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Ben Gibbs, Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology



I am from Pennsylvania and met my wife while attending BYU. I have four daughters.


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2009
  • M.S., Brigham Young University, 2005
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 2003

Research Interests

My research is focused on early childhood inequality and the impact of family background on health and educational outcomes.


  • Making Connections, National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago, 2015
  • Mentoring Environment Grant, 2015
  • Mentoring Environment Grant, Brigham Young University, 2013
  • Student Mentorship Grant, Department of Sociology, 2010
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant, American Educational Research Association, 2009
  • Spencer Foundation Grant, Spencer Foundation, 2009
  • Graduate Association Teaching Award, Ohio State University, 2008
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Ohio State University, 2007
  • Sant Research on Families Fellowship, Sant Research on Families, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Sociology of Education Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Sociological Association

Publication Info

  • Matthew L McKnight, Scott Russell Sanders, Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Ralph B Brown (2017). Communities of Place? New Evidence for the Role of Distance and Population Size in Community Attachment. Rural Sociology.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Priyank G. Shah, Douglas B. Downey, Jonathan A Jarvis (2016). The Asian American Advantage in Math among Young Children: The Complex Role of Parenting. Sociological Perspectives.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Kevin M Shafer, Mikaela Jean Dufur (2015). Why Infer? The Use and Misuse of Population Data in Sport Research. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Brian Harris, Charles Morgan, Benjamin Guild Gibbs (2014). Evidence of Political Moderation over Time: Utah’s Immigration Debate On-Line. New Media and Society.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Tim Braley Heaton (2014). Drop Out from Primary to Secondary School in Mexico: A Life Course Perspective. International Journal of Educational Development.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Renata A Forste (2014). Socioeconomic Status, Infant Feeding Practices, and Early Childhood Obesity. Pediatric Obesity.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Renata A Forste (2014). Breastfeeding, Parenting, and Early Cognitive Development. The Journal of Pediatrics.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Aaron Woodall, Michael Rutkowski (2012). The Mini-Documentary. TRAILS.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs, Jonathan A Jarvis, Mikaela Jean Dufur (2012). The Rise of the Underdog?: The Relative Age Effect Reversal among Canadian-born NHL Hockey Players: A Response to Nolan and Howell. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Benjamin Guild Gibbs (2010). Reversing Fortunes or Content Change? Gender Gaps in Math-Related Skill throughout Childhood. Social Science Research.