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I feel fortunate to have built a career in sociology. After working as a social scientist at a nonprofit public health firm, I conducted research about international migration for the federal government in a Pacific Rim insular area known as Micronesia. Later, I taught the course "Men and Women in American Society" at Temple and worked for a now-defunct research center in the College of Education.
My current role as assistant director of evaluation at Research for Better Schools allows me to use a wide range of data collection methods (e.g., interviews, observations, surveys, use of secondary data) and analysis tools (e.g., SPSS, NVivo). I think sociology is a fascinating field that allows us to think critically about social problems of significance.
My master's thesis focused on the political economy of a region that experienced rapid macro-economic growth due primarily to a bustling garment industry that employed women from rural China. Although my research interests have taken new directions over time, I remain focused on the many ways in which gender, race/ethnicity, and social class shape outcomes. For example, Dr. Grasmuck's sociology of kinship course inspired me to think more deeply about the institutionalization of marriage, changes in the definition of what is generally known as "family," and how demographic trends related to marriage, divorce, and single-parenting differ by gender, race, and levels of income and education.
As a part-time PhD student, I have found it very challenging to balance full-time work and school; however, our program's content and curriculum make any occasional struggles worthwhile. If you are considering returning to graduate school as an older student, please feel free to contact me, as I am happy to share lessons learned. Students with a rich work history make great contributions to the classroom, and we are more likely to succeed if we support one another through the process.