Teja Pristavec

PhD candidate, Rutgers University


Curriculum vitae






I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where I also obtained my master’s degree in 2014. Prior to coming to Rutgers, I completed my bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and received a Solemn Plaque for Exceptional Study Achievements award for my studies.

My interests include inequality, the life course, family, health and illness, transportation, food, and quantitative methods. My dissertation, titled Three Essays on the Caregiving Experience: Informal Caregivers’ Perception of Burden and Benefits, the Importance of Coping Resources, and How Caregiver Experience Matters for Care Recipients, examines caregivers’ experience of caregiving to US older adults.

I was previously an Institute of Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Excellence Fellow, and I am currently a Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund Zois Fellow. I also won financial support for my studies through the Rutgers Sociology Department Small Grants Program, the Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick Special Study Award competition, and the Rutgers Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund.

I’ve been an undergraduate teaching assistant for Introduction to Social Research, Development of Sociological Theory, and Contemporary Sociological Theory. In 2016/17, I will be a graduate teaching and lab assistant for Statistical Methods in Sociology I and II. I obtained Rutgers’ Teaching Assistant Project Teaching with Technology Certificate.

I was a selected and funded participant at Purdue University Center for Global Food Security’s Summer Institute on Global Food Security in 2015. In 2016, I was a selected and funded participant at Columbia University Population Research Center’s Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop, and at the RAND Summer Institute Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging workshop. I was also the recipient of ICPSR’s Clifford C. Clogg scholarship to attend a four-week training at its summer program in advanced quantitative methods of social research.

At Rutgers, I helped organize the Global Climate Change and Inequality symposium, the Hazards in Context symposium, the Environmental Health Justice symposium, and the Public Engagement Project.

I maintain a food sociology Twitter account. My broad audience food writings appear in Contexts Magazine, EverydaySociology Blog, Jezebel, The Pacific Standard, and Sociological Images.

I enjoy learning code, sprouting and watching plants grow, flying, all sorts of physical activity, and good green tea.