Gerald Roman Nowak III

Gerald Roman  Nowak III
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • Master of Arts, Wayne State University 2019
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University 2017
  • Associate of Applied Science, Schoolcraft Community College 2015
  • Associate of Arts, Schoolcraft Community College, 2014


Gerald Roman Nowak III


Gerald Roman Nowak III is a PhD student who studies sociology. He is currently working under the direction of Dr. Laura Cabrera and Dr. Aaron McCright on an NIH BRAIN Initiative grant. The main goal of the project is to assess how certain stakeholder groups perceive of electroceutical interventions to refractory depression. In the past year as a research assistant with the project, Gerald has aided in the administration of survey questionnaires to nationally representative samples of four distinct stakeholder groups: (1) persons diagnosed with depressive disorders, (2) caregivers of depressed patients, (3) members of the general public, and (4) board-certified psychiatrists.  With data collection having been completed over the summer, Gerald is currently involved with quantitative analysis and the production of manuscripts. In order to optimize the training he’s receiving at Michigan State University, Gerald is pursuing a career as a mental health scholar and tenure-system faculty member. His primary areas of research are (1) how mental illness shapes life outcomes, and (2) mental illness stigmas. Outside of his professional pursuits, Gerald is a drive-in film aficionado, a proud puppy parent, and he also enjoys running 5K races.


Brewster, Zachary W. and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2018. "Racial Prejudices, Racialized Workplaces, and Restaurant Servers’ Hyperbolic Perceptions of Black–White Tipping Differences." Cornell Hospitality Quarterly 60(2):159-73. doi: 10.1177/1938965518777221. (Best Paper Award Finalist, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly)

Wills, Jeremiah B., Zachary W. Brewster and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2019. "Students’ Religiosity and Perceptions of Professor Bias: Some Empirical Lessons for Sociologists." The American Sociologist 50(1):136-53. doi: 10.1007/s12108-018-9388-y.

Cabrera, L. Y., G. R. Nowak, A. M. McCright, E. Achtyes and R. Bluhm. 2020. "Last Resort Interventions?: A Qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ Experience with and Views on Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions." Psychiatric Quarterly. doi: 10.1007/s11126-020-09819-1.

Brewster, Zachary W. and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2020. "Racialized Workplaces, Contemporary Racial Attitudes, and Stereotype Endorsement: A Recipe for Consumer Racial Profiling." Sociological Perspectives:0731121420946775. doi: 10.1177/0731121420946775.