Andreja Siliunas

Andreja Siliunas

Doctoral Student in Sociology & Social Policy
Andreja Siliunas

Research Interests: Family Demography; Stratification; and Social Policy

Andreja is a PhD student in Sociology & Social Policy. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago and completed her bachelors degree at the College of Wooster with a sociology major and math minor. As an undergraduate, she wrote a thesis exploring cross-county variation in child welfare agencies' willingness and ability to support the grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, and other kinship caregivers who take in their relatives' abused or neglected children to divert them from traditional foster care. Since graduating, she has worked at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, assisting sociologists with projects pertaining to intergenerational transmission of wealth, intimate partner violence/unintended pregnancy, and correlates of children's telomere length (a biomarker of accumulated stress). Her research interests span family demography, stratification, and social policy. She is particularly interested in kinship networks and hopes to continue exploring ways in which public institutions impact resource distribution among/between extended family members.

Previous Degrees:
BA, Sociology, College of Wooster

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