Laura Obernesser

Laura Obernesser.

BS Sociology 2013, SUNY Oneonta (Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies)
MA Sociology 2015, University of Montana (Area of Specialization: Inequality and Social Justice)
Thesis Title: “I Need a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out:” Spoiled Identities and Identity Maintenance among Single Mothers Experiencing Homelessness

Research interests: Family and family inequalities; Aging, gender, and the life course; Health and wellbeing, Generations and society; Kinship relationships and care work; Qualitative methods

Recent courses taught: 
Introduction to Sociology
Research Methods
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Gender
Social Problems
Sociology of Diversity

Bio: Laura Obernesser is a PhD student and instructor in the Department of sociology at the University at Buffalo. Broadly speaking, her research program focuses on how care work and the labor of kinship is distributed within and across families and the individual, interpersonal, and contextual mechanisms which play a role in care labor and the well-being of families. Her current work focuses on the increasingly important role grandparents play in the domain of child care, the negotiation and meaning of child care responsibilities within families (Boundary work- who should be, should not be, and who has the right to be doing what child care tasks) and how families make sense of both their family roles and the role of the welfare state involving child care.