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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Tetyana Pudrovska

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Assistant Professor
Tetyana Pudrovska
" We need to address gender discrimination and prejudice against women leaders to reduce the psychosocial costs of job authority for women. "



Tetyana's current project explores how higher-status occupations and leadership affect women’s and men’s health. She is launching a multi-site and multi-method collection of longitudinal survey data, biomarkers, daily stress diary data, and in-depth interviews to understand how the psychological and physical health costs and rewards of job authority differ between men and women. Students interested in working on the "Women in Leadership: Linking Stress, Health, and Equality" (WILLSHE) Project ( are encouraged to e-mail Tetyana. She also works with the Center for Women and Gender Studies to re-establish the Gender and Health research cluster (


Population Health Disparities, Gender and Health, Work and Health, Biopsychosocial Stress, Biodemography, Aging

SOC 302 • Intro To The Study Of Society

44805-44830 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1230pm-130pm WCH 1.120
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Sociology is the scientific study of human societies, human behavior, and social life. This course will introduce you to the major topics that sociologists study, including culture, socialization, social interaction, stratification, and social institutions. An introduction to the theoretical perspectives and research methods of sociology will enhance your critical reasoning about these social issues. Most importantly, this course intends to develop your sociological imagination, which is the ability to understand how private lives are linked to and influenced by larger social processes.   Texts:   Textbook: Giddens, Duneier, Appelbaum, Carr. (2013). “Essentials of Sociology”, 9th edition. W. W. Norton


SOC 395G • Gender And Health

45215 • Spring 2015
Meets TH 600pm-900pm CLA 2.606
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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This graduate-level seminar applies a life-course interdisciplinary approach to gender and health in the US. “Health” is considered broadly as physical health, mental health, and mortality. We will integrate sociological, biological, psychological, and demographic perspectives to cover the topics of family, work, social relationships, masculinity, social stress, life transitions, and aging. We’ll focus on within- and between-gender differences, which means not only differences between men and women, but also heterogeneity among women and among men as well as similarities across genders. We’ll emphasize intersectionality and how gender interacts with race/ethnicity and social class to shape distinctive experiences of multiple groups and to create remarkable within-gender heterogeneity.


There will be no textbook in this class. All required readings will be based on recently published original research and posted on Canvas.

Grading and Requirements:

The class requirements include leading and participating in class discussions, three mini-papers synthesizing and critically evaluating the readings, and a course project, which can be a literature review or an empirical study. ​


SOC 321K • Mental Hlth In Social Context

46173 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am WAG 201
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Course Description:

This course is an overview of a sociological approach to mental health and illness. We will focus on the social antecedents and consequences of mental illness and the extent to which mental disorder is socially constructed. We will combine sociological, psychological, epidemiological, and biological approaches to better understand the social dimensions of mental health and how the social aspects of mental illness interact with intra-individual processes. We’ll also emphasize the diversity of mental health and illness by gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and marital status. The objective of this course is for you to become familiar with micro-macro processes through which mental health and illness are affected by society and in turn affect social functioning of individuals. At the end of this course you will be able (1) to critically apply a sociological perspective to mental illness as a social phenomenon that transcends the individual level and (2) to understand the social etiology of and social inequality in mental health.

 Required Reading:

Textbook: William C. Cockerham. (2010). Sociology of Mental Disorder, 9/E. Pearson.

Additional readings will be sometimes included in the lectures. All these readings will be posted on BB. 

Grading and Requirements:

Exam 1                                    25%

Exam 2                                    25%

Exam 3                                    25%

Course paper                            10%

Attendance                                10%

Participation                              5%



A   = 95%-100%

A-  = 90%-94.9%

B+ = 87%-89.9

B   = 84%-86.9%

B-  = 80%-83.9%

C+ = 77%-79.9%

C   = 70%-76.9%

D   = 60%-69.9%

F    = below 60%



SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

45685 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 200pm-330pm BUR 228
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Meetes with SSC 385



This course is intended to provide graduate students in sociology with (a) a level of literacy in statisticalmethods that will permit a basic understanding of most publications in the field's major journals, (b) the basictools needed for a master's thesis that uses quantitative methods, (c) preparation for more advanced courses inthis department and for independent study, and (d) a sensitivity for the limitations, as well as the strengths, ofquantitative methods.


The text will be Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th edition (2009), by Alan Agresti and BarbaraFinlay (Available at the University Co-op). Please read the assigned chapters before coming to class. For thecomputer labs, Hamilton's "Statistics with Stata, Version 9" or Acock's "A Gentle Introduction to Stata" arerecommended by NOT required.


There will be five homework assignments, a mid-term exam, and a final term paper. Most homework problemswill come from the text or will be computer exercises. The course grade will be based 50% on the homework,25% on the exam, and 25% on the final paper.Computer InstructionStudents are expected to attend the lab sessions, which will deal mainly with homework and statisticalcomputing.

SOC 354K • Sociology Of Health & Illness

46470 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm BUR 108
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Course Description

This course will introduce you to the social distribution of health and illness in the population. We will critically examine how social statuses and roles affect physical and mental health. Moreover, we will pay particular attention to the mechanisms giving rise to social disparities in health. This course is organized into four thematic sections, each representing a major social characteristic of the paramount interest to sociologists: gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), and marital/parental status. Within each section, we will familiarize ourselves with original articles, most of which were published in major sociological journal within the last 5-6 years. Our focus will be on most recent cutting-edge research in medical sociology and social epidemiology.  Readings for each section will include a combination of articles addressing both physical health (including mortality) and mental health. In this class, we will emphasize diversity, differentials, heterogeneity, and inequality, and discuss how medical sociologists and social epidemiologists study the increasing complexity of the population health processes. The objectives for this course are for you to become critical consumers of social epidemiological information and critical thinkers about social antecedents of individual health outcomes.

SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

46665 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 300pm-430pm BUR 231
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This course is intended to provide graduate students in sociology with (a) a level of literacy in statistical methods that will permit a basic understanding of most publications in the field's major journals, (b) the basic tools needed for a master's thesis that uses quantitative methods, (c) preparation for more advanced courses in this department and for independent study, and (d) a sensitivity for the limitations, as well as the strengths, of quantitative methods.

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