Kelly Bergstrand is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and specializes in social movements, environmental sociology, and social psychology. Her current research projects include examining sources of community resilience after environmental disasters and investigating whether certain types of social movement issues are inherently more powerful in attracting resources and public support. Recent publications include articles in Mobilization, Nature Climate Change, Social Indicators Research, Energy Policy, Sociological Forum, and Social Science Research. She teaches courses in environmental sociology, research methods and social statistics.

  • 2015 - Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Arizona
  • 2008 - M.A. in Sociology, University of Arizona
  • 2002 - B.A. in Political Science and Economics, Marlboro College
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  • Assessing the Relationship Between Social Vulnerability and Community Resilience to Hazards 

    Bergstrand, Kelly; Mayer, Brian; Brumback, Babette; Zhang, Yi (Springer Science+Business Media DordrechtDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2014-07)
    This article contributes to the disaster literature by measuring and connecting two concepts that are highly related but whose relationship is rarely empirically evaluated: social vulnerability and community resilience. ...
  • It takes two: A dyadic model of recruitment to civic activity 

    Beyerlein, Kraig; Bergstrand, Kelly (ElsevierDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2016-11)
    Why are some people, but not others, asked to engage in civic activity? Rather than focus on the personal traits of either potential recruits or recruiters for this initial stage of recruitment, we develop and test a ...
  • Negotiating the Unknown: The Role of Uncertainty in Social Exchange 

    Savage, Scott V.; Bergstrand, Kelly (Blackwell Publishing LtdDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2012)
    This article documents the role of uncertainty in social exchange. Specifically, it reviews how social exchange theorists incorporate uncertainty when explaining psychological processes and social behaviors. After identifying ...
  • Compensation and Community Corrosion: Perceived Inequalities, Social Comparisons, and Competition Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 

    Mayer, Brian; Running, Katrina; Bergstrand, Kelly (Eastern Sociological SocietyDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Texas at Arlington, 2015-06)
    After disasters, victim compensation programs are typically associated with individual healing and community rebuilding. But postdisaster compensation systems also have the potential to introduce confusion and competition, ...
  • The Mobilizing Power Of Grievances: Applying Loss Aversion And Omission Bias To Social Movements 

    Bergstrand, Kelly (MobilizationDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2014)
    This study investigates how the nature of grievances can provide advantages or disadvantages to social movements. I use an experimental design to test the effects of loss aversion and omission bias on people’s reactions ...
  • The Appearance and the Reality of Quid Pro Quo Corruption: An Empirical Investigation 

    Robertson, Christopher; Winkelman, D. Alex; Bergstrand, Kelly; Modzelewski, Darren (Oxford University PressDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington, May 23, 20)
    The Supreme Court says that campaign finance regulations are unconstitutional unless they target “quid pro quo” corruption or its appearance. To test those appearances, we fielded two studies. First, in a highly realistic ...