University of Minnesota
Department of Sociology

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Teresa Swartz

Teresa Swartz

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2001 University of California San Diego
Room 933 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-626-1862

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Families; Intergenerational Relations; Social Inequality; Asian American Studies; Gender; Welfare State; Children, Youth and Young Adulthood.

Current Research

Growing Up But Not Apart: Young Adults’ Relationships with Their Parents.  This study focuses on the changing transition to adulthood and its effects on intergenerational relationships among families from diverse backgrounds.

Hmong Youth and Young Adult Acculturation and Ethnic Identity (with Doug Hartmann and Pao Lee). This project explores how young adult children of Hmong refugees have understood their ethnic identities and cultural heritage over the course of growing up in St. Paul, MN.

Second Generation Asian Heritage Parenting (with Richard Lee). This study examines second generation Asian American parenting perspectives and practices.

Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS) (with Ann Meier, Doug Hartmann, and Toben Nelson). This study investigates extracurricular activities of diverse children and youth, parent and youth motivations for participation, and their effects for kids and families.

Selected Publications

Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate their Live. Forthcoming. (with Hartmann and Rumbaut). Brill.

Safety Nets and Scaffolds: Parental Support in the Transition to Adulthood.” 2011. Journal of Marriage and Family 73: 414-429.

Intergenerational Family Relations in Adulthood: Patterns, Variations, and Implications in Book Cover: Parenting for the Statethe Contemporary United States.” 2009. Annual Review of Sociology 35:191-212.

Family Capital and the Invisible Transfer of Privilege: Intergenerational Support and Social Class in Early Adulthood.” 2008. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 119:11-24.

Parenting for the State: An Ethnographic Analysis of Non-Profit Foster Care. 2005. New York: Routledge.