My research interests fall into three broad categories: 1) the association between attitudes, economic circumstances, and health and family formation and family planning; 2) the social construction of family, gender, and sexuality, and 3) gender inequality as it relates to the intersection of family and work.
In my mentoring, I strive for transparency. I will share the challenges (and benefits) of doing research at the intersection of multiple disciplines, in my case sociology, gender studies, and health sciences, and the limitations that come with the use of survey-based research. I want students to learn but also think critically about the research activities in which they engaged. I am always eager to adapt my processes and will make it clear to the mentee that mentors need to listen to (and learn from) students. Specific mentoring activities: Twice-weekly meetings about research progress and to inform students of mentor activities The student will have access to early drafts of the mentor's writing, to gain insights into the “messiness” of the process. The student will have the option to accompany the mentor into meetings with SOM administrators seeking support for future research activities The student will participate in meetings with possible collaborators of grant future grants applications based on the SPUR project. Mentor will provide feedback on student performance in co-organizing data collection efforts, working with data, interpretation of results, and manuscript preparation Mentor will assist and provide feedback for the student's poster. Mentor will work with the student to identify additional venues to present student work Mentor will commit to making student co-author of publication(s) that were based on student work during SPUR if the student is interested.