Department of Sociology

Emily Paine

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral candidate; PRC Graduate Student Trainee; Urban Ethnography Lab Graduate Fellow; Scholar in Residence, CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies
Emily Paine



Health & Healthcare; Gender, Gender Identity, & Sexualities; Race & Ethnicity; Stress; Organizations; Aging and the Life Course; Family


Emily is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology examining how stress, stigma, and inequality shape health across the life course by investigating the interplay of gender, sexual and racial identities within social institutions such as the healthcare system and the family.

Specifically, Emily is working to: identify healthcare needs among sexual and gender identity minorities; examine how organizational contexts structure the ways in which marginalized minorities experience health and healthcare; explain how diverse medical actors shape constructs of gender and sexuality in health settings; and compare health behaviors and experiences of LGBTQ and straight individuals and couples.

Her dissertation study analyzes data triangulated from interviews with diverse LGBTQ patients and providers as well as ethnographic fieldwork at an LGBT healthcare organization in New York City to reveal how individual and organizational factors shape healthcare for multiply marginalized populations at high risk of poor health and underutilization of care. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, the CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, and the Urban Ethnography Lab at University of Texas-Austin. Emily's master's thesis explored how health-related midlife transitions influence experiences of sex and sexuality among women in both same-sex and different-sex marriages.

At UT, Emily has worked as a research assistant for: Dr. Debra Umberson's Health and Relationships Project, funded by the National Institute for Aging; the related Massachusetts Health and Relationships Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Dr. David Pedulla's project examining "Non-Standard, Contingent, and Precarious Work in the 'New Economy'" (funded by UC-Davis Center for Poverty Research). Additionally, Emily was the project coordinator for the "Texas Dyadic Diabetes Study: Diabetes Management in Lation, White, and Black Couples" (PI: Dr. Tetyana Pudrovska).

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