Department of Sociology

Elizabeth Cozzolino

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

PhD Candidate; PRC Graduate Student Trainee
Elizabeth Cozzolino



Crime, law, and Deviance; Family; Stratification; Gender


Elizabeth Cozzolino is a PhD Candidate in sociology with primary research interests in the family, stratification, gender, and criminal justice. She is also a 2017-2018 Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Policy Communications Fellow. Elizabeth is a PRC Trainee and member of the Crime Law and Deviance, Race and Ethnicity, Family Demography, and Femme Sem working groups.

Elizabeth wrote her master's thesis on how child support payments shape relationships between parents and children in divorced and unmarried families. Her article from this research, co-authored with Christine Williams, is published in Social Currents.

Her mixed methods dissertation focuses on incarceration as a method of child support enforcement. This research has been supported by the NSF DDRIG grant in Law and Social Science. Through a combination of survey data, administrative data, field observation, and in-depth interviews, this project explores the frequency, distribution, process, and consequences of jailing parents for child support nonpayment. 

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

For more about her research, visit her personal website.

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