Monica Gaughan

Monica Gaughan

I grew up in Connecticut, raised by a father who was a college textbook editor and a mother who made more money cleaning houses than she could in any other pink collar job.  I went to the New College of Florida where I earned a BA (1989) in Political Science; my honors thesis was on whistleblowing about organizational wrongdoing. After working for a couple of years at a community mental health clinic, I earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University (1992); one of my criteria in choosing the program was that I would not have to write another thesis.

After working a couple of more years as a Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Health and Human Services, I  earned a MA (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  My master’s thesis examined determinants of American women’s marital timing, and my dissertation demonstrated gender differences in peer effects on adolescent binge drinking.   I have held academic appointments at Oglethorpe University (1999-2001), Georgia Institute of Technology (2002-2006), and the University of Georgia (2006-2013).  I love to travel near and far, have too many pets, and consider no day complete without reading fiction.

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