• Kristen W. Springer
  • Kristen W. Springer
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • Office: Davison Hall, 040
  • Curriculum Vitae

    Kristen W. Springer is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006; MA, Yale University, 2000; MPH, Emory University, 1997; BS, University of California at Santa Cruz).

    Professor Springer’s scholarship focuses broadly on gender and health, prioritizing the intersection of social and biological influences. Her current research explores how the anti-transgender legislative climate harms health access for transgender youth, with a particular focus on how youth of color are affected. Other recent areas of research include: 1) experimental studies of biosocial reactions to masculinity threats; 2) conceptual and methodological interventions for how to best research gender and health using biosocial and intersectional frameworks; and 3) quantitative analyses on masculinity ideals, socioeconomic status, marriage, and men’s health. She has published in journals including American Journal of SociologyAmerican Journal of Public HealthGender & Society, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, and Social Science Research. Professor Springer’s research has also been featured in national and international news sources including ABC News, LA Times, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She teaches classes on research methods, family, gender, and biosociology.

  • Faculty Article(s):
  • Beyond a catalogue of differences: A theoretical frame and good practice guidelines for researching sex/gender in human health
  • Program Areas:
  • Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment
  • Health, Population, and Biomedicine