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About Dr. Jennifer H. Lundquist

I am a sociologist and demographer. I examine how racial, ethnic and gender inequalities are perpetuated and sometimes undone in various institutional settings, such as the workplace, the dating/marriage market and in families. I am drawn to research conundrums. My major areas of scholarship include analyzing online dating behavior to better understand how interracial interaction contributes to continued racial hierarchies; taking advantage of unique social continuities in the U.S. military that provide insight into what drives racial disparities in health, family formation behaviors and other outcomes in larger society; tracing the development and impact on the American welfare system of the U.S. prison and military system “submerged states”; and better understanding how institutions and their policies impact the changing American life course in the post-industrial economy. By exploring alternative institutional contexts, I cast a number of important social problems in a new light.


Present Associate Dean of Research, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Present Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Teacher Award Nomination, University of Massachusetts, 2012-13
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Grant, 2013 ($12,000)
  • Primary Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant SES-0751505, ($160,000)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2010-2011
  • Faculty Research Grant, 2010 ($14,550)
  • UConn Research Grant, 2010 ($1500 with Mary Fischer and Thomas Cooke)
  • Fellowship in Family Research for Research Assistant Zhun Xu, Center for Research on Families, ($10,000) 2010-11.
  • First Place Award for conference paper, Child Health Epidemiology Program. 2009.
  • Co-PI (with Joya Misra), Mellon Foundation and MSP grant, Caregiver Equity Study Survey, 2008-09 (awarded RA funding)
  • Fellowship, Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, 2008-09
  • Fellowship, Center for Research on the Family, 2006-2007
  • Faculty Research Grant, 2005 ($7,085)

Interracial Dating & Sexualities (4)

Racial Health Disparities (2)

Racial & Gender Stratification in an Alternative Setting (Military) (6)

Gender & Work-Life Balance in Higher Education (5)

Family, Fertility & Childlessness (5)

Demography (2)

Immigration (1)