Mikaela H. Smith


Ph.D. Candidate
Sociology Department
University of California, Irvine

I am a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at UC Irvine seeking a tenure-track position at an institution invested in both research and teaching.

Broadly, my primary research considers the reproduction of gender– and race-based inequality through state policy intervention. In my dissertation, I investigate variation in reproductive healthcare policy and public opinion across the United States. To do so, I employ a variety of quantitative methods, including panel regression, multilevel logistic regression, and qualitative comparative analysis. Another paper currently under review examines the extent to which public opinion on paid leave is framed by opinion on abortion using data from the General Social Survey.

My second research agenda is to develop best practices for teaching quantitative methods to undergraduates in sociology and other social science disciplines. In Fall 2018 I will be conducting a survey-based project to investigate the extent and consequences of statistics anxiety among social science undergraduates.

My teaching interests include statistics, methods, and the sociology of gender. I have taught Probability and Statistics and Research Methods at the undergraduate level, and served as teaching assistant for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including statistics and social problems. Since 2016 I have served as statistics consultant for the sociology department, and from 2015-2016 I served as a UCI Pedagogical Fellow.