Gerald Roman Nowak III

Gerald Roman Nowak III

Graduate Teaching Assistant

(734) 272-2494

2228 Faculty Administration Building (FAB)
656 W. Kirby St.
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Curriculum vitae

Gerald Roman Nowak III



Gerald Roman Nowak III is a graduate teaching assistant who studies sociology at Wayne State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wayne State in 2017. His research focuses on racial inequalities in the context of consumer markets. He is currently working on his master’s thesis, which is titled “The Effect of Full-Service Restaurant Servers’ Race on Consumer Appraisals.” The aim of this research is to assess whether consumers evaluate Black front-line service providers differently than comparable Whites. He expects to defend his thesis on April 15th of 2019. Gerald has also contributed to articles that were published in Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and The American Sociologist.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Race and Ethnicity, Occupational Health and Wellness, Quantitative Approaches


  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Wayne State University, 2017
  • Associate of Applied Science, Marketing and Applied Management, Schoolcraft Community College, 2015
  • Associate of Arts, Business Administration, Schoolcraft Community College, 2014

Awards and grants

  • AGRADE Scholarship, The Graduate School, Wayne State University, 2018

  • Research Grant, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Wayne State University, 2017

  • Dorothy C. Dolan Endowed Scholarship, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University, 2017

  • Frank Filipek Scholarship, Friends of Polish Art, 2017

  • The Lucille Makarov Memorial Scholarship, Department of Sociology, Wayne State University, 2016

Selected publications

Brewster, Zachary Wayne and Gerald Roman Nowak III. 2018. “Racial Prejudices, Racialized Workplaces, and Restaurant Servers’ Hyperbolic Perceptions of Black–White Tipping Differences.” Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Wills, Jeremiah B, Zachary Wayne Brewster and Gerald Roman Nowak III. 2018. “Students’ Religiosity and Perceptions of Professor Bias: Some Empirical Lessons for Sociologists.” The American Sociologist.

Currently teaching

  • Soc 3220 (Intro to Social Statistics)