is Full Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) at Cornell University. Trained as a social demographer, she has studied immigrant adaptation to life in the United States, with a particular emphasis on how these processes vary by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. She has published over a dozen articles and chapters on immigrant adaptation, which primarily focus on the pursuit of schooling, generational shifts in living arrangements, marriage timing, occupational attainment, and residential attainment in the United States. Professor Sassler is currently engaged in several major projects, among them a study of the factors affecting the retention and promotion of women in science and technology careers, and how nativity, gender, and ethnicity impacts career choice. She is also a co-Principal Investigator on an NIH grant that explores the effect of union transitions on the health and well-being of single mothers and their children. Her research also includes several projects examining cohabiting unions, the pace of relationship progression among contemporary young adults, and how these relationships are shaped by gender, nativity, and whether relationships are interracial or racially homogamous. Dr. Sassler received her Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University in 1995, and taught at the Ohio State University and Hunter College (CUNY) before coming to Cornell.
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