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Eric Anthony Grollman

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond

About Eric

Grollman's research interests center on medical sociology and social psychology, with particular attention to race and ethnicity, gender, social class, sexualities, and research methods. Their primary line of research examines the impact of prejudice and discrimination to the health, well-being, and worldviews of marginalized groups. In much of their research, Grollman focuses on the intersections among systems of oppression (e.g., racism and sexism) to document the experiences and well-being of individuals who belong to multiple marginalized groups (e.g., Black women). Through their teaching, mentorship, community service, and blogging, they looks to make their and other scholars’ research accessible and relevant to the broader public. In turn, their research is enhanced by the insights he gains from the lives of students and members of the community.


Discrimination as an Obstacle to Wellbeing for Transgender Americans

  • Lisa R. Miller

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

Eric Anthony Grollman quoted by Kate Sosin, "For Some Trans People, How Family Handle Names and Pronouns Can Make or Break the Holiday" 19th News, December 22, 2021.
Eric Anthony Grollman quoted by Adam Seltzer, "The Importance of Transgender Representation in Politics" Merion West, February 23, 2018.
"Transgender Americans Deserve Protection," Eric Anthony Grollman, USA Today, March 7, 2016.
Eric Anthony Grollman's research on discrimination against the transgender community discussed by "IU Study Finds That Discrimination is Linked with Worse Health among Transgender Americans," Indiana University Bloomington, September 29, 2015.
"The Trouble With Collaboration," Eric Anthony Grollman, Vitae, May 1, 2015.
Eric Anthony Grollman's research on how multiply disadvantaged groups experience increased discrimination discussed by Stephanie Stephens, "Double Discrimination Impacts Physical and Mental Health," Health Behavior News Service, March 25, 2014.
Eric Anthony Grollman's research on discrimination and health discussed by Staff Writers, "Youth of Multiple Disadvantaged Groups Face Worse Health," Windy City Times, June 12, 2012.
Eric Anthony Grollman's research on discrimination and health discussed by "La Discriminación Perjudica la Salud de Estudiantes de Minorías, Según un Estudio," MSN Latino, June 11, 2012.


"The Social Costs of Gender Nonconformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health" (with Lisa R. Miller). Sociological Forum 30, no. 3 (2015): 809-831.

Uses the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS). Finds that transgender people who are more frequently “read” as transgender are more likely to face discrimination and, in turn, worse health.

"Sexual Orientation and Fear at Night: Gender Differences among Sexual Minorities and Heterosexuals" (with Doug Meyer). Journal of Homosexuality 61, no. 4 (2014): 453-470.
Examines sexual orientation and gender differences in reports of being afraid to walk alone at night in one’s own neighborhood. Findings suggest heterosexual men are less likely than women and sexual minority men to report such fear.
"Multiple Disadvantaged Statuses and Health: The Role of Multiple Forms of Discrimination" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55, no. 1 (2014): 3-19.
Shows that individuals who are disadvantaged on more than one status (e.g., Black women) experience worse mental and physical health, in part, because they face more than one form of discrimination (e.g., race and gender discrimination).
"Multiple Forms of Perceived Discrimination and Health among Adolescents and Young Adults" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53 (2012): 199-214.
Uses data from the Black Youth Culture Survey, a nationally representative, racially and ethnically diverse sample of 1,052 adolescents and young adults to investigate the prevalence, distribution, and mental and physical health consequences of multiple forms of perceived discrimination.
"Conceptualization and Assessment of Homonegativity" (with Ilsa L. Lottes). International Journal of Sexual Health 22 (2010): 219-233.

Shows that a new, modern form of anti-gay attitudes (e.g., “gays and lesbians are demanding special treatment”) has not yet emerged. Traditional anti-gay prejudice persists, though tolerance for gays and lesbians is common as well.