Melika Khakbazan

Entry Cohort: Fall 2024 | she/her/hers


M.A. Sociology, Wichita State University, 2024

E.M.B.A., Allameh Tabataba’i University (Tehran, Iran), 2018

B.Eng., Computer Engineering



Sociology of work, Gender, Sexuality, Immigration, Inequality


For my M.A. sociology thesis, I used a quantitative analysis to study negative workplace experiences of LGBTQ+ employees in the United States. Using data from the 2016-2018 Trans-Pop survey, a U.S. transgender health survey, the analysis compares occurrences of workplace experiences of LGBTQ+ employees with their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. This study analyses the associations between employees’ gender identity and sexual orientation with experiencing job termination, receiving negative evaluations, and having trouble with their supervisors and colleagues. My research interests lie in work & labor, gender, sexuality, and immigration.

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