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


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Kent State University, 2010
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Kent State University, 2010

Selected publications

2023.  Wyatt, Randall and David Merolla. Group Positions Beyond the Binary: The Determinants of Immigration Attitudes Among Black, Hispanic, and White Americans. Sociological Focus. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00380237.2023.2239734

2022. Hunt, Whitney, and David M. Merolla. "Genes and race in the era of genetic ancestry testing: The geneticization of identity and the social deconstruction of whiteness." Sociology Compass (2022): e13011

2021. Nazaretian, Zavin, Cedrick Heraux, and David M. Merolla. "Perceived threat and officer-involved shootings: characteristics leading to fatal vs non-fatal instances." Policing: An International Journal.

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

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.

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Courses taught by David Merolla

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022