D'Lane Compton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Associate ChairD'Lane Compton

Contact

Office: 189 Milneburg Hall
Phone: 504-280-6200
Email: dcompton@uno.edu

Biography

Educational Background:
Ph.D., Texas A&M

Research Interests:
Social Psychology, Gender and Sexualities, Family, Research Methods

D’Lane R. Compton is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Orleans. Her two major research interests are social psychology and the demography of sexual orientation. While these two fields may seem unrelated, her research utilizes both perspectives to examine sexual, gender, and family inequalities. Specifically, her research adds to our knowledge about how categorization or labeling processes yield different outcomes in treatment and resources.

This work has culminated in a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, education essays, and two co-authored books including Same-sex Partners: The Social Demography of Sexual Orientation (SUNY Press, 2009) with Amanda K. Baumle and Dudley L. Poston and most recently Legalizing LGBT Families: Haw the Law Shapes Parenthood (NYU Press, 2015) with Amanda K. Baumle. This most recent book project, emphasizes the variability in the laws for LGBT families across the United States and provides an uncommon opportunity to focus on the contextual elements that shape family outcomes. This work draws upon this variation to highlight how individual characteristics, social networks, other legal actors, and contextual characteristics operate together to shape legal consciousness. Legalizing LGBT Families book makes an important contribution toward

This most recent book project, emphasizes the variability in the laws for LGBT families across the United States and provides an uncommon opportunity to focus on the contextual elements that shape family outcomes. This work draws upon this variation to highlight how individual characteristics, social networks, other legal actors, and contextual characteristics operate together to shape legal consciousness. Legalizing LGBT Families book makes an important contribution toward policy on LGBT families. Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage, significant challenges remain for LGBT individuals as part of their family formation and establishing legal ties to their children. This book provides insight into how LGBT individuals make sense of these legal obstacles and navigate challenges, and highlights the need for further action with respect to the establishment and recognition of parent-child relationships.

Additionally, Compton is interested in research design and methodological issues related to substantive concerns, in particular how different kinds of measurements can lead to different kinds of inferences and the best way to study underrepresented or “hidden” populations.

Compton currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Social Psychology, Sexualities, Research Methods, and Social Statistics. Dr. Compton has also taught at Texas A&M University and Davidson College before accepting a position at the University of New Orleans. She has also worked to reach beyond the academy via blog posts and tweeting. Compton is a regular contributor to Social (In)queery, Sociological Images, and Feminist Reflections and you can follow her on Twitter @drcompton.