Ph.D., Northeastern University
Dr. Marta Rodríguez-Galán received her bachelor's degree in licensure studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain; her master's degree in Hispanic studies at the University of Rhode Island, and her doctoral degree in sociology at Northeastern University. Her dissertation project was awarded the Farnsworth Trust Fellowship in Aging Policy Research (2006-2007).
For the past few years, she has been conducting research in the areas of aging, health, social engagement, and family, with a particular focus on Hispanic/Latino/a communities in the United States.
In her current research project on Latina grandmothers who are raising grandchildren, Rodríguez-Galán explores the interconnections of gender, immigration and the life course, and how these shape the women's interpretations of the mother/grandmother role. Her work has been published in journal articles and book chapters in the field of social gerontology. Some of her other areas of scholarship include the sociology of education, social inequalities, women and war, and Hispanic cultural studies.
Rodríguez-Galán has taught and continues to teach a variety of courses, including: sociology of aging; sociology of health; Latino health care issues; sociology of the family; social theory; social deviance, gender, human services; race, class and gender; and research methods.