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
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
Chan

Wendy Chan
Statistics

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

  • Econometrics
  • Quasi-experimental design

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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
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