Izzy Pellegrine began working at the Social Science Research Center as an undergraduate research assistant in 2008 with the Family and Children’s Research Unit under the direction of Linda Southward. After completing her bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and in Social Work, Izzy joined the Survey Research laboratory team in 2012 as a graduate research assistant. Following the completion of her MS in Sociology, Izzy has stayed on at the SSRC moving into the position of Research Associate and then Project Manager and sharing time between the Survey Research Laboratory and the Family and Children’s Research Unit. Izzy’s SRL work primarily includes assisting in instrument design and programming surveys for SRL data collection platforms. With the FCRU, Izzy works on multiple projects including the HRSA Child Health grant. This year, Izzy was named co-primary investigator, along with SSRC Fellow Ben Walker, on a program evaluation grant from the Woodward Hines Educational Foundation to evaluate their Get2College pilot schools programming. Izzy is also pursuing a PhD in Sociology and is ABD in the Department of Sociology at MSU. Her work in the department focuses on critical race and sexuality studies with an emphasis on sexuality education. Through the department, Izzy was also named a primary investigator – along with co-PI’s Melanie Walsh and Amanda Gochanour – on a statewide Needs Assessment of LGBTQ populations in Mississippi, which is the first statewide academic study in Mississippi to focus on this marginalized group. Moving forward, Izzy is developing an ethnographic study of sex education for her dissertation work and looks forward to beginning field work in the coming year.

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