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Zachary D. Palmer

Zachary D. Palmer

Zachary D. Palmer is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Purdue. His research interests are race, class, and gender, with a focus on gender and masculinities. His dissertation research examines the community of adult fans of My Little Pony, with a specific focus on how men reinforce their power within this community and the impact this has on gender relations. His other work has touched on men’s rights movements in the U.S. and India and the experience of transgender people in India. He has presented work related to these projects at the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, North Central Sociological Association, and Midwest Sociological Society. As a graduate assistant in the Butler Center, he is working with Dr. Subramaniam on projects related to race, gender, and university climate for faculty. Specifically, he is the graduate assistant on a project to develop valid and reliable measures of university climate with the purpose of examining faculty satisfaction. His work for this project has included the development of a pilot survey of measures of climate and reliability and factor analyses of these measures. The other major Butler Center project he has worked on is related to recognition of associate professors within the academy. This has involved focus groups and interviews with associates as well as qualitative coding of these data to identify major themes. He and Dr. Subramaniam have papers in progress based on both of these projects.