Tracy L. Scott

Associate Professor of Teaching

Office: Tarbutton Hall 230

Phone: 404-727-7515

Fax: 404-727-7532



  • PhD in Sociology, Princeton University, 1999
  • MA in Sociology, Princeton University, 1992
  • MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1989
  • AB in Economics, Stanford University, 1983


Dr. Tracy L. Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology.

Dr. Scott received an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University, an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.

While finishing her dissertation about gender and religious differences in work values, Dr. Scott began a career as a health services researcher. She continued in that field for 11 years, first as a senior researcher at the Prudential Center for Health Care Research and then as a Research Assistant Professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Although Dr. Scott valued her time in healthcare research, her primary interests are in the sociology of culture and gender, and in teaching. In 2007, she moved into a full time position with the Sociology Department at Emory University. 

From 2014 to 2020, she was Director of Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): The Nature of Evidence: How Do We Know? For more on the QEP, go here

Dr. Scott focuses her teaching on making connections between the evidence produced by social research and everyday life. Her goal is that students use this evidence to understand the world more critically, be more reflective in their actions, and make more informed choices in their own lives.


Dr. Scott’s research focuses on culture, gender, and work. She is particularly interested in how culture (e.g., religion; gender role norms) influences life decisions (e.g., career paths) and general aspects of daily life (e.g., work practices).

Current Research Projects:

An ethnography of undergraduate college-to-career culture at a liberal arts university, exploring how student culture creates mechanisms of career funneling specific to the local context, yet also related to broader notions of career prestige and success propagated by elite institutions of higher education in the U.S.  

A sociological exploration of the original “Moonshot”: the early space era in the U.S. (1958-1973), when science fiction becomes science fact. Using archival and oral history methods, focusing particularly on U.S. Astronaut Groups 2 and 3 during the Gemini and Apollo programs, I explore the new social constructions of space flight, the astronaut, the astronaut family, and NASA.  


Key Publications:

Simula, BL, Scott TL. 2021. "Disciplining Academic Identities: Boundaries and Identity Work among Arts and Sciences Faculty." Social Currents 8(4):378-397.

Simula, BL, Scott, TL. 2020. “The Impact of Pressures to Produce on Knowledge Production and Evaluation in the Modern Academy.” Social Sciences 9(5), 64.

Scott TL. 2002. Choices, Constraints, and Calling: Protestant Conservative Women and the Meaning of Work in the U.S. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 22:1-38.

Scott TL, Gazmararian JA, Williams MV, Baker DW. 2002. Health Literacy and Preventive Health Care Use among Medicare Enrollees in a Managed Care Organization. Medical Care 40:395-404.

Gazmararian JA, Baker DW, Williams MV, Parker RM, Scott TL, Green DC, Fehrenbach SN, Ren J, Koplan JP. 1999. Health Literacy among Medicare Enrollees in a Managed Care Organization.  Journal of the American Medical Association 281:545-551.