Alexis Swendener

I am currently a doctoral candidate, and I completed my Master’s thesis in May 2012 at UNL, titled “Influences of Farming Background on Farm Women’s Employment Motivations.” Broadly, I am interested the influence of work, family, and gender dynamics on health within various, often understudied, social contexts. My dissertation research focuses on farm men and women’s negotiations of family and work roles, including the triple shift and couple work role incongruence, and associations with health and mental health via both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Other collaborative projects include examining rural youths' alcohol use as well as the relationship between farm women’s work and femininity. In another project, I explore family dynamics among sexual minority populations with a focus on health and well-being.


I have taught undergraduate courses in Social Problems, Marriage and Family, and Gender in Contemporary Society, the latter both in a traditional classroom and online. I have also served as a recitation instructor and instructor mentor for the large Introduction to Sociology classes, both in-person and in hybrid sections.



Tyler, Kimberly A., Lisa A. Kort-Butler, and Alexis Swendener. 2014. “The Effect of Victimization, Mental Health, and Protective Factors on Crime and Illicit Drug Use Among Homeless Young Adults.” Violence and Victims 29(2).



M.A.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln