Anna E. Acosta Russian

Anna E. Acosta Russian

Graduate Student

About Anna E. Acosta Russian

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. I received my M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Applied Statistics from IU Bloomington and hold a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish from Providence College. 

My research lies at the intersection of gender, sexuality, race and sport. My dissertation uses the case study of former Division I NCAA college athletes’ transition out of college athletics to examine how race and sexuality impact a) the ways people hold themselves and others accountable for how they express their gendered selves. And b) when and under what conditions people reject previous gender socialization or use it to their advantage. I merge theories of race, culture, and gender to examine the ways whiteness shapes gender accountability across contexts, and how respondents use their cultural toolkits learned through college athletics to uphold this accountability. I focus on behaviors and attitudes associated with recreational sport, work, and family/romantic life.

My theoretical interests and collaborative work involve an array of methodological approaches including: in-depth qualitative interviews, secondary data analysis, and experiments (online and field). These projects include: A large-scaled research project involving survey experiments and an audit study, which seeks to uncover the mechanisms that produce socioeconomic disadvantage among Asian and Asian American workers in the United States (PI: Stephan Benard). A second study (Co-PI with Pamela Braboy Jackson) uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine how role sequencing of women (sequence of education, entering into the labor force, marriage, motherhood) impacts various health and economic outcomes and if these outcomes vary by race.