Aimzhan (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota. Her dissertation examines employment discrimination against custodial single fathers in the US using a mixed-method approach: a survey experiment with hiring managers and in-depth interviews with single fathers in the Midwest. More broadly, Aimzhan is interested in work-family reconciliation, unpaid care work, and how the "ideal worker" norm affects caregivers' experiences in the labor market.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • MA: Sociology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2019 -
  • MSc: Gender (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013 -
  • BSc: International Law, Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, 2012 -
  • BSc: Politics with Economics, University of Bath, 2010 -


  • Gender, care work, labor market, parenthood