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Diana Pehlic Samardzic

Diana Pehlic Samardzic

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Diana joined the Justice Center in October 2014 as a Research Assistant. Her exclusive role is the evaluation of Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute (PACSETI), a major project of Penn State's Justice and Safety Institute (JASI), which is a partner of the Center. Diana earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica, NY and her Master's degree in Sociology from SUNY University at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo. Her dissertation investigates the employment representation of immigrants and other racial and ethnic groups within occupations net of major supply- and demand-side explanations in the literature on occupational segregation. As a graduate student at SUNY Buffalo, Diana presented her past research at the 2012 Eastern Sociological Society meeting, and taught Social Research Methods at the undergraduate level. Her research interests include quantitative methods, immigration and the labor market, program evaluation, and gender and racial inequality.