Graduate Research Assistants


Each graduate research assistant works with a Faculty Advisor, who is listed along with the student’s research interests and contact information.
Additional biographical information is also available.

Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas
Alamuddin

Rayane Alamuddin
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Effects of two-generation education programs on low-income families
  • Improving anti-poverty policies and programs
  • Associations between narratives, narrative identity, and psychosocial outcomes in youth and young adults
Becker

Kelly Iwanaga Becker
Sociology

  • Sociology of education, particularly the high-school-to-college transition
  • Inequality and stratification, race, class, and gender
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Cannon

Sarah Cannon
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Closing the achievement gap in rural communities
Chan

Wendy Chan
Statistics

  • Small area estimation methods
  • External validity of experimental results with nonprobability samples
  • Quasi-experiments

Stephanie Chapman

Stephanie Chapman
Economics

  • Child labor, both historically in the U.S. and in present day developing nations
  • Student loans and their effect on students' post-graduation activities
  • Intergenerational transmission of financial attitudes and habits
Fiona

Fiona Chin
Sociology

  • Economically successful Americans
  • Effects of institutional hiring, promotion, retention, diversity, and work/life policies on the retention and promotion of women and minority faculty

Dahlke

Katie Dahlke
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Early childhood education
  • Child development
  • Educational and social programs and policy evaluation
Diament

Sean Diament
Political Science

  • American political development
  • Congress
  • The presidency
  • Comparative legislative politics
  • Parties
  • Comparative-historical analysis
  • Political geography
Heissel

Jennie Heissel
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Economics of education
  • Effects of stress and sleep on cognitive functioning

Hexel

Ole Hexel
Sociology

  • The role of wealth and inheritance in social stratification
  • International comparison of transitions into adulthood
Jao

Yu-Han Jao
Sociology

  • Social inequality
  • Labor markets
  • Work and family
Jenkins

Stuart Jenkins
Human Development and Social Policy

  • College salience
  • Barriers to college entry
  • “Sheepskin effects” and labor-market signaling
  • Economics of education

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Rachel Ktsanes
Statistics

  • Quasi-experiments
  • Education policy

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Arend Kuyper
Statistics

  • Value-added models
  • Item response theory
  • Statistical disclosure control
Lai

Ijun Lai
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Urban education
  • Urban youth development
  • Neighborhood violence
  • Race and inequality
  • Program/policy evaluation
Lansing

Jiffy Lansing
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Identity development during the transition to adulthood, including education and work trajectories
  • Juvenile justice and community college systems

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Kimberly McCabe
Anthropology

  • Biocultural perspectives on human health and development
  • Intestinal microbiome
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Quantitative methods

McQuillan

Mollie McQuillan
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Exploring context’s role in moderating physiological changes (stress, cortisol, immune functioning) and health disparities for adolescents and young adults
  • Investigating the role of social relationships in resilience or adaptability for at-risk teens
  • Identifying health and education disparities in LGBTQ populations and assessing targeted policies and interventions
Meyer

Jess Meyer
Sociology

  • Sociology of health and medicine
  • Families and romantic partnerships over the lifecourse
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Moskowitz

Rachel Moskowitz
Political Science

  • Race and education politics
  • Local and state politics
  • Public policy
  • Public opinion
Persico

Claudia Persico
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Accountability-measure implementation problems and design
  • Teacher policy
  • Education inequality

Peterson

David Peterson
Sociology

  • Culture and cognition
  • Sociology of science and knowledge
  • Biological sociology

Quinn

Meghan Quinn
Psychology

  • How stress impacts psychopathology
  • The role of executive control in coping with stress
Ross

Emily Ross
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Impact of parents' human and social capital and the quality of the home environment on young children's development, specifically within a low-income population
  • Programs and policy to support and improve the early environments of low-income children

Kharah Ross

Kharah Ross
Psychology

  • Effects of social relationships on immune and inflammatory activity during pregnancy
Seeskin

Zachary Seeskin
Statistics

  • Government statistics
  • Survey sampling
  • Combining data from multiple sources

Shafranek

Richard Shafranek
Political Science

  • Political psychology
  • Public opinion
  • Participation and civic engagement
  • Civility and compromise

Shan

Wangquing (Sandy) Shan
Political Science

  • American presidency
  • Interbranch relations
  • Bureaucracy
  • Quantitative methods
Turner

Mary Clair Turner
Human Development and Social Policy

  • The transition from high school to college
  • Community colleges
  • The evaluation of policy and intervention effectiveness
Zapata

Claudia Zapata-Gietl
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Narrative identity of Latin American immigrant students and related academic and mental health outcomes