Dr. Kobayashi is a social gerontologist who uses a life course perspective to
explore the intersection of social structural, historical, cultural, and individual
factors affecting the aging process. She believes that in order to develop a better
understanding of the nexus between micro- and macro-levels of analysis in sociological
theory, a mixed-method - qualitative and quantitative - approach to research is needed.
Her current research program focuses on the linkages between ethnicity, gender, class,
and health in mid-to later-life Canadians.
Primary Areas of Interest:
Ethnicity and Immigrant Status
Family Dynamics and Intergenerational Relationships
Health and Illness