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Keera Allendorf

allendorfAssociate Professor of Sociology and International Studies
BH 729, (812) 855-1234

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • B.A., Carleton College, 2000

Region of Interest

  • Nepal
  • India

Research Topics

  • Demography
  • Family
  • Health
  • Gender

Research Summary

My research focuses on family behaviors, gender, and health. I investigate how and why family behaviors change over time, how different factors influence family behaviors, and how family behaviors shape health. Current projects examine how beliefs and values influence when and whom young people marry, changes over time in women's co-residence with their parents, and the influence of extended family structures on maternal and child health. Geographically, my work focuses on India and Nepal. My methods include the analysis of large scale surveys and ethnographic fieldwork.

Representative Publications

  • Allendorf, Keera. 2017. “Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(2):337-355.
  • Allendorf, Keera and Roshan K. Pandian. 2016. “The Decline of Arranged Marriage? Marital Change and Continuity in India.” Population and Development Review 42(3):435-464.
  • Allendorf, Keera and Arland Thornton. 2015. “Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior.”  American Journal of Sociology 121(1):243-287.
  • Allendorf, Keera. 2013. “Going Nuclear? Family Structure and Young Women’s Health in India, 1992-2006.” Demography 50(3):853-880.
  • Allendorf, Keera. 2013. “Schemas of Marital Change: From Arranged Marriages to Eloping for Love.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75(2):453-469.

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