— 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 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. She investigated why students invest in the reproduction of scripted heteronormative dance roles in for-pay salsa schools.
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. She studied intimacy in relationships outside of marriage and family, and how these non-kinship relationships provide diverse intimacies and resources over an increasingly unstable life course.