In my research, I use a range of methods, including experiments, surveys, and in-depth interviews to examine Americans' attitudes about sex and gender, sexual orientation, relationships, and work. My interest in gender and sexual orientation stems from my early work in which I used theories of masculinity to guide my research on anti-LGBT homicides. My dissertation examines views of women and men based on their marital name choices.
Views of Women & Men Based on Marital Name Choice
Are women and men who break traditional gender norms about marital name choice perceived differently from those who follow the norm, and under what conditions can this norm be changed? The goal of my dissertation research is to examine how marital name norms can be challenged by identifying the conditions in which norm-breakers are given more leniency. Specifically, I examine whether women and men who are middle-class or working-class, women and men who are primary breadwinners or secondary breadwinners, and women and men who plan to have kids or do not plan to have kids are viewed differently when they make an unconventional marital name decision. This research includes three survey experiments to examine whether and how economic resources and parental status change the effect marital name choice has on views of women and men. Qualtrics, an online survey platform that recruits respondents, will collect data for each experiment.
Views of Same-Sex Families
Cheng, Simon, Kristin Kelley, and Brian Powell. “One Sex, Two Sexes, One Parent, Two Parents: Public Attitudes toward Single and Same-Sex Parenthood.” Preparing for submission.
Kelley, Kristin and Landon Schnabel. “Same-Sex Family Matters: Attitudes about Same-Sex Parenting and Same-Sex Marriage.” In progress.
Kelley, Kristin and Brian Powell. 2016. “Methodological Decisions by Researchers of LGBTQ Populations” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, edited by Abbie Goldberg. New York: SAGE.
Kelley, Kristin and Brian Powell. 2016. “Debates about Scientific Integrity” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, edited by Abbie Goldberg. New York: SAGE.
Gruenewald, Jeff and Kristin Kelley. 2014. “Exploring Anti-LGBT Homicide by Mode of Victim Selection.” Criminal Justice and Behavior 41(9):1130-1152.