Alexandra Kissling

IPR Graduate Student Affiliate
Graduate Affiliate

Alex is a PhD candidate in the sociology department. Broadly, her 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. Her dissertation research addresses the role of gender in the sterilization decision making process. Using in depth interviews, she investigates the processes through which couples decide to use either tubal ligation and vasectomy, and how these decisions are influenced by gender.


Her other line of research explores the ways that family structures and inequalities matter for health. She is a research assistant and interviewer on the Ohio LGBT Family Ties Study ( Their team investigates how relationships between LGBT adults and their parents matter for health. In a similar vein, her thesis research investigated the role of partnership on sleep outcomes among mothers. She found that formerly partnered mothers are more likely than their married counterparts to experience insomnia. She argues 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.