Orestes "Pat" Hastings

Assistant Professor


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    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

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

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • PhD and MA: University of California-Berkeley, BS and BA: Rice University
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Orestes "Pat" Hastings is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. His current research explores how economic inequalities become social inequalities. In recent projects, Pat has investigated income inequality’s effects on class divides in parenting and housework, on household moving and indebtedness, and on people’s trust and financial satisfaction; 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 appeared in the American Sociological ReviewDemography, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Socius, and Sociological Science.



Hastings, Orestes P. 2018. “Less Equal, Less Trusting? Reexamining Longitudinal and Cross-sectional Effects of Income Inequality on Trust in U.S. States, 1973–2012.Social Science Research 74:77-95.

Schneider, Daniel, Orestes P. Hastings, and Joe LaBriola. 2018. “Income Inequality and Class Divides in Parental Investment.American Sociological Review 83(3):475-507.

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.


  • Soc 510: Sociological Methods I

  • Soc 311: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

  • Soc 210: Quantitative Sociological Analysis