Bob Wait

Robert Wait (Bob)
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
3216 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
Research interests: 
  • Role making

Dr. Robert Wait is a professor emeritus of sociology at Western Michigan University.

Wait is concerned with extending and testing the interactionist theory of G.H. Mead using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Wait's research involves the construction of personal behavior within the constraints of role expectations (role making).

Wait's major interests include:

  • How a person's meanings are organized in relation to his or her positions in various social orders.
  • How a complex self develops in relation to the perspectives and interaction patterns available in families and organizations.