Faculty in Human Development and Family Studies are committed to research on functioning and development in diverse families at complex ecological intersections. Of particular interest are families from various ethnic, cultural and national backgrounds across a range of socioeconomic circumstances. Other emphases include LGBT individuals and their families, single parent-families, mother-breadwinner families, and youth activism and culture. A concern for social justice is woven throughout the work of many HDFS scholars. Examples include research on education, inequality and race/ethnicity, the dynamics of interpersonal violence, and immigrant well-being.
The faculty members below specialize in Diverse Families, Poverty/Inequality, and Social Justice.