Degree and year in the program
Fourth Year Ph.D. Student
Dr. Christina Falci and Dr. Patrick Habecker
Areas of Specialization
Health, Demography, and Quantitative Research Methods
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. I am also a graduate teaching assistant. I graduated with my BA in Demography with a minor in Economics from the University of Zambia (UNZA) in 2015 and an MA in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2022. My MA thesis was on factors associated with racial differences in health care access. I am working on two manuscripts for publication using the data from my MA thesis.
I also have experience working as a Graduate Research Assistant. During the summer of 2022, I worked as a research assistant at the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at UNL. My duties at BOSR included survey design, data collection, cleaning, entry, and reporting. I have also served as a research assistant and trainee under the Fogarty Aids Malignancies Training and Research International Program (AMTRIP) from 2018 to 2021. Through the AMTRIP, I received training in social network analyses, network-based study design, and instrument development for a research project on barriers to health service utilization among Kaposi’s sarcoma-infected individuals in Zambia under the mentorship of Dr. Kirk Dombrowski.
My research interests are in health, demography, and quantitative research methods. I have been a part of several research projects conducted in Zambia. My role in most of these projects was to collect, enter, and analyze data. I completed a study in Zambia on barriers to early diagnosis and treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma from March 2019 to July 2019.
As a student in the department of sociology, I have received tremendous support from faculty and students both academically and socially. The department provides opportunities for students to grow and excel in the program. For instance, the department encourages students to present their research at various conferences atleast once a year and provides departmental research and teaching fellowships/awards.