Springer, Kristen W.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Gender, family, health, aging, and methodology (qualitative and quantitative).
Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Gender, Men and Masculinities, and Graduate Statistics.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member of SSSP Health Division Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, 2007; Session Chair for “Constructing Motherhood,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 2007; Member of Computing Committee, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, 2006-present; Member: American Sociological Association; Sociologists for Women in society; Population Association of America, Society for the study of Social Problems; Gerontological Society of America; and the American Public Health Association.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Section, 2007; Rutgers University Research Council Grant. “Husbands’ Health: Effects of Income and Occupation Trajectories," 2007; Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2006; Katherine DuPre Lumpkin Dissertation Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005-2006; University of Wisconsin Advanced Level (dissertation) Fellowship, 2005-2006; National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Trainee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research interests center on health and aging in the context of gender relations and families. I am particularly interested in examining health as a fundamental and sensitive indicator of gender inequality.
My most recent research examines the impact of wives’ employment on husbands’ health by contrasting existing socioeconomic and labor specialization arguments with gendered theories. I am completing a project exploring the social, behavior, emotional, and cognitive life course pathways that connect childhood physical abuse with adult physical health. Both of these projects are currently under review for publication.