Department of Sociology

Kara Takasaki

M.A., The University of Chicago

Kara Takasaki



Gender, Family, Race and Ethnicity, Social Stratification, Sociology of Emotions, Family Violence, Asian America


Kara is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate fellow in the Ethnography Lab, a graduate trainee in the Population Research Center, and a graduate student affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. 

Kara studies how paid and unpaid labor is stratified by gender and race.  For her dissertation research, she studies the gendered division of labor in Asian families in Austin and Honolulu. 

Kara also works as a research assistant for an NSF grant in the PRC, studying the transition experiences and different attrition rates of men and women STEM graduates out of STEM careers. She has worked at the community, non-profit, city, and state level in urban policy and health and human services.

Originally born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kara is a 4th generation Japanese-American. Before coming to UT Austin’s doctoral program in sociology, she attended Tufts University for her B.A. in sociology and English, and received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in the social sciences.

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. She investigated why students invest in the reproduction of scripted heteronormative dance roles in for-pay salsa schools. 

At Tufts University, Kara did her B.A. in sociology and English and received high thesis honors for her qualitative senior honors thesis in sociology, The Value of Friendship: Social Validation and Support for the Individual. She studied intimacy in relationships outside of marriage and family, and how these non-kinship relationships provide diverse intimacies and resources over the life course. 

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