Areas of Interest / Specialization:
Gender, Aging, Family, Health, Social Demography, Quantitative Methods
Women’s Education, Intergenerational Coresidence, and Household Decision-Making in China
Yu Xie (Chair), Noreen Goldman, Sara McLanahan, Margaret Frye
Heba's dissertation entitled “Refugees Welcome” examines how newly resettled Syrian refugees make new lives in the United States, and the different experiences of their counterparts in Canada, Italy and Germany. She is interested in how refugees recuperate capitals lost in war and displacement, and how policies help or hinder this process. Prior to beginning her PhD, Heba was a researcher on a poverty alleviation program in Cairo, Egypt.
Kendall's research interests include economic sociology, organizations, and the sociology of culture. More specifically, her dissertation examines social companies and social entrepreneurship. Her previous work explores the transmission of culture and the role of narrative in ethical consumption. Kendall holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Kendall’s worked as in a Neuroscience and Psychology lab. Her honors thesis examined gendered images of mental illness in the media.