Tagart Cain Sobotka earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. His research focuses on the ways identity processes and diffuse cultural beliefs create and maintain larger forms of inequality, particularly in the areas of health and gender. For example, in his dissertation, "Bad Doctors, Enablers, and the Powerless: The United States Opioid Crisis and the Redefining of Help," he draws on in-depth interviews and field observations to examine how conflicting cultural beliefs surrounding addiction, recovery, and role expectations contribute to the marginalization of people who use drugs and their families.

As a first-generation college student who began their academic career at a community college, his teaching philosophy and service work revolve around promoting diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of the classroom.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Civic, Liberal, and Global Education

Professional Education

  • PhD, Stanford University, Sociology (2022)
  • MA, Stanford University, Sociology (2017)
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, Sociology (2014)
  • AA, San Diego Mesa College, Sociology (2012)

2022-23 Courses

All Publications

  • Stereotyping and the opioid epidemic: A conjoint analysis. Social science & medicine (1982) Sobotka, T. C., Stewart, S. A. 2020; 255: 113018


    Political attention and media coverage concerning rising rates of opioid addiction and opioid-involved deaths in the United States have been critiqued for focusing almost exclusively on trends among whites. It remains unclear, however, if this "white-washing" of the opioid crisis has coincided with a shift in Americans' stereotypes about who abuses opioids. Understanding these stereotypes is important because they can create or uphold larger structural barriers by impacting the ability of certain groups to access appropriate treatment, influencing public support for various policies, and shaping interactions with law enforcement officials. Utilizing a conjoint survey experiment (n=3670), we examined the independent effects of a person's race, occupation, gender, age, and region on the probability they would be seen as more likely than another individual to abuse opioids. We found that the probability of being identified as likely to abuse opioids is highest when a profile describes an individual as white or unemployed. This study offers the first systematic, experimental analysis of the independent contributions of various traits to the perception that someone is likely to abuse opioids.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113018

    View details for PubMedID 32422524

  • Not Your Average Joe: Pluralistic Ignorance, Status, and Modern Sexism MEN AND MASCULINITIES Sobotka, T. 2020
  • Playing the Trump Card: Masculinity Threat and the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election Socius Carian, E. K., Sobotka, T. C. 2018; 4

    View details for DOI 10.1177/2378023117740699

  • Manhood on the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland (Book Review) MEN AND MASCULINITIES Book Review Authored by: Sobotka, T. 2017; 20 (5): 633-634