Tabitha Wilbur

Tabitha Wilbur

Graduate Student

About Tabitha Wilbur

Tabitha (Tabi) is a P.h.D candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research broadly focuses on social inequality, education, family and health. She has published articles in Social Forces and Socius and currently has revise and resubmits at Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Socius. Her research in Social Forces on first-generation college students, stress, and depressive symptoms was the 2021 co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Children and Youth, and received honorable mentions from the ASA Section on Sociology of Education and the ASA Section on Aging and the Life course. In 2019, she also received the John Seidler Student Paper Award from the North Central Sociological Association for this work. In her dissertation, Tabitha uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the relationship between social mobility and family formation among first-generation college students. Specifically, she examines first-generation students’ orientation toward romantic relationships before and during college, cross-class relationship satisfaction/quality, and disparities in family income and wealth accumulation among married first and continuing-generation college graduates.

Dissertation Title: “First-generation College Students, Social Mobility and Family Formation”
Dissertation Committee: Brian Powell and Jennifer C. Lee (Co-chairs), Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Jessica Calarco