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Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

How do patterns of social connections facilitate or constrain access to resources and exposure to risk for health outcomes?

Network theories share the fundamental premise that individual behaviors and outcomes cannot be fully understood without reference to how the social context facilitates and constrains access to resources and support, and conversely protects and exposes the individual to risk. I have applied this insight to several substantive problems including the COVID-19 pandemic, substance use outcomes, and epidemic potential.

Current Teaching

I am currently teaching Sociological Theory and Intensive Writing (SOCI 355), and History of Sociological Thought (SOCI 855). I will teach Deviance and Social Control (SOCI 474/484) in Spring, 2022.

Student Opportunities

I am interested in collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in social networks and who want to develop their technical skills and theoretical imagination. I am interested in working with students with a wide range of substantive interests as long as they are interested in taking a relational approach.

Selected Publications

Gauthier, G. Robin, Jeffrey Smith, Kelly L. Markowski, and Sela R. Harcey. In Press “Co-Use among Confidants: An examination of Polysubstance Use and Personal Relationships in Southeastern Nebraska”. At Addictive Behaviors. DOI: Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34464327.

Markowski, Kelly, Jeffrey Smith, G. Robin Gauthier, and Sela Harcey. 2021. “Practical Problems and Positive Experiences with Ecological Momentary Assessment: Reflections from People Who Use Drugs.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1-8.

Gauthier, G. Robin, Jeffrey A. Smith, Catherine Garcia, Marc A Garcia, and Patricia A. Thomas. 2020. “Exacerbating Inequalities: Social Networks, Racial/Ethnic Disparities, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 76(3):e88-e92.DOI:

Harcey, Sela, G. Robin Gauthier, Kelly Markowski, and Jeffrey Smith. Forthcoming. “Collecting Data from a Vulnerable Populaiton during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Field Methods.

Gauthier, G. Robin, Sara Francisco, and Kirk Dombrowski. 2018. “Social integration and domestic violence support in an Indigenous community: Women’s recommendations of formal versus informal sources of support” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(7-9):3117-3141. DOI:10.1177/0886260518768567

Ph.D., Duke University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Substance Use
  • Family
  • Social Networks