Aliya Rao

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Aliya Rao
Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-18
Graduate Voice & Influence Program Fellow 2016-2017

Aliya Hamid Rao received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, joining the Clayman Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the fall of 2016. Her dissertation was a qualitative study of unemployment which uses family observations and over a 100 longitudinal interviews. Her other work has examined how gender shapes religious conversion processes; a reflection on using observational methodology within families; and a study of how work and life intersect for young, elite transnational workers. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundations and through grants at the University of Pennsylvania. It has received recognition from the American Sociological Association and Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her broad areas of interest are: gender, work, family, emotions, qualitative methods, and religion.