Grad Students

Liz Kofman

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Liz is currently a sociologist at Unitive, a software startup that uses scalable technology and big data to help companies limit unconscious bias in hiring. 

Dissertation: "The Hidden Social Costs of Precarious Employment: Homeleaving, Marriage Timing, and Political Participation” examines the impact of contemporary changes toward flexible employment on young adults in the United States. More broadly, my research focuses on the sociology of work, including the impact of employment on inequality and social mobility patterns, the intersection of work and family, and innovations in workplace diversity. 

Fields of Study

Sociology of Work, Gender, Race, Social Inequality and Mobility, Quantitative Methods


"The Politics of Precarity: Views Beyond the U.S.” (with Ching Kwan Lee), Work & Occupations, November 2012. 

"Time Use of U.S. Immigrant and Native Born Youth” (with Suzanne Bianchi), Monthly Labor Review, June 2012.

Grants and Awards

2014 - 2015 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship  
2014 - 2015 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention 
2013 - 2014 UCLA Department of Sociology Research Fellowship
2012 UCLA Department of Sociology, Summer Research Grant

2012 Center for European and Eurasian Studies European Studies Grant 

2011 - 2012 National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD) Training Program (T32) at the California Center for Population Research 

2010 UCLA Institute of Research on Labor & Employment (IRLE) Small Grant 
2010 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship 
2009 - 2013 UCLA Department of Sociology Full Graduate Fellowship and Tuition 
2009 Soros Fellowship for New Americans, Finalist 
2009 - 2014 UCLA Department of Sociology Travel Grant 
2009 - 2014 California Center for Population Research (UCLA) Travel Grant 

Conference Presentations

2014 Kofman, Yelizavetta. “Hidden Social Costs of Changes in Employment: Marriage Formation in a Period of Rising Precarity,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 16-19.

2014 Kofman, Yelizavetta. “Can Men Have it All? Results From the American Time Use Survey on Male Employment and Time with Family,” Work and Family Research Network Conference, June 19-21.

2014 Kofman, Yelizavetta. “Life on a Tightrope: Suspending Adulthood in a Free Agent Nation,” UCLA Dissertation Launchpad Public Showcase, March 13.

2013 Kofman, Yelizavetta. “The Effects of Precarious Employment on First Marriage During Young Adulthood,” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 9-11.

2012 Raley, Sara, Suzanne Bianchi, and Yelizavetta Kofman. “Time that Matters: Cohabitating and Married Individuals’ Investment in Family Relationships,” Work and Family Research Network, June 14-16.

2012 Kofman, Yelizavetta. The Effects of Precarious Employment on the Transition to Adulthood: Preliminary Findings from the NLSY97,” UCLA Sociology Family Working Group, May 13.

2012 Kofman, Yelizavetta and Suzanne Bianchi. “The Time use of Immigrant Teens: Implications for Assimilation,” with Suzanne Bianchi, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, May 3-5.

2010 Kofman, Yelizavetta and Suzanne Bianchi. “The Time Use of Immigrant and Native-born Teenagers in the United States," with Suzanne Bianchi, International Association of Time Use Research Conference, July 7-10.

2008 Kofman, Yelizavetta and Margaret K. Nelson. “Universal Preschool Access Meets My Baby: Negotiating and Preserving Middle Class Privilege,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 1-4.


Jennie Brand 

Chris Tilly

Robert Mare

Sanford Jacoby 


PhD, UCLA Sociology, 2014

M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2011

B.A. Sociology and Political Science, Middlebury College, 2007