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Eric Eben Sevareid

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Social Science, Seaver College


Eric Sevareid is a PhD candidate in sociology at Bowling Green State University with concentrations in social psychology and quantitative methods. His research focuses on the “dark sides” of romantic relationships across the transition from adolescence to adulthood. His work is guided by an interest in these relationship dynamics as interaction sites between self and society where discrepancies in social meanings surface and generate negative emotions and identity-regulating behaviors. His interdisciplinary lens spans family sociology, developmental psychology, criminology, and demography. He has published work in collaboration with leading criminologists and demographers in outlets including Emerging Adulthood, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review and the next edited volume on Identity Theory. His dissertation addresses problematic trends in research on youth relationship quality and commitment and proposes a new framework for studying relationship instability. He is actively involved in the American Sociological Association's section on Social Psychology and is passionate about teaching and mentoring. Eric is very excited to be starting his academic career as a member of the Pepperdine community and faculty. 


  • PhD in Sociology, Bowling Green State University

  • MA in Sociology, Bowling Green State University

  • BA in Philosophy, Elizabethtown College