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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of South Carolina

Barry Markovsky's research areas include group processes, social psychology, social networks, methods of theory construction, experimental research, and computer simulations. His most recent work has addressed social status, identity, fairness perceptions, cooperation, and influence in small group contexts, and has developed online tools for building, evaluating, and disseminating sociological theories. He has taught courses in group processes, pseudoscience and paranormal beliefs, and theory construction. Prior to his position at the University of South Carolina, he was Sociology Program Director at the National Science Foundation and Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at the University of Iowa.


  • 2020–present
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
  • 2001–2020
    Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina
  • 1983–2001
    Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa


  • 1983 
    Stanford University, Ph.D.