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Briana N. Starks

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Candidate

Briana N. Starks

Briana Starks is a PhD Student in the Joint Program in Social Work and Sociology. The study of stratification and inequality unifies her research interests. She is most interested in research that illuminates the lived experience of low-income families. She is currently involved in the study of reproductive behavior and habits of young women, children's savings accounts and educational outcomes and expectations for low-income families, as well as within-group differences in wealth, income, and education.

Research Interests/Focus

Poverty, inequality, social stratification, racial disparities, the welfare state, and access to postsecondary education; connecting micro processes to macro structures using mixed methods.


Year Degree   School
2014 BA University of California Berkeley
2019 MSW University of Michigan
Year Description
2021 - Winter Clara P. and Larry E. Davis Scholarship
2020 - Winter Bobbe & Jon Bridge Award for Engaged Scholarship
2020 - Sp/Su CEW + Fellowship Program Award
2019 - Winter Rosemary Sarri Scholarship
2019 - Fall Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2018 - Sp/Su Faculty Allies for Diversity Manuscript Writing Fellowship

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