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Scott V. Savage

Scott Savage

Associate Professor 

Phone: 713.743.0267
Office: 474 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona
M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona
B.A., Political Science and Sociology, Wake Forest University


Scott Savage is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Houston. He specializes in exchange, identity and status-organizing processes, and his research relies on experimental and quantitative methods to investigate group life, paying particular attention to how it produces both inequality and cohesion.

Professor Savage’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and can be found in a number of scholarly outlets, including American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science Research, The Sociological Quarterly and Sociological Perspectives.

Professor Savage also runs the Small Groups Laboratory (SGL) on campus. If you are using the UH network and you would like to learn more about the activities in the lab, you can visit:

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Small Group Behavior
  • Sociology of Work/Professions
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Social Inequality
  • Organizational Inequality


  • Introduction to Sociological Research
  • Formal and Complex Organizations
  • Organizational Inequality
  • Research Methods
  • Small Group Behavior
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Work

Selected Publications

  • Savage, Scott V., Jacob Apkarian, and Hyomin Park. 2022. “How Exchange Forms and Patterns Affect Perceptions of Predictability, Fairness, and Group Identification.” Advances in Group Processes 39:51–74.
  • Savage, Scott V. and David Melamed. 2022. “How Social Influence Processes Generate Cohesion in Task Groups.” Social Psychology Quarterly 85:44–64.
  • Savage, Scott V. 2022. “Status and Power in Exchange.” In Unequals: The Power of Status and Expectations in our Social Lives, edited by M. Webster, Jr. and L.S. Walker. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Burke, Peter J., Jan E. Stets, and Scott V. Savage. 2021. “Punishment and the Dominance Identity in Exchange Networks.” Social Science Research
  • Savage, Scott V., Joseph Dippong, and David Melamed. 2020. “Status and Competitive Choice.” Social Science Research 88-89:102–430.
  • Seebruck, Ryan and Scott V. Savage. 2020. “To Promote or Hire? How Racial Processes and Organizational Characteristics Affect Internal Promotions in NCAA DI College Basketball Coaching.” Social Problems 67:546–564.
  • Savage, Scott V., Peter J. Burke, Jan E. Stets, and Phoenicia Fares. 2019. “The Fairness Identity and the Emergence of Inequality.” Social Science Research 81:144–156.
  • Quiñones-Camacho, Laura E., Emily W. Shih, Scott V. Savage, Covadonga Lamar Prieto, and Elizabeth L. Davis. 2019. “Regulating emotions in two languages: How do emotion regulation strategies relate to physiological reactivity in emotional contexts?” International Journal of Bilingualism 23(5):1106–1120.
  • Savage, Scott V. and Monica M. Whitham. 2018. “The Social Exchange Perspective.” Pp. 29-53 in Contemporary Social Psychological Theories, 2nd Edition, edited by Peter J. Burke. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Stets, Jan E., Peter J. Burke, Scott V. Savage. 2018. “Exchange, Identity Verification, and the Development of Social Bonds.” Social Psychology Quarterly 81(3):207–227.
  • Savage, Scott V., Jan E. Stets, Peter J. Burke, and Zachary L. Sommer. 2017. “Identity and Exchange: The Fairness Identity and Power Use in an Exchange Network.” Sociological Perspectives 60(3):510–528.
  • Melamed, David and Scott V. Savage. 2016. “Status, Faction Sizes, and Social Influence: Testing the Theoretical Mechanism.” American Journal of Sociology 122(1):201–232.
  • Savage, Scott V. and Zachary L. Sommer. 2016. “Should I Stay or Should I Go? How the Form of Exchange Affects Whether Disadvantaged Actors Remain in Networks.” Social Psychology Quarterly 79(2):115–135.
  • Savage, Scott V. and Ryan Seebruck. 2016. “Race, Supervisorial Change, and Job Outcomes: The Case of NCAA Division I College Basketball.” The Sociological Quarterly 57(3):415–436.
  • Savage, Scott V., Samantha Kwan, and Kelly Bergstrand. 2014. “Virtual Health: The Impact of Health-Related Websites on Doctor-Patient Interactions.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 32:91–115.
  • Savage, Scott V., David Melamed, and Aaron Vincent. 2013. “Uncertainty and Social Influence: Effects of Status and Numbers.” Advances in Group Processes 30:109-129.
  • Melamed, David and Scott V. Savage. 2013. “Status, Numbers, and Influence.” Social Forces 91(3):1085–1104.