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Yvette is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Utah studying comparative international sociology. She also teaches undergraduate Sociology courses at the University of Utah and Weber State University. Her research interests span international development, social capital, and refugee resettlement. Yvette's 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, which looks at the factors affecting refugee employment in Salt Lake. She is interested in 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.


Research Interests

Refugee Resettlement, Immigrant Integration, Human Rights, Gender and Development, Social Capital, Globalization

To learn more about specific research projects go to the Research page.



I teach the following courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Gender in 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.


Curriculum Vitae

To download a copy of my CV click here.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:

University of Utah
Department of Sociology
380 S 1530 E Rm 301
Salt Lake City, UT 84112



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