texas. It was there that he fell in love and married his high school sweetheart, Melissa. In those first years of marriage, Tony worked in a Sara Lee factory to pay the bills. It didn't take long for him to realize that completing college should be a priority in his life.  Little did he know that he would spend the rest of his life pursuing his passion in Sociology. Along the way, he became a father to four sons, his greatest treasure and most important ongoing research projects.


Dr. Love is a social psychologist and a criminologist. His recent work focuses on the social psychological aspects of crime and deviant behavior. He has published in the areas of juvenile delinquency and intimate partner victimization. In addition to his recent criminological research, he has studied social psychological issues such as role-taking, identity change, and problems in current sociological methodology.  Dr. Love enjoys conducting social psychological experiments, and if known outside of UK for anything, it is most likely for a National Science Foundation sponsored experimental study of the relationships among power, gender, and the ability to accurately take the role of the other.

Selected Publications: 

Tony P. Love and Jenny L. Davis. 2014. “The Effect of Status on Role-Taking Accuracy.” American Sociological Review, 79:824-843.


 Jeffrey Ackerman and Tony P. Love. 2014. “Ethnic Group Differences in Police Notification About Intimate Partner Violence.”  Violence Against Women, 20: 162-185.


D’Lane Compton, Tony P. Love, and Jane Sell. 2012. “Developing and Assessing Inter-coder Reliability in Studies of Group Interaction.” Sociological Methodology, 42: 348-364.


Jane Sell and Tony P. Love.  2009. “Common Fate, Crisis, and Cooperation in Social Dilemmas.”Advances in Group Processes. 26: 53-79.

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