Jamie Budnick

Professional Title

Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Social Research


Institute for Social Research
Population Studies Center


Jamie is a sociologist specializing in gender, sexuality, and feminist STS. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2020. She is currently working as an NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities. Jamie's work has focused on non-heterosexual identities, reproductive health, sexual violence, and the social construction of sexuality knowledge. She is broadly interested in the demography of sexuality and the politics of population measurement.

Jamie's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. She has consulted on qualitative interviewing methods for public health scholars engaged in mixed-methods research, and has used her research in state-level legislative advocacy. She has completed pedagogical training and teaching certification, and has taught courses in sociology, women’s studies, and psychology focusing on research methodologies, gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives on science.

Jamie's work has been published in Gender & Society, Contexts, Demography, and the American Sociological Review.

Research Interests

mixed methods
qualitative research
feminist science studies