Student and Alumni Research

Maria Alexandra D'agostino (BA'22)

As the spread of the respiratory virus, COVID-19, began to wreak havoc on the lives of millions of individuals across the globe, women were one of the largest groups disproportionately affected. Also known as the gender pay gap, the average difference between the earnings of men and women, is one of the various aspects of the gender gap struggles that women endure everyday and one which has been especially exacerbated during the pandemic. Though in the midst of the pandemic, women held more jobs than their male counterparts for the first time in almost a decade, comprising 50.04% of the American labor force, women make up the largest portion of American jobs lost due to the pandemic and therefore their representation in labor force will decrease. This is a result of several factors, including societal expectations of women to take responsibility for changing family needs in a COVID-19 world. Policy that more directly addresses the gender pay gap is necessary to improve conditions for women in the US and abroad.

For more on this topic, you can read Maria's piece "The Regressive Effects of COVID-19" here.

Congratulations to all of our distinguished students and alumni who have worked tirelessly to publish research. Below you will find some of the pieces from our students and alumni. Make sure to check back frequently for new pieces!


More Research

  • Maria Alexandra D'agostino. 2021. "The Regressive Effects of COVID-19." Onero Institute. https://www.oneroinstitute.org/mariadagostinocovid19
  • Allison Suppan Helmuth. 2019.  "“Chocolate City, Rest in Peace”: White Space-Claiming and the Exclusion of Black People in Washington, DC."  City & Community 18:3 doi: 10.1111/cico.12428. 
  • Ivy Ken and Allison Suppan Helmuth. 2021.  “Not Additive, Not Defined: Mutual Constitution in Feminist Intersectional Studies.” Feminist Theory (online first). https://doi.org/10.1177/1464700120987393.
  • León, Kenneth S. and Daniel E. Martinez. 2016. To Study, to Party, or Both? Assessing Risk Factors for Non-Prescribed Stimulant Use Among Middle and High School Students. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 49(1): 22-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2016.1260187 2015 
  • León, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2015. Marijuana Legalization: Comparing Recent Ballot Initiatives. In J. Hill and N. Marion (eds.) Legalizing a crime: Marijuana policies across America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. (Book Chapter) 
  • León, Kenneth and Ronald Weitzer. 2014. Legalizing Marijuana: Comparing Ballot Outcomes in Four States. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology 2(2): 193-218. (https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/63482/)