Research & Teaching Interests: Family • Gender • Inequality
This is the academic portfolio of Lauren Griffin. My research and teaching interests include family, gender, and inequality. I am a scholar who values research, teaching, and service, as well as the connections between these areas of the academy and I continually work to develop my professional skills in each of these spheres. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to get in touch.
As a scholar, my work lies at the intersection of family, gender, and inequality. In particular, I investigate how gender dynamics in families give rise to inequalities, with a focus on relationship progression and stability. I have presented my research at national and regional conferences and have several papers in progress and under review. You can learn more about my scholarly work, which has been supported by national and local grants, here.
As an instructor, I enjoy introducing my students to the sociological imagination and helping them develop toolkits to critically examine the world around them. I encourage personal investment and ownership over learning by equipping students with the skills they need to make social discoveries of their own. You can learn more about my teaching, for which I have received multiple fellowships and awards, here.
I contribute to my department, university, and discipline by taking on leadership positions in my Graduate Student Association, serving as a discussant and presider at conferences, and maintaining active membership in professional academic organizations. I have also organized conferences and workshops on topics such as active learning and inclusive teaching. As an advocate and public sociologist, I collaborate with community organizations in order to engage with audiences beyond the academy. You can learn more about my service work here.
I strive for excellence in every aspect of my work through pursuing opportunities in advanced training and support. I received an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support community-engaged research on marriage and family. In recognition of my commitment to teaching, I was awarded a fellowship allowing me to spend a year creating my own undergraduate course at Cornell. I have also been selected for multiple national and local awards designed to support my professional development in teaching. Prior to my graduate studies, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship during which I spent a year teaching at a university in Montenegro. You can learn more about my professional development and accomplishments here.
If you are a student enrolled in one of my courses, please visit my teaching website.