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Community Education Night May 18, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

posted Apr 19, 2014, 5:26 AM by WRV Pflag
Join us at the Historic Tivoli Theater Viquesny room for an engaging presentation by IU Sociology Professor Bryan Powell.  This event is free and open to the public.  

Sponsored by WRV PFLAG, Spencer PRIDE, Inc., and Spencer Walmart

Brian Powell

Brian PowellBrian Powell is James H. Rudy Professor and Co-Director of the Preparing Future Faculty program at the Department of Sociology. Brian's research interests have focused on family sociology, sociology of education, gender, and social psychology. With grants from the National Science Foundation, American Education Research Association, and the Spencer Foundation, Brian has examined how families confer advantages (or disadvantages) to their children and how structural and compositional features of families (e.g., parental age, family size, birth order, one vs. two-parent households, inter-racial composition, adoptive vs. biological parents) influence parental social, intellectual and economic investments in children. He is especially interested in several increasingly visible groups of "atypical" family forms: families with older parents, bi/multiracial families, adoptive families and gay/lesbian families.

Brian Powell's COUNTED OUT: Same-Sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010), coauthored with IU PhDs Catherine Bolzendahl and Claudia Geist and Lala Carr Steelman from the University of South Carolina, moves beyond previous efforts to understand how Americans view their own families by examining the way Americans characterize the concept of family in general.

COUNTED OUT reports on and analyzes the results of the authors' Constructing the Family Surveys (2003 and 2006), which were collected while Brian was the Director of the Sociological Research Practicum.  These surveys asked more than 1500 people to explain their stances on a broad range of issues, including gay marriage and adoption, single parenthood, the influence of biological and social factors in child development, religious ideology, and the legal rights of unmarried partners. With current IU graduate students, he is examining patterns from the 2010 Constructing the Family Survey.  In addition, he is exploring Americans’ views regarding the role of parents, children, and the government in college funding.