Tom Buchanan


Office:   B349A
Phone: 403.440.8774
E-mail: tbuchanan@mtroyal.ca


2002 Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Cincinnati.
1996 Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Mississippi.
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Tom Buchanan came to Mount Royal in 2012 to serve as Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. He came from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he was an Acting Department Head and associate professor. He received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. At Cincinnati, he worked in the Kunz Center for the Study of Work and Family. He obtained his Master’s in Sociology from the University of Mississippi. One of his favorite research projects related to interviewing workers in the catfish farming industry in the Mississippi Delta. Prior to attending graduate school, Tom’s sociological interests were informed by his work with children from abusive and neglectful homes. He is generally interested in the race and gender differences in work attitudes. Tom’s work has involved examining gender differences in job satisfaction and attitudes relating to pay fairness. Tom’s research also focuses on student adjustment to the university life stage. Tom and a co-author recently published a paper for which they developed a measure helicopter parenting and its impact on well-being. Tom has also examined university faculty attitudes about students with disabilities.

Select Publications

Buchanan, Das & McFarlane. 2017. "Gender Differences in Within-Couple Influences on Work–Family Balance Satisfaction: When Benefits Become Threats." Journal of Family Studies.

Buchanan, Tom, Adian McFarlane, and Anupam Das. 2016. “A Counterfactual Analysis of the Gender Gap in Parenting Time: Explained and Unexplained Variances at Different Stages of Parenting.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Buchanan, Tom, and Paige Gabriel. 2015. “Race Differences in Acceptance of Cremation: Religion, Durkheim, and Death in the African American Community.” Social Compass 62:22-42.

Buchanan, Tom. 2014. “The Influence of Gender Role Attitudes on Perceptions of
Women’s Work Performance and the Importance of Fair Pay.” Sociological Spectrum 34:203-221.

Buchanan, Tom. 2011. “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Well-being: Is
Social Impairment an Issue for College Students with ADHD?" Journal of Post-Secondary Education and Disability 24:193-210.

Lemoyne, Terri, and Tom Buchanan. 2011. “Does hovering matter: The impact of
helicopter parenting on college students’ well-being.” Sociological Spectrum 31: 399-418.

Buchanan, Tom, Matt St. Charles, Michelle Rigler, and Charles Hart. 2010. “Why are
Older Faculty Members More Accepting of Students with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ? A Life-course Interpretation.” The International Journal of Disability Development and Education 57:351-369.