— M.A., The University of Chicago
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Kara is a PhD 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 lead to microsociological violence in family relationships.
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 provides support for kinship relationships and is an integral part of relationship communities, which provide diverse intimacies and resources for the individual over an increasingly unstable life course.