Grad Students

Carmella N. Stoddard

Contact Information

Office  Haines 206

My research addresses the social, structural, cultural, and interpersonal dynamics of intimate interracial relationships (dating, cohabitation, marriage, etc.) through various stages of relationship formation and dissolution. Currently, I extend previous investigations of interracial partner selection behavior among online daters beyond the empirical focus on more traditional long-term relationships.

For my recent MA paper, I analyze interaction data from a popular U.S.-based online dating website to determine how gender, race and ethnicity, and relationship type of interest impact interracial partner selection behavior. Specifically, I examine whether online daters seeking casual sex or short-term dating are more likely to contact interracial partners than those seeking long-term dating relationships.

In later analyses, I will investigate how multiracial identity impacts partner selection behavior, as well as how users communicate and substantiate interracial relationship interest. I am primarily interested in whether and how the self-presentation of online daters reinforces or deconstructs hegemonic cultural notions of gendered racial identity and racialized sexuality. Broadly speaking, my research aims to shed light on the macro- and microsociological processes of interracial relationship formation both on- and offline. 

Fields of Study

Race & Ethnicity, Cultural Sociology, Social Psychology, Social Networks, Quantitative Methods


Substantive Topics: Interracial Relationships, Multiracial Identity, Race & Media Representation

Grants and Awards

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2016)

Graduate Research Mentorship (2015)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2015, 2016)

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow in Sociology (2014)

Conference Presentations

“Beyond Ambiguity: 'Controlling' Images and the Depiction of Interracial Intimacy in IKEA’s Moo Cow Milker Television Commercial Advertisement.”

Presented at the 11th Annual International Visual Sociology Association Conference, University of London, Goldsmiths, London, England, 9 July 2013

This panel brought together papers raising critical questions about the centrality of visibility itself for the surveillance of the body, especially in relation to ideas about beauty, attractiveness, and difference. Papers discussing the ethics of the visual itself and the ways in which the visual has the potential to ensnare what it seeks to untangle were encouraged to submit proposals for competitive selection by panel Chair, Dr. Monica Moreno-Figueroa (Department of Sociology, Newcastle University).


Professor Vilma Ortiz

Associate Professor Gabriel Rossman

Associate Professor Marcus Hunter

Associate Professor Jennifer Lundquist (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


M.A. in Sociology, University of California Los Angeles (2016)

M.A. in Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2015)

B.A. cum laude in American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California (2011)