Orestes Pat Hastings

Contact Information

Email: pat.hastings@colostate.edu

Twitter: ophastings

Website: http://ophastings.com

Office: Clark B266

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

  • Stratification & Inequality
  • Economic Sociology
  • Social Demography
  • Social Psychology
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Social Change
  • Quantitative Methods

Department: Sociology


Orestes “Pat” Hastings is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. His research explores how the features of people’s social and economic contexts influence their decisions, behaviors, and attitudes—especially as it relates to understanding the mechanisms through which economic inequality is translated into social inequality. He is also interested in applying methods of causal inference to estimate contextual effects and in methodological approaches to assess and improve the quality and reliability of quantitative data. In recent projects, Pat has investigated income inequality’s effects on household moving patterns and indebtedness, class divides in parenting and housework, and people’s financial satisfaction and trust; how economic shocks affect marriage and fertility; the role of religion and spirituality in social connectedness; and the reliability of survey questions. His work has recently appeared in Demography, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Socius, and Sociological Science.


PhD, MA: University of California-Berkeley
BS, BA: Rice University


Schneider, Daniel, Orestes P. Hastings, and Joe LaBriola. 2018. “Income Inequality and Class Divides in Parental Investment.American Sociological Review (forthcoming)

Schneider, Daniel and Orestes P. Hastings. 2017. “Income Inequality and Household Labor.Social Forces 96(2):481-506.

Fligstein, Neil, Orestes P. Hastings, and Adam Goldstein. 2017. “Keeping up with the Joneses: How Households Fared in the Era of High Income Inequality and the Housing Price Bubble, 1999–2007.Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 3:1-15.

Hastings, Orestes P. 2016. “Not a Lonely Crowd? Social Connectedness, Religious Service Attendance, and the Spiritual But Not Religious. Social Science Research 57:63-79.

Hout, Michael and Orestes P. Hastings. 2016. “Reliability of the Core Items in the General Social Survey: Estimates from the Three-wave Panels, 2006-2014.Sociological Science 3:971-1002.

Schneider, Daniel and Orestes P. Hastings. 2015. “Socioeconomic Variation in the Demographic Response to Economic Shocks in the United States: Evidence from the Great Recession.Demography 52(6):1893-1915

Hout, Michael and Orestes P. Hastings. 2014. “Recession, Religion, and Happiness, 2006–2010.” in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, Lisa A. Keister and Darren E. Sherkat (eds.). Cambridge University Press.

Hastings, Orestes P. and D. Michael Lindsay. 2013. “Rethinking Religious Gender Differences: The Case of Elite Women.Sociology of Religion 74(4):471-495.

Curriculum Vitae

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SOC 510: Sociological Methods I

SOC 311: Methods of Sociological Inquiry