Abigail "Abby" Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being an affiliate of the Kellogg Institute, she is also a Notebaert Fellow and a graduate minor in Gender Studies. Abby's sociological subfields include methods, family and gender, culture, and politics. She studies how family and gender interact with each other and with politics in different cultures. Abby is currently working on a project on visual productive methodologies and another using statistics to examine the cultural impacts of political moves toward gender equality cross-nationally over time. Her main current project – her dissertation – involves longitudinal interviews with women in Wisconsin focusing on their views of parenthood and politics. You can learn more about these and other projects at her website. In addition to working as a researcher, a methods consultant, and a Writing Center peer tutor on campus, Abby is also a birth and bereavement doula and childbirth educator in her community.

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I am interested in how the family and the state influence each other and how this interaction changes culture.