Dr. Abigail Ocobock obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2015, where she was a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow. Her research combines family sociology and gender and sexualities studies with institutional sociology. Her work is driven by empirical and theoretical questions about how social institutions impact our most private, intimate and familial relationships. She is particularly interested in studying how the institution of marriage shapes and constrains relationship aspirations, choices and experiences. Her current book project focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) individuals who gained access to legal marriage. Drawing on mixed methods research with 116 participants, it examines the institutional mechanisms through which marriage impacts their couple, family, and social relationships. Her next project focuses on second and third generation South Asian Muslims experiencing arranged marriages in the United States. It investigates how they navigate their relationships in the context of two competing institutional marriage models.
Her work has been published in The Journal of Marriage and Family and Current Sociology. Her dissertation research was supported by a National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, and won the American Sociological Association, Sexualities and Family Sections Best Graduate Student Paper Awards.
Research Interests: family dynamics and inequalities; micro-level institutional experiences; the changing and enduring institution of marriage; gender and sexualities in families; gendered and sexual politics; and research methods (qualitative and mixed methods).
Areas of study: family sociology, gender, sexualities, institutional sociology.
Research Interests: Family sociology, Gender, Sexualities, Institutional sociology