David Merolla

David Merolla

Associate Professor
Department Chair

313-577-2930 (Main Sociology Office)


2253 FAB

Curriculum vitae

David Merolla



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods


  • B.A. Sociology, Kent State University, 2004
  • M.A. Sociology, Kent State University, 2007
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Kent State University, 2010

Selected publications

2020. Smith, J.P. and Merolla, D.M., 2020. PUFF, PUFF, PASS: The Effect of Racial Prejudice on White Americans’ Attitudes towards Marijuana Legalization. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 17(1), pp.189-206.

2019 Jason P. Smith and David Merolla. “Black, Blue, and Blow: The Effect of Race and Criminal History on Perceptions of Police Violence. Sociological Inquiry DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12275

2019 David M. Merolla and Omari Jackson. “Structural Racism as the Fundamental Cause of the achievement Gap.” Sociology Compass DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12696

2019 Merolla, David, and Erin. "University Racial Composition and Self-Esteem: Commitment, Self Views and Reflected Appraisals." Chapter under consideration at Identities and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations: Building Bridges. Edited by Richard T. Serpe, Robyn Stryker and Brian Powell.

2018 David M. Merolla. “Completing the Educational Career: College Enrollment and College Completion for Black, Hispanic and White students” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4 (2) 281-297.

Citation index