Jeffery Sobal

 

Jeffery Sobal

Professor
407 Savage Hall
 
Phone: (607) 255-6015
Email: js57@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
 
Biographical Statement:

I am a sociologist who incorporates substantive, theoretical, and methodological work from several social science disciplines and fields into my teaching and research about social aspects of food, eating, and nutrition. Substantively, my research focuses on the social causes and consequences of obesity, especially marriage and body weight;  food choice processes;  eating relationships and commensality;  family meals;  and food systems. Theoretically, I teach and use a variety of perspectives, and my theoretical work focuses on conceptualizing social relationship trajectories, social selection and social causation, and how physical factors are related with social factors. Methodologically, I use quantitative and qualitative techniques, and my methodological work focuses upon assessing qualitative sample extensiveness, developing category content elicitation methods, and constructing ways to assess eating partners.

 
Teaching and Advising Statement:

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses as well as mentor students in research.  I seek to provide students with conceptual and methodological tools that they can bring to bear upon topics and problems that they will deal with in the future.  My teaching seeks to provide a fair balance in exposing and educating students about a variety of theoretical perspectives and research techniques, recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each theory and method, and present specific substantive material.  My mentoring of students seeks to give them hands-on experience in pursuing social science research about food and nutrition topics.

 
Current Professional Activities:

American Sociological Association (ASA)
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)

Cornell Graduate Field Memberships: Nutrition; Development Sociology; Demography; Epidemiology

 
Current Research Activities:

Marriage and Body Weight, Food Choice Processes, Commensality and Family Meals, Food Systems

 
Education:
  • BA 1972 - Bucknell University (Biology)
  • MA 1974 - University of Pennsylvania (Sociology) 
  • MPH 1983 - Johns Hopkins University (Behavioral Science, Nutrition, and Epidemiology)
  • PhD 1978 - University of Pennsylvania (Sociology)

 
Courses Taught:

NS 2450 - Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition
NS 6400 - Social Science Theories in Nutrition
NS 7030 - Seminar in Nutritional Sciences

 
Related Websites:

DNS Home Page

Cornell Food Choice Research Group

 
Administrative Responsibilities:

Nutritional Sciences: Appointments and Tenure Committee

Nutritional Sciences: Member of search committee for the Babcock Chair position

College of Human Ecology:  Dean's Fellowship Committee, History of Home Economics

College of Human Ecology: Internal promotion review ad hoc committee

 
Selected Publications:

Sobal, J., Khan, L.K., Bisogni, C.A. A conceptual model of the food and nutrition system. Social Science and Medicine 1998;47(7):853-63.

Bove, C.F., Sobal, J., Rauschenbach, B.S. Food choices among newly married couples: Convergence, conflict, individualism, and projects. Appetite 2003:40:25-41.

Bove, C.F., Sobal, J.  Weight relationships in early marriage: Weight salience, weight comparisons, and weight talk. Appetite 2011;57:729-742.

Sobal, J., Rauschenbach, B., Frongillo, E.A. Marital status changes and body weight changes: A U.S. longitudinal analysis. Social Science and Medicine 2003:56(7):1543-1555.

Sobal, J., Hanson, K., Frongillo, E.A. Gender, ethnicity, marital status, and body weight in the U.S. Obesity 2009;17:2223-2231.

Sobal, J., Hanson, K. Marital status, marital history, body weight, and obesity. Marriage and Family Review 2011;47(7):474-504.

Sobal, J., Nelson, M.K. Commensal eating patterns: A community study. Appetite 2003:41:181-190.

Sobal, J., Bisogni, C.A., Devine, C.M., and Jastran, M. A conceptual model of the food choice process over the life course. In: Shepherd, R. and Raats, M. (eds). The psychology of food choice. Cambridge MA: CABI Publishing. 2006. pp 1-18.

Sobal, J. Bisogni, C.A. Constructing food choice decisions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2009;38(Supplement 1):S37-S46.

Sobal, J., Wansink, B. Kitchenscapes, tablescapes, platescapes, and foodscapes: Influences of micro-level built environments on food intake. Environment and Behavior 2007;39(1):124-142.

Griffin, J., Sobal, J., Lyson, T.A. An analysis of a community food waste stream. Agriculture and Human Values 2009;26(1):67-81.

Sobal, J. Hanson, K.. Family meals and body weight in U.S. adults.  Public Health Nutrition 2011. 14(9):1555-1562.

Chan, J., Sobal, J. Family meals and body weight: Analysis of multiple family members in family units. Appetite 2011;57:517-524.

Maurer, D. and Sobal, J. (eds). Eating Agendas: Food and Nutrition as Social Problems. Piscataway NJ:  Aldine Transaction. 1995.

Sobal, J. and Maurer, D. (eds). Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems. Piscataway, NJ: Aldine Transaction. 1999.

Sobal, J. and Maurer, D. (eds). Interpreting Weight: Social Management of Fatness and Thinness. Piscataway, NJ: Aldine Transaction. 1999.

 
Searchable Keywords:
Medical Sociology, Health, Marriage, Obesity, Nutrition, Gender Issues, Cross Cultural Studies

 
The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.