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Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan

Jamie Budnick is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is broadly interested in how scientists construct knowledge about young women’s non-heterosexualities. Her research focuses on inclusion, measurement, and the implications of disconnecting pleasure and risk within demographic survey research on sexuality, and on how constructionist conceptions of sexuality are faring in the wake of the “born this way” episteme.

She completed her MA in sociology in 2013, and graduate certificates in LGBTQ Studies in 2014 and Science, Technology, & Society in 2016. She is an affiliate of the Population Studies Center at Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, where she has been a part of the Relationship Dynamics & Social Life (RDSL) study since 2007.


  • –present
    PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan


  • 2016
    “‘Straight Girls Kissing’?: Understanding Same-Gender Sexuality Beyond the Elite College Campus.”, Gender & Society

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    University of Michigan Population Studies Center Initiatives Fund
    Funding Source:
    National Institutes of Health (R24 HD041028)

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • Population Association of America
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality