— M.A., The University of Chicago
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Kara is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate fellow in the Ethnography Lab and a graduate trainee in the Population Research Center. She is interested in work and family policy and how Asians manage cultural expectations for work and family in the U.S.
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 participate in for-pay salsa schools, where they invest in the reproduction of stable and scripted heteronormative dance roles.
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. This thesis theorized the understudied topic of intimacy in non-kinship relationships, and how friendship supports kinship relationships and can provide diverse intimacies and resources over an increasingly unstable life course.
CV available on request.