Dr. Mariah Evans

Professor | Department of Sociology | Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1983



Dr. Mariah D.R. Evans is Professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Coordinator of the Applied Statistics Program (APST); her appointment was jointly in CABNR until June 2011. Dr. Evans received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1983. Before joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006, Dr. Evans was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2011, she received CABNR’s annual Outstanding Researcher Award. She has published widely in social statistics, survey design and methods, social psychology and culture (especially on happiness, on attitudes and values concerning inequality and concerning emerging science and technology issues), social stratification (with special reference to home and school influences on education), comparative methods, and demography. Her research on rural communities includes social impact assessments, community resilience, and applications of the theory of planned behavior to wildfire preparedness and to childhood obesity prevention.

Recent Publications

Evans, M.D.R., J. Kelley, and R. Wanner. 2009. “Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990.” Comparative Sociology 8: 105–146.

Kelley, S.M.C., C.G.E. Kelley, M.D.R. Evans, and J. Kelley. 2009. “Work-Family Conflict and Support for Maternal Employment at Home Rather than Outside the Home: Attitudes in Australia, 2002.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 21: 98-110.

Evans, M.D.R. and J. Kelley. 2009. “Traditional vs Modern Lifestyles and Parental Divorce: Rurality, Education, Religion, Ethnicity, and Income.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family 35(1):1-23.

Kelley, J. and M.D.R. Evans. 2009. “Economic Development Reduces Tolerance for Inequality: A Comparative Analysis of 33 Nations.” P. 49-72 in Charting the Globe: The International Social Survey Programme 1984-2009 edited by Max Haller, Roger Jowell and Tom Smith. London: Routledge.

Kelley, C.G.E., S.M.C. Kelley, M.D.R. Evans, and J. Kelley. 2010. “Attitudes Toward Home-Based Employment for Mothers of Young Children: Australian Evidence.” International Journal of Social Welfare 19(1): 33-44.

Zagorski, K., J. Kelley, and M.D.R. Evans. 2010. “Economic Development and Happiness: Evidence from 39 Nations.” Polish Sociological Review 2010(1):3-20.

Evans, M.D.R., J.Kelley, and C. Peoples. 2010. “Justifications of Inequality: The Normative Basis of Pay Differentials in 31 Nations.” Social Science Quarterly 91(5):1405-1431.

Rollins, K.S., M. Kobayashi, and M.D.R. Evans. 2010. “Sensitivity of WTP Estimates to Definitions of ‘Yes’: Reinterpreting Expressed Response Intensity.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39(1):1-17.

Evans, M.D.R., J. Kelley, J. Sikora, and D. J. Treiman. 2010. “Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Evidence From 27 Nations.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28(2):171-197.

Breznau, N., V. Lykes, J. Kelley, M.D.R. Evans. 2011. “A Clash of Civilizations? Preferences for Religious Political Leaders in 81 Nations.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50(4):671–691

Evans, M.D.R. and J. Kelley. 2011. “US Attitudes Towards Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” Nature Biotechnology 29(6):484-488.