Mentors and Projects
Dr. Kirk DombrowskiSOCIOLOGY
Dr. Kirk DombrowskiSOCIOLOGY
The Nain Networks Project
Asst. Prof. Christopher Gustafson & Asst. Prof. Liz VanWormerAGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
The perceived value of girls' and boys' education among three ethnic groups in Tanzania
Data were collected with 196 households from three pastoralist/agro-pastoralist ethnic groups in rural Tanzania on the perceived benefits of formally educating girls and boys, as well as households' actual education decisions. These three groups have not traditionally participated significantly in the formal education system, despite Tanzania's goals to achieve universal primary school attendance. The surveyed households are drawn from 21 villages comprising two contiguous geographical divisions. Information is available on the ethnic group of each household, the village the household lives in, household location, school location, school fees, and, among other information, male and female household leaders' education levels. Preliminary analysis indicates that the education choices of a household's neighbors predicts the education choices of the household itself, suggesting network effects. Households provided open-ended responses to questions about the value of education for girls and boys, which needs to be coded for analysis.
Christopher Gustafson is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Economics and Health Disparities. Liz VanWormer is an Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/School of Natural Resources.
Asst Prof. Angela Palmer-WackerlyCOMMUNICATION STUDIES
Supportive Communication, Identity, and Well-being in Rural and Sensitive Health Situations
Dr. Lorey WheelerNEBRASKA CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS
Health disparities experienced by minority youth represent a serious public health problem in the United States. Mexican-origin youth are at disproportionate risk for engagement in health-risk behavior and health problems. Based on prior studies, Mexican-origin youth are also at risk for exposure to unique cultural stressors (e.g., discrimination, acculturative stress), in addition to economic hardship, poverty, school dropout, and work that requires little formal education, all of which further threaten well-being. There is a need to understand resilience based mechanisms that may help Mexican-origin youth overcome adversity and promote positive health, which are key for developing successful programming to reduce health disparities for ethnic minority populations. The data for the current project comes from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health’s (Add Health) Mexican-origin subsample (~1600 youth).
Prerequisites: Although not a requirement for involvement, please provide information on any research experience, proficiency with statistical software (e.g., SPSS), and familiarity with conducting literature reviews.