Abigail Jorgensen




Cultural Sociology, Gender and Family, Political Sociology, Quantitative Methods


Abigail "Abby" Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame and a Notebaert Fellow. She is also a graduate minor in Gender Studies and an affiliate of the Kellogg Institute.

Abby cares deeply about using and promoting the use of methodologies that are appropriate, healthy, and beautiful. She is also passionate about supporting families, especially those in formation. Her sociological subfields include methods, family and gender, culture, and politics. 

Abby is currently working on a project on visual productive methodologies and another using statistics to examine the cultural impacts of political moves toward gender equality cross-nationally over time. Her main current project – her dissertation – involves longitudinal interviews with women in Wisconsin focusing on their views of parenthood and politics. You can learn more about these and other projects at her website. 

In addition to working as a researcher, a methods consultant, and a Writing Center peer tutor on campus, Abby is also a birth and bereavement doula and childbirth educator in her community. 


Title: "Becoming the Mommy Politic"
Committee: Elizabeth McClintock (chair), ErinMcDonnell, Abi Ocobock, Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame Department of Political Science), and Jessica Collett (UCLA Department of Sociology)