Welcome!

headshotI am currently a PhD Candidate¬†in sociology at UC Irvine. I am broadly interested in issues of disability and the family, and my research looks at the effects of having a sibling with a disability on children’s outcomes such as behavioral problems, risk-taking¬†behaviors, and educational attainment. I am also interested in gender, race, inequality, education, and mixed method approaches.

I spent last summer at the U.S. Census Bureau where I worked as an intern on projects that link outside data to the American Community Survey.

I also spent the summer of 2014 in Tokyo as an NSF fellow researching health and functioning among older Japanese adults.

Prior to entering the PhD program at UC Irvine, I completed my MA in Sociology at UC Riverside.

I can be reached at anna.penner[at]uci.edu.