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Yvette is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Vietnam Health and Aging Study at the Univeristiy of Utah. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Utah in 2018. Her dissertation, entitled "‘Making Do’ in the Land of Opportunity: An Exploration of the Economic Integration of Refugees in Utah," investigated the factors affecting refugee employment after resettlement in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yvette's research interests bridge migration, the consequences of war, social capital, gender, and development. Her interest in international development was sparked by her travels to Thailand and India, where she saw the realities of global poverty first hand. Inspired by this international experience, she began researching gender and development. In 2011 she traveled to Uganda to participate in a Global Health travel program to Uganda co-sponsored by the University of Utah and the Interethnic Health Alliance. While in Uganda she conducted needs assessments in four rural communities and participated in several service projects. Yvette's interest in refugee resettlement stems from her volunteer experience with refugee agencies in the Salt Lake metropolitan area. Her experiences volunteering with refugees ultimately motivated her dissertation research. She is driven to conduct research that has both practical and academic implications.

In her spare time Yvette engages in one of her many hobbies, including rock climbing, international travel, camping, hiking, photography, fire-spinning, ceramic arts, cooking, and, most recently, skate skiing. She has been told that her real hobby is collecting hobbies. You can find images of some of these activities on the Photos page.

Curriculum Vitae: CV 2020

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Research Areas

I conduct research in the following areas. To learn more about specific research projects go to the Research page.

  • Refugee resettlement
  • Immigrant integration
  • Attitudes toward immigrants
  • Consequences of war
  • Human rights
  • Gender and development
  • Social Capital
  • Social Welfare



I use the following methodological tools in my research.

Quantitative Methods

  • Multilevel Mixed Methods (Linear, Poisson, Logistic, and Multinomial)
  • Event History Analysis
  • Instrumental Variable Models
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Factor Analysis and Scale Development
  • Mediation Analysis
  • Spatial Methods
  • Network Analysis

Qualitative Methods

  • Survey methods (open- and closed-ended)
  • Focus groups
  • In-depth interviews
  • Textual Analysis



  • Stata
  • R
  • SPSS


  • NVivo
  • Kirq (Qualitative Comparative Analysis)


  • Qualtrics
  • ArcGIS



  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Gender in Society
  • Data and Society
  • Social Statistics
  • Power, Inequality, and Globalization
  • Global Social Structure
  • Population and Society

To learn more about the courses I teach and the methods I use go to the Teaching page.



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