Diana Kendall

Diana Kendall
Professor of Sociology
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Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980
M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1969
B.S. Speech, Hardin-Simmons University, 1967
B.S. English, Hardin-Simmons University, 1967


Dr. Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor.  She specializes in Sociology of Medicine and Sociological Theory (graduate).  Dr. Kendall’s primary research interest is social inequality, particularly the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, age, and health status, in the twenty-first century. She always enjoys doing research with graduate students in the department and is currently writing her latest book, Rich Woman, Poor Woman: The Great Divide in American Women in the Twenty-First Century.  She is also the author of The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class; Members Only: Elite Clubs and the Process of Exclusion; and Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America (1st and 2nd editions). Dr. Kendall has written numerous sociological textbooks, including the top-selling Sociology in Our Times (13th edition) and Social Problems in a Diverse Society (7th edition).  Dr. Kendall received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin where she remains a Life Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Recent Publications

Thomson, Robert, Jerry Z. Park, and Diana Kendall. 2019. "Religious Conservatives and TV News: Are They More Likely to be Religiously Offended?" Social Problems 66:626-644.


Kendall, Diana. 2024. "Rich Woman, Poor Woman: The Great Divide in American Women in the Twenty-First Century." Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD.

Kendall, Diana. 2021. "Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials" (12th ed.). Cengage Publishing Company, New York.

Kendall, Diana. 2019. "Social Problems in a Diverse Society" (7th ed. updated). Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Kendall, Diana. 2018. “Class and the Process of Elite Social Reproduction in the United States.” In Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber (eds.), Privilege: A Reader (4th ed). eBook. New York: Routledge.

Dr. Kendall's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Department of Sociology

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