- Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1997
- Master of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011
I teach developmental psychology and the advanced research methods course. My research interests concern children’s peer relations as contexts for social development and academic functioning. In part because children’s relationships are dynamic (they gain and lose friends all the time) and multilayered (children are simultaneously immersed in peer groups, classrooms, and neighborhood environments), I also have interests in social network analysis and other innovative quantitative methodologies.
I am a father of two children, a girl and a boy, who keep me on my toes. My wife and I were in the Peace Corps years ago and love to travel. New to Oberlin, our family is soaking up the friendly small-town atmosphere here.
Wilson, T., & Rodkin, P. C. (2011). African American and European American children in diverse elementary classrooms: Social integration, social status, and social behavior. Child Development, 82, 1454-1469.
Wilson, T., Karimpour, R., & Rodkin, P. C. (2011). African American and European American students’ peer groups during early adolescence: Structure, status, and academic achievement. Journal of Early Adolescence, 31, 74-98.
Wilson, T., & Rodkin, P. C. (2011). Peer relations of Latina/o children in Midwest U.S. elementary schools. In N. Cabrera, F. Villarruel, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Latino/a child psychology and mental health (pp. 117-148). New York: Praeger.