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Carolyn Swen

Carolyn Swen


Biography

Carolyn is a fifth-year Human Development and Social Policy PhD student in SESP. She studies adult career narratives, sociology of career, and the stories people tell about commitment to work. Carolyn is motivated by an interest in how context shapes personal narrative, and also how personal narratives relate to positive adaptations in life, like psychological well-being. Carolyn is currently conducting studies of the career narrative identities of two groups: (1) long-term public educators and (2) stage and screen actors. Prior to coming to SESP, Carolyn worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services, evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of public health programs. Carolyn has a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and spent over a year in East Africa working in the fields of public health and refugee relief services.

Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2009 MA, International Relations University of Chicago
2009 MA, Public Policy University of Chicago
BA, Politics Princeton University

Research Interests

I am interested in how culture and context influence peoples’ narrative identity. I am also interested in how certain constructs present in narrative identities may predict other aspects of peoples’ lives. I am currently researching principals’ on-the-job sense-making and professional identity, and how principals' sense-making stories evolve over time. I am also conducting a study of stage and screen actors' career identity.


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