Jose Martin Aveldanes
I am currently a second-year PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. This year, I am also a National Institutes of Health Fellow in the Department of Demography under the support of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Branch for Child and Human Development. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of South Carolina, where I received training in quantitative methodology; During my time at South Carolina, I co-authored an article with Drs. Carla Pfeffer and Jennifer Augustine in Population Review on the amount of time same-sex couples with children spend in activities related to health and well-being. I am broadly interested in stratification and inequality within the context of contemporary American families and under that umbrella my research spans three substantive areas: couples and their population-level outcomes (e.g., marriage, education, health), the intergenerational transmission of advantage (and disadvantage) within (and across) families, and how the social and biological interact to produce outcomes in the life course. To this end—I utilize nationally-representative longitudinal data and methods of causal inference. I have worked with the American Time Use Surveys, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the American Census to investigate these interests. As of 2020, I am working on the CenSoc project in the Department of Demography at UC Berkeley linking the 1940 Census to files from the Social Security Administration. I am also mentoring Cal-ADAR students on using R and Data Science to investigate mortality.