Chris C. Martin


I recently completed a PhD in sociology at Emory University. I conduct research on culture, mental health, and well-being.


I have a bachelors degree in psychology from Davidson College, a masters degree in human -computer interaction from Georgia Tech, and a masters degree in experimental psychology from the College of William and Mary.

Currently Reading

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I'm the host of Half Hour of Heterodoxy, a podcast produced by Heterodox Academy.


Davidson College (1995-1999) B.A. cum laude in Psychology with Music Minor
Georgia Institute of Technology (1999-2000) M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction
College of William & Mary (2010-2012) M.A. in Experimental Psychology
Emory University (2012-2017) Ph.D. in Sociology

Selected Publications and Recent Talks

Martin, C. C. (2019). High Socioeconomic Status Predicts Substance Use and Alcohol Consumption in U.S. Undergraduates. Substance Use & Misuse. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1559193

Martin, C. C. (2017). Stereotypes violate the postmodern construction of personal autonomy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e1. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X15002381

Martin, C. C. (2018). Neglected Tradeoffs in Social Justice Research. In L. Jussim, & J. Crawford (Eds.), Politics of Social Psychology. New York: Psychology Press.

Keyes, C. L. M., & Martin, C. C. (in press). The Complete State Model of Mental Health. In M. Slade, I. Oades, & A. Jarden (Eds.), Wellbeing, Recovery, and Mental Health. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Martin, C. C. & Keyes, C. L. M. (2015). Investigating the Goldilocks Hypothesis: The Non-Linear Impact of Positive Trait Change on Well-Being. PLOS ONE, 10(7). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131316

Martin, C. C. (2015). How Ideology Has Hindered Sociological Insight. The American Sociologist. doi: 10.1007/s12108-015-9263-z

Martin, C. C. & Webster, G. D. (2014). No Support for Declining Effect Sizes over Time: Evidence from Three Meta-Meta-Analyses. Presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Athens, GA. doi: 10.13140/2.1.4824.3204

Martin, C. C. & Nezlek, J. B. (2014). The White Ceiling Heuristic and the Underestimation of Asian-American Income. PLOS ONE, 9(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108732

Keyes, C. L. M., Kendler, K., Myers, J., & Martin C. C. (2014). The Genetic Overlap and Distinctiveness of Flourishing and the Big Five Personality Traits. Journal of Happiness Studies. Published online before print. doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9527-2


My advisor is Dr. Corey L. M. Keyes. He is known for his work in eudaimonic happiness and social well-being. Here is a recent talk by him.

My graduate advisor at the College of William and Mary, Todd Thrash, researches several aspects of personality and creativity. I also worked with John Nezlek, an expert in HLM and daily diary studies, and Joanna Schug, a cultural psychologist.

My graduate advisors at Georgia Tech, John Stasko and Mark Guzdial, conduct research on information visualization and educational technology.

My undergraduate advisor, Greta Munger, conducts research on perception. She and her husband used to manage the blog Cognitive Daily.

Let's Get in Touch

Department of Sociology
Emory University
1555 Dickey Dr. 225 Tarbutton Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322