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Kate Prickett

PRC Graduate Student Trainee M.P.Aff., The University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; Ph.D. Candidate
Kate Prickett



Kate Prickett is a PhD candidate in Sociology with specializations in Demography and Family. Her research agenda focuses broadly on how the connection between family contexts and children's health and wellbeing is implicated in the intergenerational transmission of inequality. This research is organized by an integration of stratification theory and the life course paradigm that emphasizes how interpersonal processes between parents and children are embedded within a complex array of proximate ecological settings (e.g., work, family) and broader systems of stratification (e.g., socioeconomic, gender).

Her dissertation uses life course theory to examine how dynamic maternal employment trajectories affect parenting, with a particular focus on employment transitions (such as job loss) and the moderating effect of work-family support policies.

Kate's other projects explore several areas of family dynamics, including the association between maternal employment contexts and child outcomes, the role of maternal education in parenting behaviors that affect children's health, family and child care instability, and family firearm safety.

Kate earned her Masters degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.


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