Portrait photo: Matthew Medeiros

Mahala Dyer Stewart is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on gender, race, and class within families, examining choices around parenting, schooling, and place of residence. Mahala’s dissertation compares the logics of white and black parents’ schooling choices. Other projects include an interview study examining interracial couples’ residential decisions, and research with childfree adults.

Mahala was awarded the 2016-2017 Center for Research on Families Dissertation Fellowship, as well as funding through the University of Massachusetts Graduate School. Her work appears in The Family Journal and Sociology Compass. 

Mahala is also the co-editor of the anthology, Gendered Lives, Sexual Beings, recently published with Sage Publications. The reader provides instructors with important classical and cutting-edge pieces for teaching gender and sexuality in the 21st century classroom, while the complementary website offers the most up-to-date media materials to supplement the readings.