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Portrait: Teresa Swartz

Teresa T Swartz

Sociology Department 933 Soc Sci Bldg 267 19th Av S

Department Affiliations


  • Families
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Social Inequality
  • Asian American Studies
  • Gender
  • Welfare State
  • Youth and Young Adulthood

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of California, San Diego, CA, 2001.


Research Activities

  • Growing Up But Not Apart: Young Adults’ Relationships with Their Parents. This study focuses on the changing transition to adulthood and its effects on intergenerational relationships among families from diverse backgrounds.: This project uses interviews with 489 young adults from around the country to explore the material and other supports that young adults receive from and provide to their parents
  • Hmong Youth and Young Adult Acculturation and Ethnic Identity: This project explores how young adult children of Hmong refugees have understood their ethnic identities and cultural heritage over the course of growing up in St. Paul, MN
  • Second Generation Asian Heritage Parenting: This study examines second generation Asian American parenting perspectives and practices
  • Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS): This study investigates extracurricular activities of diverse children and youth, parent and youth motivations for participation, and their effects for kids and families

Professional Activities

  • Asian American Studies Core Faculty, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

  • Soc 1001 - Introduction of Sociology
  • Soc 1011V : Honors: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 1905 - FSEM: Not Just Child's Play
  • AAS 3251W/Soc 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender
  • Soc 3503/Soc 3503H/AAS 3503 - Asian American Identities, Families and Communities
  • Soc 4511 - Sociology of Youth: Transition to Adulthood
  • Soc 8001 - Sociology as a Profession
  • Soc 8011 - Sociology of Higher Education
  • Soc 8501 - Sociology of Family
  • Soc 8090 - Advanced Methods: Interviewing
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