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TESS STARMAN

Sociologist in Training

LEARNER. RESEARCHER. TEACHER.

My Epistemological Commitments: 

liberatory knowledge

sharing power 

critical application 

BIO

I am a PhD Student at Howard University. I research intersections of race, class, gender, and power at the nexus of religion and politics. I study progressive and feminist Christian attitudes, religious exiting and disaffiliation, and religion's impact on political attitudes and engagement. 

I primarily utilize quantitative methods with training in moderated mediation regression analysis techniques, structural-equation modeling, and causal inference with longitudinal data. Additionally, I have training and experience in qualitative techniques, including crafting, executing, and analyzing in-depth interviews and focus group data. 

As a scholar, I am committed to a critical praxis. To me, this means addressing the reality of power and systemic inequality in design, analysis, discussion, and implication of all of my research. This also means ensuring that all of my scholarship is public scholarship, with a commitment to asking meaningful questions and making those answers accessible and available. 

Part of my commitment as a scholar is passionate and thoughtful teaching. I design my courses in a way that empowers students to be engaged in their own learning, crafting projects, materials, and conversations that are relevant to their passions and the social world around them. My priorities in the classroom are challenging assumptions, empowering learners, and ensuring accessibility and applicability of content.

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