Welcome! I am a sociologist studying inequalities, young adulthood, intimacy, and identity. In August 2019, I am joining the University of Utah in a postdoctoral fellow role. 

My research, which broadly focuses on inequalities, intimacy, and sexual health, has been published in outlets such as Gender & Society, SexualitiesSociological Perspectives, Culture, Health & Sexuality, and other peer-reviewed journals. My current book project looks at the intimacy stories of young adults aged 22-32 and explores how young adults navigate social differences and identities in their intimate relationship experiences. 

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Feel free to explore this site and do not hesitate to contact me at: cdaless01@gmail.com if you are interested in my work or potential collaborations.

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Cristen’s previous research has been concerned with college students’ negotiations of religious identity, intimacy and relationship inequality, and sexual health. She has also published on women’s college students’ negotiation of gender identity, the role of technology in young adults’ intimacy narratives, and research participant recruiting. Her research interests include inequalities, young adults and the life course, family, sexual health, identity negotiation, and education.

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Cristen has experience teaching sociology and gender studies courses in both research university and liberal arts contexts. In 2017, she received the Graduate Part-Time Instructor of the Year Award from the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Cristen also holds the Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado, which is earned through participation in graduate teaching workshops and teaching consultation sessions. Examples of classes previously taught by Cristen include: Social Problems, Suffering and Care, Gender & Sexuality, Families, Public Sociology, and Qualitative Research Methods