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 third-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.  He earned his Master of Arts in sociology at Wayne State University.  Currently, Mr. Nowak serves as the graduate student coordinator for the Family and Population Health (FPH) Laboratory, an interdisciplinary organization that supports students and faculty who are interested in exploring such social phenomena as mental, physical, and cognitive health; family, gender, and sexuality; social networks; health disparities; and aging and the life course. As a member of the FPH Lab, Mr. Nowak collaborates with Dr. Hui Liu in the study of mental health concerns (e.g., social isolation) that are sometimes associated with aging.  For his forthcoming dissertation, he plans to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental and emotional wellbeing of Americans over 65 years of age. Once he has earned his PhD, Mr. Nowak aspires to compete for a tenure-system faculty position at an R1 doctoral university.


Brewster, Zachary W., Kenneth Gourlay, and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2021. “Are Black Restaurant Servers Tipped Less Than White Servers? Three Experimental Tests of Server Race Effects on Customers’ Tipping Behaviors.” Cornell Hospitality Quarterly 19389655211036652. doi: 10.1177/19389655211036652.

 Brewster, Zachary W., and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2021. “Racialized Workplaces, Contemporary Racial Attitudes, and Stereotype Endorsement: A Recipe for Consumer Racial Profiling.” Sociological Perspectives 64(3):343–64. doi: 10.1177/0731121420946775.

 Cabrera, Laura. Y., Gerald Roman Nowak, Aaron M. McCright, Eric Achtyes, and Robyn Bluhm. 2021. “Last Resort Interventions?: A Qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ Experience with and Views on Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions.” Psychiatric Quarterly 92(2):419–30. doi: 10.1007/s11126-020-09819-1.

Cabrera, Laura Y., Gerald R. Nowak, Aaron M. McCright, Eric Achtyes, and Robyn Bluhm. 2021. “A Qualitative Study of Key Stakeholders’ Perceived Risks and Benefits of Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions.” Health, Risk & Society 23(5–6):217–35. doi: 10.1080/13698575.2021.1979194.

 Brewster, Zachary W., and Gerald Roman Nowak. 2019. “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.

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.