— M.A., The University of Chicago
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Kara is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a trainee in the Population Research Center. She is interested in how work and family pressures affect microsociological violence in family relationships and long-term gender inequities in health for different socioeconomic classes and marginalized populations.
At the University of Chicago, Kara wrote her qualitative M.A. thesis, Follow the leader: The reproduction and persistence of gender roles in salsa schools, which theorized why students enjoy a leisure escape in for-pay salsa schools, where they invest in the reproduction of stable and scripted heteronormative dance roles and raced and classed performances of masculinity and femininity.
Originally from Hawaii, she did her B.A. in sociology and English at Tufts University and received high thesis honors for her qualitative senior honors thesis in sociology, The Value of Friendship: Social Validation and Support for the Individual, which theorized the understudied topic of intimacy in non-kinship relationships and the important role that non-kinship relationships, like friendship, play in providing support for kinship relationships and as a part of relationship communities that provide diverse intimacies and resources for the increasingly isolated individual over an increasingly unstable life course.