Research & Teaching Interests: Gender • Family • Labor Markets • Inequality
This is the academic portfolio of Lauren Griffin, a PhD Student in the Sociology Department at Cornell University. I am a scholar who values teaching, research, and service, as well as the connections between these areas of the academy.
As a teacher, I enjoy introducing my students to the sociological imagination and helping them develop toolkits to critically examine the world around them. I encourage student ownership over learning by equipping students with the tools they need to make social discoveries of their own. In recognition of my commitment to teaching, I have been awarded a fellowship allowing me to spend a year designing and teaching my own undergraduate course. I have also received multiple fellowships to organize and implement programs on pedagogy that serve the graduate community at Cornell.
As a researcher, my work centers on the intersection between gender, family, labor markets, and inequality. In particular, I investigate how gendered dynamics within the family give rise to inequalities in intimate relationships and at work. I have presented my research at national and regional conferences and have several papers in progress and under review.
I contribute to my department, university, and discipline by serving in leadership positions in my Graduate Student Association, maintaining active membership in professional organizations, and presiding over conference roundtable sessions. As an advocate and public sociologist, I volunteer with community organizations in order to engage with audiences beyond the academy.