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Department of Sociology at Lehman College

Naomi Spence

Naomi SpenceI came to Lehman College in 2009 following a postdoc at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I found a very comfortable home at Lehman where I enjoy working with the students and my colleagues. My experiences at Lehman and in the Bronx have shaped my research and teaching in important and interesting ways.

My research program is situated within the social demography of families and well-being. My work focuses on lesser studied groups and the implications of less common or devalued experiences relative to what is typical or expected at a given stage of the life course in the context of US society. And, my work is informed by social history, contemporary societal and political change and projections about demographic shifts, including the browning and aging of society and widening socioeconomic inequalities in the U.S. I am currently working on data collection and analysis for two mixed-methods projects--a study of Latina fertility with a focus on fertility-related attitudes and a study of postsecondary educational pursuits and successes among former foster youth (w/Susan Dumais).

The courses I have taught include: Fundamentals of Sociology (SOC166), Sociology of the Family (SOC227), Population and Society (SOC319), Immigration and Adaptation (SOC320), and Quantitative Analysis of Sociological Data (SOC345). I was also able to offer a one-semester authentic research in the classroom experience (supported by an award from the Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund) on Survey Research on Latina/o Families.

My office is in Carman Hall room B62, and the best way to get in touch with me is via email at