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, Stress, Gender & Gender Identity, Sexualities, Race & Ethnicity, Intersectionality, Inequality, Mixed Methods, Social Movements.


Emily is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology studying the interplay among social identities and institutions like the healthcare system, stress and health, discrimination and inequality. She is currently conducting dissertation research in New York City as a Scholar in Residence at the CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies.

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 some health social movement aims successfully shift medical discourse, while others fail; and compare health behaviors and experiences of LGBTQ and straight individuals and couples.

Her dissertation study triangulates data from interviews with diverse LGBTQ patients and providers as well as extensive ethnographic fieldwork at two healthcare organizations 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 long-term relationships.

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).

She is currently a co-investigator and project coordinator for the "Texas Dyadic Diabetes Study: Diabetes Management in Lation, White, and Black Couples" (PI: Dr. Tetyana Pudrovska) and a research assistant for Dr. Pudrovska's WILLSHE project. Emily also works as a consultant on the Magnetic Couples Study, led by Dr. Janie Simmons at the National Development and Research Institutes.

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