Member, Board of Visitors, Since 2019
BS 1986, Sociology, UW-Madison
MS 1988, Sociology, UW-Madison
PhD 1992, Sociology and Demography, UW-Madison
Laura says that her UW-Madison sociology education has inspired her to pay attention to intersectionalities and how communities and societies stratify themselves by class, race, and gender. She uses her education every day in her research and in the hopes of inspiring her students’ sociological imagination.
Laura has been a professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University since 2001. She is a family sociology researcher who uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Her research has focused on women’s and men’s gendered division of labor, though she has recently explored parent-child relationships and human-animal interaction. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Her undergraduate repertoire includes methods and introductory sociology. At the graduate level, she teaches seminars on teaching, sociological theory, and population and society.
She began her career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned tenure at Tulane University before moving to Bowling Green, Ohio to take up opportunities as a BGSU sociology department faculty member and an affiliate of the Center for Family and Demographic Research. During her career, she has served as Director of the Bureau of Sociological Research at UNL and Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research at BGSU.
Laura lives in Bowling Green, Ohio and is an avid equestrienne with a thoroughbred mare and sport pony.