Alexandra Kissling

Ph.D. Level
Graduate Students

Broadly, my research touches on gender, health, and family using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. One line of research explores the sociology of reproduction, including measuring changes in rates of sterilization over time and investigating the role of race in birth control usage among young adult women. My dissertation research addresses the role of gender in the sterilization decision making process. Using in depth interviews, I investigate the processes through which couples decide to use either tubal ligation and vasectomy, and how these decisions are influenced by gender.

My other line of research explores the ways that family structures and inequalities matter for health. I am a research assistant and interviewer on the Ohio LGBT Family Ties Study (https://ohiolgbtqfamilyties.weebly.com/the-team.html). Our team investigates how relationships between LGBT adults and their parents matter for health. In a similar vein, my thesis research investigated the role of partnership on sleep outcomes among mothers. I find that formerly partnered mothers are more likely than their married counterparts to experience insomnia. I argue that these differences are driven by the stress of union dissolution. Further, differences between the married and the unmarried only hold for White mothers, not Black mothers

Areas of Expertise
  • Health
  • Gender, Race, & Class
  • Sociology of Reproduction

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614 292-6681
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614 292-6687
The Ohio State University
Department of Sociology
238 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, Ohio  43210-1222