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Teresa Swartz

Teresa Swartz

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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; Foster Care and Welfare State; Transitions to Adulthood; and Carework.

Current Research

Growing Up But Not Apart: Young Adults’ Relationships with Their Parents. This study focuses on the changing transition to adulthood and what this has meant for intergenerational relationships among families from diverse racial, ethnic and social class backgrounds.

Segmented Assimilation in Cultural Cross Generational Perspective: The Incorporation Experience of Hmong Young Adults and their Parents
(with Douglas Hartmann and Pao Lee). This project explores how young adult Hmong children of immigrants have understood and experienced their ethnic identities and cultural heritage over the course of growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Attention is focused on how ethnic identity formation is mediated through intergenerational family relationships, aspirations for social mobility, and experiences with racial discrimination.

Selected Publications

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 the Contemporary United States.” 2009. Annual Review of Sociology 35:191-212.

Book Cover: Parenting for the State

Welfare and Citizenship: The Effects of Governmental Assistance on Young Adults’ Civic Participation.” 2009. The Sociological Quarterly 50:633-665.

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.