Assistant Professor


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    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Stratification & Inequality
    • Families & Parenting
    • Economic & Social Policy
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Quantitative & Computational Methods
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • PhD, Sociology, University of California - Berkeley
    • MA, Sociology, University of California - Berkeley
    • BS, Physics, Rice University
    • BA, Mathematics, Rice University
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Orestes "Pat" Hastings is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Pat's research broadly explores the mechanisms and processes through which economic inequalities become social inequalities, particularly as it relates to (1) families and parenting and (2) attitudes and perceptions (e.g., happiness, trust, and financial satisfaction). His publications include work in the American Sociological ReviewDemography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Forces.


Hastings, Orestes P. and Daniel Schneider. Forthcoming. “Family Structure and Inequalities in Parents’ Financial Investments in Children.” Journal of Marriage and Family.

Hastings, Orestes P. and Kassandra K. Roeser. 2020. “Happiness in Hard Times: Does Religion Buffer the Negative Effect of Unemployment on Happiness?” Social Forces 99(2):447-473.

Hastings, Orestes P. 2019. “Who Feels It? Income Inequality, Relative Deprivation, and Financial Satisfaction in U.S. States, 1973–2012.Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 60:1-15.

Goldstein, Adam and Orestes P. Hastings. 2019. “Buying In: Positional Competition, Schools, Income Inequality, and Housing Consumption.” Sociological Science 6:416-445.

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

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 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 511: Sociological Methods II (Graduate Statistics)

  • Soc 510: Sociological Methods I

  • Soc 311: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

  • Soc 210: Quantitative Sociological Analysis

  • Soc 613: Seminar on Regression and Path Analysis (Advanced Grad Statistics)