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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.

Positions

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




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)