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Tony Love


2012 Ph.D., Sociology, Texas A&M University

2008 M.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University

2004 B.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University


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.  Recently, Dr. Love became an Honorary Lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in conjunction with a generous grant from the ANU Future's Scheme to conduct research on role-taking. You can learn more about role-taking and the project at

Selected Publications:
Jenny L. Davis, Tony P. Love, and Phoenicia Phares. 2019. “Collective Social Identity: Synthesizing Identity Theory and Social Identity Theory Using Digital Data.” Social Psychology Quarterly. 
Jenny L. Davis and Tony P. Love. 2019. “Generalizing from Social Media Data: A Formal Theory Approach.” Information, Communication, and Society. 22: 637-647. 
Tony P. Love and Edward W. Morris. 2018. “Opportunities Diverted: Intake Diversion and Institutionalized Racial Disadvantage in the Juvenile Justice System.” Race and Social Problems. 11: 33-44. 
Jenny L. Davis, Tony P. Love, and Gemma Killen. 2018. “Seriously Funny: The Political Work of Humor on Social Media.” New Media & Society. 20: 3898-3916. 
Mairead E. Moloney and Tony P. Love. 2018. “#TheFappening: Virtual Manhood Acts in (Homo)Social Media.” Men & Masculinities 21 (5), 603-623. 
Mairead E. Moloney and Tony P. Love. 2018. “Assessing Online Misogyny: Perspectives from Sociology and Feminist Media Studies.” Sociology Compass. 12:e12577. 
Tony P. Love, Jenny L. Davis, and Joseph M. Calvert. 2018. “A Mixed-Methods Examination of Morality Work through Sentiment Analysis and Qualitative Coding of Twitter Data.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. 
Tony P. Love, Mairead E. Moloney, and Amanda M. Bunting. 2018. “Analyzing Virtual Manhood: Qualitative Analysis of Fappening-related Twitter Data.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. 
Jenny L. Davis and Tony P. Love. 2017. “Self-in-Self, Mind-in-Mind, Heart-in-Heart: The Future of Role-taking, Perspective Taking, and Empathy.” Advances in Group Processes 34: 151-174. 
Jenny L. Davis and Tony P. Love. 2017. “Women Who Stay: A Morality Work Perspective.” Social Problems. 65:251-265. 
Jenny L. Davis and Tony P. Love. 2017. “The Effect of Status on Identity Stability.” Sociological Perspectives 60: 497-509. 
Heili Pals, Tony P. Love, Bryce Hannibal, and Warren Waren. 2016. “The Consequences of School Environment and Locus of Control on Adulthood Deviant Behavior.” Deviant Behavior 37: 1003-1022. 
Lynch, Kellie R., Tony P. Love, and Claire M. Renzetti. 2016. “Gun Violence in the U.S.: Prevalence, Consequences, and Policy Implications” Pp. 93-102 in Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2016, edited by G. Muschert, B. Klocke, R. Perrucci, and J. Shefner. Bristol: Policy Press. 
Tony P. Love and Carlton Mathis. 2015. “Control Balance Theory as a Predictor of Deviant Behavior and Victimization at Two Early Stages in the Life Course.” International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Criminal Law. 
Jenny L. Davis, D’Lane Compton, D. Nicole Farris, and Tony P. Love. 2015. “Implementing and Analyzing Social Media in Higher Education.” Journal of Faculty Development 29(2): 9-16. 
Tony P. Love and Jenny L. Davis. 2014. “The Effect of Status on Role-Taking Accuracy.” American Sociological Review 79(5): 848-865. 
Jeffrey Ackerman and Tony P. Love. 2014. “Ethnic Group Differences in Police Notification About Intimate Partner Violence.” Violence Against Women 20(2):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.