Kristina Brant is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Harvard University and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.  She is broadly interested in understanding the causes and consequences of persistent concentrated poverty, particularly in rural communities.

Kristina’s current research focuses on the secondary effects of the opioid epidemic on families.  Her dissertation is an in-depth qualitative investigation of the impact of parental addiction on children, through the lens of kinship care.  Additional projects consider the devolution of welfare surveillance; rural heterogeneity and the spectrum of rurality; post-coal economic development; and rural rental housing markets.

For the past five years, Kristina has also been a part of the National UnDACAmented Research Project, a multi-site longitudinal study investigating the impact of DACA on undocumented young adults.  With co-authors Roberto Gonzales and Ben Roth, she is currently working on a book manuscript under contract with UC Press, exploring how the impact of DACA has been patterned by state and urbanicity.

Since 2016, Kristina has been conducting fieldwork in Central Appalachia, making her home in Eastern Kentucky.  When not researching, she skates with Somer City Roller Derby, acts with Flashback Theater Company, and occasionally moonlights as a beertender at her town's local watering hole, Jarfly Brewing.

Kristina also holds a BA in Sociology and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. 


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