As a PhD Candidate in Sociology at University of Maryland, College Park, I study social inequality and mobility, examining who gets ahead in life and why. My current research focuses on the school-to-work transition, how college graduates respond to underemployment, and how job values changed in the new economy. I emphasize how gender, class, race, and sexual orientation shape processes of inequality.


Dernberger, Brittany. 2017. “Limited Intersectional Approaches to Veteran and Former Prisoner

Reintegration: Examining Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.” Sociological Imagination 53(1): 100-131.

     Read the open access version on SocArXiv


Dernberger, Brittany. 2014. “A Fluid Two-Way Street: South African HIV/AIDS NGOs and their Environment.” SPNHA Review 10(1): 4-19.

     Read the open access version on Scholar Works


Project | 01
Dissertation | Scarring Effects

The American Dream posits that individual perseverance will lead to increased economic security. Young people invest in college as a pathway to a good job. What happens when that investment doesn’t pay off? My dissertation project examines how college graduates interpret and respond to underemployment through interviews with recent graduates and analysis of longitudinal survey data.

Project | 02
Young Adults' Future Family Desires

In a paper co-authored with Joanna Pepin, we assess how young people’s imagined division of labor in their future families has changed over the past four decades. We find changes in gender attitudes are associated with changes in the economy, not an underlying support for feminism.

Project | 03
Job Values and the Gig Economy

What do people want from their job? How have job values changed in the new gig economy? I consider how job values have shifted over the past forty years, asking who can afford to "do what they love." 

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