Emily Fox

Department of Sociology
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow 

Emily Fox is a PhD student in the department of Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Her research considers how gender (particularly masculinities), ethnoracial identity, socioeconomic class, and sexuality shape friendship experiences. Most recently, she used nationally representative data to show that young adults' reported closeness to their best friend is not only stratified by gender, but also ethnoracial identity. In another on-going project, she employs an original online survey and virtual interviews to explore how undergraduate students understand, experience, and rely on their friendships in the context of COVID-19. Moving forward, she plans to qualitatively investigate how men create, maintain, understand, and benefit from their friendships with each other, paying particular attention to the intersecting roles of race, class, and sexuality.