Peyman Hekmatpour is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on Cross-National Sociology, Quantitative Analyses, Environmental Sociology, and Sociology of Religion. More specifically, Peyman's research uses advanced quantitative methods of data analysis to examine the intersection of cultural and material factors, as well as local and global forces contributing to the perpetuation of global stratification in its multiple manifestations including environmental, economic, political, and gender inequalities observed within and between nations. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals including Social Problems, British Journal of Sociology, Comparative Sociology, and International Journal of Sociology. Moreover, Peyman has a record of presenting his research in national conferences such as the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR).
Peyman was selected the OU Department of Sociology Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year in 2019. He has been teaching Introduction to Sociology (SOC1113) at the undergraduate level for more than two years. He started to teach the Methods of Social Research (SOC3133) in the summer of 2020.
Peyman has a wide variety of experience in longitudinal and cross-sectional data management, dataset construction, and running and interpreting the results of econometric models, hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and structural equation modeling (SEM). He uses multiple statistical packages and programming languages including STATA, R, and Python.
He co-founded the Dialogue of Contemporary Sociology (DOCS) workshop in the department of sociology at OU which is developed to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to discuss the most recent findings in the field in order to pick up both substantive and methodological ideas that can help them with their own research.
Peyman was awarded the Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his dissertation titled "Global vs. Local: Panel Analyses of Economic, Political, Environmental, and Gender Inequalities in Late Capitalism" under the supervision of his academic adviser, Dr. Thomas J. Burns.