Ellyn Arevalo Steidl

B.A., St. Olaf College

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; NICHD Predoctoral Trainee
Ellyn Arevalo Steidl



Family, Social Demography, Education, Work and Occupations


Ellyn studies how cultural norms, social institutions, and occupational experiences shape individuals’ familial and romantic relationships, with resulting implications for health and wellbeing. This research agenda has taken several forms during her years as a graduate student. In her Master’s Thesis, she used qualitative interviews she collected to study whether men and women embraced more flexible gender norms in the context of women’s increased economic power in society. In her quantiative research projects, she has studied the influence of higher education on marital longevity, and diverging divorce risks for different education groups. In other collaborative research with faculty, she investigates how uncertainty in the area of occupations and future careers influences union formation. Finally, a newer strain of her research engages how young adult women’s occupational characteristics matter for infant health.

In addition to research, Ellyn worked as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Marriage and Family from 2012-2015.

Ellyn is a NICHD Predoctoral Trainee for the 2015-2016 year.

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