Sex, Courtship, and Marriage in America (SOC/FEMGEN 134D)
Spring 2019, Summer 2018
This course provides students with a thorough overview of demographic and sociological perspectives on family life in the United States. Students will become familiar with the empirical patterns and trends, political and cultural debates, and policy issues concerning historical and modern romantic and sexual relationships – as well as the major theories and research methods used in the sociological study of relationships. Throughout the course, we will explore how changes in modern courtship may affect broader patterns of social inequality and family structure. Additionally, we will examine how the mate selection process intersects with various aspects of gender, sexuality, class, race, and technology.
Gender and Politics
Despite gains in recent years, women remain dramatically underrepresented in virtually all realms of the American political system. In this course, students will become familiar with the empirical patterns and trends, social and cultural debates, and policy issues concerning the role of gender in American politics. We will examine the gender gap in voting patterns and mass political participation, as well as strategies for increasing women’s representation. Students will come to understand the effects of women’s lack of parity, including policy attitudes, processes, and outcomes. Furthermore, we will explore gender inequality in politics through an intersectional lens of race, class, age, education, and sexuality.
Additional Teaching Experience
The Summer Institute in Political Psychology
In the summers of 2016 and 2017, I worked with Professor Jon Krosnick to organize, direct, and lead the Stanford Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP). This position involved personally organizing lectures and facilitating a daily discussion among a diverse group of over 30 graduate students, faculty members, and professionals in a three-week intensive training program on the world of political psychology research, with lectures by world-renowned scholars.
– Introduction to Data Analysis (Fall and Winter 2015)
– The Changing American Family (Winter 2016)
– Sport, Competition, and Society (Fall 2016)