Carl Stempel Faculty Profile

Carl  Stempel


Department of Sociology

I continue to work with colleagues on refugee mental health, civic engagement, and economic integration. I am currently following up two recent articles on sport as cultural capital with a study on the emergence of strong class differences in adult sport and fitness activities between 1965 and 1975, and a study exploring race and social class differences in fitness activities and the health benefits of such activities. In political sociology, I am working on a race-class study of white identity politics. 

My main teaching interests are Sociology of Sport, Marriage and Sex, Sociological Theory, and Political Sociology.

  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Oregon
  • M.S. Sociology, University of Oregon
  • B.S. Sociology, Political Science, Central Michigan University
Spring Semester 2024
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SOC 46001Marriage and SexARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus

Recent Publications

Stempel, C., Alemi, Q., Zamani, A.  Assessing the Economic Integration of Afghan Refugees in California: A Report to Afghan Care. (2023).

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C. 2023. Examining the Effect of Perceived Group Norms on the Indirect Relationship between Intergroup Contact and Anti-Muslim Prejudice among White Americans. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Kim, E. E., Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., & Siddiq, H. (2022). Health disparities among Burmese diaspora: An integrative review. The Lancet Regional Health-Southeast Asia.

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., Montgomery, S., Koga, P.M., Smith, V., Fisher, C., Baek, K., Malika, N. 2022. Prevalence and social-ecological correlates of intimate partner violence in a conflict zone—evidence from the 2015 Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey. Violence Against Women

Alemi, Q., Mefom, E., Montgomery, S., Koga, P. M., Stempel, C., & Reimann, J. O. 2021. Acculturative stress, stigma, and mental health challenges: emic perspectives from Somali young adults in San Diego county’s ‘Little Mogadishu’. Ethnicity & Health, 1-17.

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., & Montgomery S. 2021. Prevalence and social determinants of tobacco use in AfghanistanInternational Health. DOI: 10.1093/inthealth/ihaa010

Stempel, C. & Alemi, Q. 2021. Challenges to the economic integration of Afghan refugees in the U.S. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., Siddiq, H., & Kim, E. 2020. Refugees and COVID-19: achieving a comprehensive public health response. Bulletin of the World Health Organization98(8), 510.

Stempel, C. (2020). Sport as high culture. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Stempel, C. (2019). Sports, social class, and cultural capital: Building on Bourdieu and his critics. Business and Culture of Sports, edited by J. Maguire. New York: Macmillan.

Alemi, Q., & Stempel, C. (2019). Effects of HIV knowledge on reducing stigmatizing attitudes towards PLHIV in Afghanistan. Findings from the 2015 Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey. International Health. DOI:

Alemi, Q., Smith, V., Montgomery, S., & Stempel, C. (2018). What's Keeping Some from Seeking Asylum? A Field Report Exploring Determinants and Implications for Fostering a Social Contract for Young People in Afghanistan. Journal of International Development.

Alemi, Q., Montgomery, S., & Stempel, C. (2018). A Qualitative Study Exploring the Psychosocial Needs of Male Undocumented Afghan Migrants in Istanbul, Turkey. Societies8(2), 22.

Alemi, Q., & Stempel, C. (2018). Discrimination and distress among Afghan refugees in northern California: The moderating role of pre-and post-migration factors. PloS one13(5), e0196822.

Stempel, C. & Alemi, Q. (2018) Economic integration of Afghan refugees in the US, 1980–2015. WIDER Working Paper 2018/49. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., Koga, P. M., Montgomery, S., Smith, V., Sandhu, G., ... & Requejo, J. (2018). Risk and protective factors associated with the mental health of young adults in Kabul, Afghanistan. BMC psychiatry18(1), 71.

Alemi, Q., Siddiq, H., Baek, K., Sana, H., Stempel, C., Aziz, N., & Montgomery, S. (2017). Effect of perceived discrimination on depressive symptoms in 1st- and 2nd-generation Afghan-Americans. Journal of Primary Prevention.

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., Koga, P.M., Danis, D., Smith, V., Baek, K., & Montgomery, S. (2017). Determinants of health services utilization among Afghan migrants residing in Istanbul. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 14, 201 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14020201

Alemi, Q., Stempel, C., Baek, K., Lares, L., Villa, P., Danis, D., & Montgomery, S. (2016). Impact of Postmigration Living Difficulties on the Mental Health of Afghan Migrants Residing in Istanbul. International Journal of Population Research.

Stempel, C., Sami, N., Koga, P. M., Alemi, Q., Smith, V., & Shirazi, A. (2016). Gendered sources of distress and resilience among Afghan refugees in Northern California: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,14(1), 25.

Stempel, C. (2015). “Televised Sports, Nationalism, Masculinity, and Support for the Bush Doctrine of Preventive Attacks” in Sport, Gender, and Sexuality edited by Michael Messner. Routledge.

Under Review 

Stempel, C. & Alemi, Q.  White identities, in-group favoritism, and animus towards racial outgroups: A critique of Jardina’s White Identity Politics. 

Unpublished reports and working papers:

Explaining Support for Trump among White Americans

California Voters’ Views on Proposition 13: Report on a survey of California registered voters’ views on taxes, government spending and proposals to reform Proposition 13