Immigration, Stratification & Residential Mobility
This project collectively examines how immigrants (documented and undocumented) become socioeconomically incorporated into the fabric of American life. Papers from this project tackle this issue from multiple angles, but have a unifying theme. Data used from this project come from theLos Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LA-FANS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), and the U.S. Census.
HIV Stigma Beliefs & Protective Sexual Behaviors in Southern Africa
This project has two goals. The first is to examine the relationship between the expression of HIV stigma beliefs and the practice of protective sexual behaviors such as using condoms or practicing sexual fidelity in Southern Africa. The second is to explain this relationship by exploring how Southern Africans conceptualize, understand, and express HIV stigma beliefs, and how they connect them to protective sexual behaviors. To fulfill these goals, I will first use quantitative data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) to determine whether the relationship between the expression of HIV stigma beliefs and protective sexual behaviors varies across regions within Southern African countries. Second, to explore and explain this relationship, I will collect and analyze qualitative in-depth interviews from Xhosa men and women in the Eastern Cape of South Africa who are infected and uninfected with HIV/AIDS. I will use these interviews to assess how Xhosa make sense of their own beliefs about the infected, express these views, and how they connect them to their private sexual behaviors.
This project is not really a project. From time to time, I am involved in collaborative work that results from interactions with different scholars. These interactions sometimes yield published materials, sometimes they don’t. But I enjoy these collaborative ventures nonetheless.