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Department of Sociology Horne, Christine

J.D., Columbia Law School, 1989

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1997


Social Norms, Theory, Group Processes

Research Interests

My research focuses on social norms. I am engaged in a theoretically driven research program that seeks to understand the emergence and enforcement of norms and that uses experimental methods to evaluate theoretical prediction. I am also working on collaborative projects that apply theoretical insights to understand naturally occurring norms. My current research focuses on two main substantive areas. Francis Nii-Amoo Dodoo and I have collected experimental data that seeks to understand gender norms in Africa, and in particular, the effects of bridewealth payment on those norms. I am also doing research on technology and energy consumption – including an NSF-funded project focusing on the resilience of the electricity and telecommunications systems.


(509) 335-3912

Wilson-Short Hall 238

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Horne, Christine, F. Nii-Amoo Dodoo, and Naa Dodua Dodoo. 2013. “The Shadow of Indebtedness: Bridewealth and Norms Constraining Female Reproductive Autonomy.” American Sociological Review 78(3):503-520.     Data.    Podcast.

Irwin, Kyle and Christine Horne. 2013. “A Normative Explanation of Antisocial Punishment.” Social Science Research 42:562-570.

Goodliffe, Jay, Darren Hawkins, Christine Horne, and Dan Nielson. 2012. “Dependence Networks and the International Criminal Court.” International Studies Quarterly 56:131-47.

Horne, Christine. 2009. The Rewards of Punishment. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.