Shawn Dorius

Shawn Dorius
Iowa State University | ISU · Department of Sociology

PhD
Much of my current work is focused on translating (data) science into action in public health and rural contexts.

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Introduction
Dr. Dorius conducts research in social demography & epidemiology, community wellbeing, and computational social science methods. These days, many of his research interests intersect on the rural context with special attention to individuals, families, and communities. Computational data science methods inform these efforts.
Additional affiliations
June 2019 - present
Iowa State University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2013 - May 2019
Iowa State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2010 - July 2013
University of Michigan
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
August 2004 - May 2010
Pennsylvania State University
Field of study
  • Sociology and Demography
August 1998 - May 2004
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (39)
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This paper extends theory and research concerning cultural models of development beyond family and demographic matters to a broad range of additional factors, including government, education, human rights, daily social conventions, and religion. Developmental idealism is a cultural model—a set of beliefs and values—that identifies the appropriate g...
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This research documents long-run trends in between-country education inequality and proposes a method for doing so that accounts for the ways in which most education variables differ from continuous variables such as income. Historical, national-level estimates of primary schooling enrollment rates and years of completed primary, secondary, and tot...
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This study investigates trends in gender inequality throughout the world. Using data encompassing a large majority of the world's population, we examine trends in recent decades for key indicators of gender inequality in education, mortality, political representation and economic activity. We find that gender inequality is declining in virtually al...
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This research challenges the notion that the second half of the twentieth century was a period of global demographic convergence. To be sure, fertility rates fell substantially during the period, but with considerable un-evenness. The declines in total fertility across population-weighted countries were sufficiently disproportionate that intercount...
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Diffusion of information in social network has been the focus of intense research in the recent past decades due to its significant impact in shaping public discourse through group/individual influence. Existing research primarily models influence as a binary property of entities: influenced or not influenced. While this is a useful abstraction, it...
Technical Report
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Iowa State University's Public Science Collaborative (PSC) partnered with the National Alcohol and Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to better understand the relationship between alcohol outlets and health and safety risk factors in Iowa. The goal of this project was to develop data and analytics t...
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This article relies upon the recreancy theorem to empirically assess the extent to which people’s desires for technology efficacy, personal security, and social justice affect their trust in and support for government use of network surveillance as it is applied to local law enforcement and homeland security. The recreancy theorem complements techn...
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With China–U.S. relations becoming simultaneously more integrated and complex, it is all the more important to understand the nature and determinants of reciprocal perceptions between Chinese and American publics. Using nationally representative, bi-national public opinion surveys, this article compares the attitudes of Chinese toward the U.S. with...
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The US public holds more nuanced views about China than are typically captured in public opinion surveys. Empirical investigation of a nationwide online survey of US adults shows that the American public is sharply divided over the US–China trade war, despite reporting high support for international trade with China (76%). Using survey questions on...
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Influence diffusion has been central to the study of propagation of information in social networks, where influence is typically modeled as a binary property of entities: influenced or not influenced. We introduce the notion of attitude, which, as described in social psychology, is the degree by which an entity is influenced by the information. We...
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We theorize that people’s perceptions of national hierarchy are aligned not only with longstanding cultural schemas of development but also with schemas of cultural wealth. We use data from the Nation Brands Index surveys to examine how European publics’ evaluate their own country and other European countries across many attributes. We find that Eu...
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Scholarship on developmental idealism demonstrates that ordinary people around the world tend to perceive the level of development and the specific characteristics of different countries similarly. We build on this literature by examining public perceptions of nations and development in internet search data, which we argue offers insights into publ...
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Cultural schemas inform people’s perceptions of the hierarchical order of nations. We theorise that longstanding, western-centric schemas of development and cultural wealth are especially foundational in perceptions of national hierarchy. We examine European publics’ evaluations of their own and other European countries across many attributes using...
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Using four waves (n = 2,385) from a student sample drawn in large U.S. cities, we examine the code of the streets’ influence on criminal offending and conflict management. Key to the analysis is the theoretical notion that effects are most pronounced for those who believe in the code intractably. We perform Latent Class Analysis to identify adheren...
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Existing scholarship on developmental idealism demonstrates that ordinary people around the world tend to perceive the level of development and characteristics of different countries similarly. We build on this literature by examining publics’ perceptions of nations and development in internet search data, which we argue offers additional insights...
Technical Report
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The technologies underlying DivSeek2 have the potential to bring major benefits for the objectives of the Treaty. They have the power to transform our ability to better conserve Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) and our ability to more sustainably use PGRFA. They can bring major enhancements to the fair and equitable sharing...
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Article 17.1 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) places an obligation on Contracting Parties to facilitate the exchange of information relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. We argue that Digital Sequence Information is relevant to these purposes, and that the objectives of the CBD are best served by e...
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Existing scholarship on developmental idealism demonstrates that ordinary people around the world tend to perceive the level of development and characteristics of different countries similarly. We build on this literature by examining publics’ perceptions of nations and development in internet search data, which we argue offers additional insights...
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This research introduces a new measure of the socioeconomic status (SES) of countries to test assertions regarding a contemporary world-system in which mobility is scarce or altogether absent. Historical, country-level estimates of population size, income per capita, and educational attainment were used to construct a new time-series measure of SES...
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Biotech news coverage in English-language Russian media fits the profile of the Russian information warfare strategy described in recent military reports. This raises the question of whether Russia views the dissemination of anti-GMO information as just one of many divisive issues it can exploit as part of its information war, or if GMOs serve more...
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Biotech news coverage in English-language Russian media fits the profile of the Russian information warfare strategy described in recent military reports. This raises the question of whether Russia views the dissemination of anti-GMO information as just one of many divisive issues it can exploit as part of its information war, or if GMOs serve more...
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.14993/full Over the last decade, there has been an ongoing revolution in the exploration, manipulation and synthesis of biological systems, through the development of new technologies that generate, analyse and exploit big data. Users of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) can potentially leverage these ca...
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This study leverages human capital theory to identify the correlates of expected returns on investment in higher education at the level of institutions. We leverage estimates of average ROI in post-secondary education among more than 400 baccalaureate degree conferring colleges and universities to understand the correlates of a relatively new metri...
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This paper investigates the extent to which people in five Middle Eastern countries endorse key beliefs of developmental idealism that associate development with freedom, democracy, and human rights. Developmental idealism is a set of beliefs concerning the desirability of development, the methods for achieving it, and its consequences. The literat...
Technical Report
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The emerging field of data science has rapidly evolved into an extremely diverse field equipped with multidisciplinary techniques to extract, analyze and classify structured and unstructured data. These methods offer researchers, policy analysts, and the lay public evidence-based insights into a tremendous range of human, organizational, and societ...
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Prior research on cultural models of developmental hierarchy finds broad agreement among publics in diverse countries about the rank ordering of countries on perceived level of development, based on an omnibus measure of development. In this research, I use a multidimensional measure of world hierarchy to explore dimensionality in models of global...
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Vocabulary test score trends from the General Social Survey contradict the widespread conclusion that scores on standardized intelligence tests have systematically increased over the past century. We use a vocabulary test included in 20 nationally representative surveys administered since 1974 to test three hypotheses proposed to account for these...
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Verbal ability test score trends from the General Social Survey contradict the widespread conclusion that scores on standardized intelligence test instruments have systematically increased over the past century, a phenomenon known as the Flynn Effect. We use a vocabulary test administered as part of a nationally representative survey administered 2...
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In both original form and in popular discourse, Weber's classic Protestant Ethic thesis is grounded in the relationship between capitalist values and status attainment. Advocates and opponents of Weber’s thesis have primarily focused on the religious underpinnings of the ‘Protestant Ethic’ at the expense of the ideological dimension Weber saw as th...
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This paper investigates the extent to which people in three Middle Eastern countries—Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon—endorse the key beliefs of developmental idealism that associate development with freedom, democracy, and human rights. Developmental idealism is defined as a set of beliefs and values that endorses development as desirable, indicates metho...
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This study investigates trends in gender inequality throughout the world. Using data encompassing a large majority of the world's population, we examine trends in recent decades for key indicators of gender inequality in education, mortality, political representation and economic activity. We find that gender inequality is declining in virtually al...
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Abstract  To better understand the long-term effects of rapid boom growth, we reexamine four subjective indicators of community satisfaction and social integration in Delta, Utah, that were originally analyzed by Brown, Geertsen, and Krannich in 1989. With 24 years of longitudinal data, we find that within approximately a decade of the boom period...
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In 1978, an SIA, focusing on needs assessment and identification of attitudes, was conducted in the Delta, Utah (USA) region because of the proposed large coal-fired power plant which significantly altered the local physical, economic, and social environment. Local and plant officials developed a mitigation plan. Over $100 million was allocated to...

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Leverage advances in data science to address pressing problems facing public & third sector organizations. The project includes a computational social science training program and applications to community well-being, public health, and non-profit organizations.
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Effort on this project is directed at the measurement and monitoring of public health in local and especially rural contexts, with special attention to the translation of data science insights into action.
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Understand the nature and direction of worldwide inequalities in human development. Empirical investigations of stratification and mobility in the world system. Theory and empirics of world development culture, including its origins, prevalence, and influences in social life. Special attention to beliefs about countries, cultures, and people.