Department of Sociology

Michael Garcia

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Student, PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Michael Garcia



Social Relationships, Health and Well-Being, Gender, Demography, Quantitative Methods


Michael Alexis Garcia is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center (PRC) Graduate Research Trainee. Her primary research interests are health and well-being, social relationships, and gender.

Michael's Master's thesis used dyadic diary data to explore how marital strain as percieved by each spouse influences individual psychological distress and how these relationships differ for men and women in same- and different-sex couples. Her current research projects explore gendered marital processes surrounding stress, health behaviors, and well-being as well as how cross-national variation in work-family reconciliation policies impact child well-being. 

Beginning in the Summer of 2018, Michael will also serve as a research assistant on Dr. Deb Umberson's "Race/Ethnic Differences in Life Course Exposure to Death: Consequences for Health" Project, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Michael received her B.A. in Sociology from Baylor University in 2016.

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