Department of Sociology

Elizabeth Cozzolino

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth Cozzolino



Gender, The Family, Stratification, Criminal Justice


Elizabeth Cozzolino is a sociology graduate student with primary research interests in the family, stratification, gender, and criminal justice. She is also a PRC trainee and a 2016-2017 NICHD Fellow.

Elizabeth wrote her master's thesis on how child support payments shape relationships between parents and children in post-divorce and post-separation families. She did her comprehensive exams in Gender and U.S. Welfare State Policy. She also works as a GRA for Dr. Rob Crosnoe examining the effects of the Great Recession on the transitition to adulthood. She is a member of the Crime Law and Deviance, Race and Ethnicity, and Femme Sem working groups.

Her mixed methods dissertation focuses on incarceration as a method of child support enforcement. She has received an NSF DDRIG grant in Law and Social Science to support this dissertation research.

In addition to academic research, she has done policy analysis for the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office.


SOC S321Q • Social Inequality

85503 • Summer 2017
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 3.116


For many Americans, the 2016 election was a monumental event—for better or worse. With a keen eye towards current events, this course uses sociological theories and concepts to examine social inequality in the Trump era. Each week, we will investigate a different area of social inequality (class, race, gender, and health), making connections between intersecting venues of inequality. Students are expected to follow the news and each week will be asked to bring in a news story (no fake news!) that relates to that week’s discussion.


Readings will be available online and consist of a mix of academic articles, news articles, blog posts, and book chapters.

Grading and Requirements:

Students will be required to write discussion questions based on the readings, which I will collect at random intervals. The grades for this course will consist of attendance assignments, class participation, and two exams. There will be at least one opportunity for extra credit. Since this is a summer class that meets daily, I will incorporate in-class data activities, videos, and guest lectures to keep it interesting. Through the application of social theory to current events, students will be able to identify real-world ethical decisions and evaluate policy solutions empirically.


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