2013-2014 Small Research Grant Recipients
LGBTQ Identity and Politics at Work
Mary Bernstein is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. She has published numerous articles in the fields of sexualities, social movements, identity, gender, and law and is co-editor of three books: Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State, Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law and The Marrying Kind: Debating Same-Sex Marriage Within the Lesbian and Gay Movement. Recent awards include the Outstanding Article Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements (2009) for “Culture, Power, and Institutions: A Multi-Institutional Politics Approach to Social Movements.” She is currently deputy editor of the journal Gender & Society.
Apoorva Ghosh is a doctoral student at XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India. His major research focus is on LGBTQ identity and politics in community and in workplace. He has also worked on cultural competence at workplace. Apoorva was a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar at University of Connecticut. He has published his research in peer reviewed publications and has presented his papers in international conferences such as Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, International Human Resource Management Conference and Service Science Conference.
Discrimination, Cultural Fit, Social Support, and Consequent Mental Health Outcomes of Sexual Minority Latina Immigrants
Alison Cerezo is originally from Pico Rivera, California. She moved to the Northwest for graduate studies and in 2009 received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Beginning Fall 2013, Alison will begin a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. Alison’s research centers on career trajectories of LGBTQ people, particularly immigrants from Latin America who arrive to the U.S. in search of work, healthcare, and acceptance. She also conducts research on access to higher education and retention, particularly for Latina/o and African American adolescents.
A Prospective Study of Stress, Social Support, and Postpartum Adjustment among Lesbian Parents
Robin Edelstein is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Davis. She also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Irvine. Dr. Edelstein’s research is devoted to understanding individual differences in emotional experience, regulation, and reactivity. She is particularly interested in how emotional processes unfold in an interpersonal context and the implications of emotion for close relationships. Her current work examines changes in health and well-being during the transition to parenthood, including influences on stress and postpartum adjustment among lesbian parents.
The Effects of Sexual Identity and Institutional Factors on LGBT College Student Outcomes
Dr. Leigh E. Fine is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University. His research examines the relationship between sexual identity and various educational outcomes, such as bachelor’s degree completion and perception of campus climate.
LGB Students and the Pursuit of and Persistence in STEM
Dr. Michael Gottfried (PhD, Applied Economics, University of Pennsylvania) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Gottfried’s research focuses on three areas: (1) the effect of schooling contexts; (2) outcomes for underrepresented student populations; and (3) research in STEM. He has recently published his work in the Journal for LGBT Youth and has received funding from the AERA-Spencer Research Fellowship in Education and Adolescent Health.
Dr. Fernando Estrada is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the School of Education at LMU. Dr. Estrada has extensive experience working on sexuality and multicultural issues. He has coordinated advocacy and crisis programs for LGBT victims of hate and has also run an LGBT student college center. Dr. Estrada’s research has focused broadly on gender issues. He has published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology and has received funding in the past from the Ford Foundation/NRC Fellowship.
The TransKids Project (Wave 2): A Longitudinal Study of Families with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children
Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University in Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in family studies and her Master’s degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Maryland. Her work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Journal of Marriage and Family. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and also serves as Chair of the Research Review Committee for COLAGE (http://www.colage.org). She teaches courses on family policy/law and couple relationships.
Judith L. Weiner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Most of Judith’s research has been focused in health communication with a social-influence perspective, and interpersonal communication in health-related contexts. More specifically, she is interested in how health information is transmitted and digested via interpersonal relationships; for example, she has investigated the use of message framing and guilt appeals to advocate for safer sex behaviors. Her work has been published in top academic journals in her field, such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and Health Communication.
Abbie Goldberg, Associate Professor of Psychology, Clark University; Senior Research Fellow, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; and 2013 Visiting Scholar at the Williams Institute, is an expert on LGBT-parent families over the life course. Her research on diverse families (including adoptive families and lesbian/gay-parent families) has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation, among others. She is the author of Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle (2010) and Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood (2012).
Social Determinants of Health among Male-to-Female Transgender Veterans
Dr. Keren Lehavot received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2011 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle. Her research has largely focused on identifying health disparities impacting lesbian and bisexual women and women Veterans, as well as examining risk factors, protective factors, and consequences of trauma for these populations.d
In-Group Partisan Identity Activation and Attitudes toward Gay Marriage
Dr. Melissa R. Michelson (Ph.D. Yale University, 1994) is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. Her major strands of research include field experiments on fostering attitudinal change on polarized political issues such as same-sex marriage and on voter mobilization of ethnic and racial minorities. She is co-author with Dr. Lisa García Bedolla of Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012). She has published 30 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and a dozen chapters in edited volumes, including recent pieces in Election Law Journal, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Political Behavior.
Dr. Brian Harrison (Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2013) will begin as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in July 2013. His two research agendas use experiments to investigate the effects of elite polarization on individual attitude formation and to test theories of persuasion on controversial issues like marriage equality. His work has been supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation and Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences. Brian is also the winner of the 2013 Timothy E. Cook Award, awarded to the best graduate student paper in political communication from the previous year’s American Political Science Association conference.
Gaining the Right to Marry: Marriage as a New Institutional Context in the Lives of Gay Men and Lesbians
Abigail Ocobock is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Chicago. She earned a Masters Degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University. Her research investigates how gaining the right to legally marry impacts gay men and lesbians’ couple, family, and community relationships. It includes married and unmarried gay men and lesbians and explores how both marital access and status shape and constrain their relationships. Abigail was the recipient of the American Sociological Association Sexualities and Family Sections Graduate Student Paper Awards in 2012, and her work was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2013.
Marginalization, Well-being, and Social/Community Support among Nonmetropolitan LGBT Youth: A Positive Youth Development Study
Megan Paceley is committed to creating positive social change through research on issues affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Megan is a doctoral student in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her research focuses on access, utilization, and impact of social and community support for LGBT youth in nonmetropolitan communities. In response to a local gap in services, Megan co-founded The UP Center, a nonprofit community center that supports and empowers LGBT youth. Megan partners with LGBT youth and communities to bridge the gaps between research, practice, and policy.
The Williams Institute would like to thank Chuck Williams, Nanette Gartrell, and Weston Milliken for their support in funding the small grants program.