Emma Vetter

Emma Vetter

Emma Vetter

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sociology: Social Networks; Digital Nomads; Social Media; Housing; Early Adulthood; Health Disparities

Emma Vetter is a sociology doctoral student and Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) in the Education & Health and Urban Research Hubs. She currently serves as the President of the Public Sociology Association (PSA) for graduate students. Her research interests include digital nomads and their connections to social networks, social media, housing, and early adulthood.

Emma earned her BA in Sociology and Communication Studies, with a minor in Family Studies, from Grove City College. After working as an event planner for two years in the Pittsburgh area, she moved to DC and completed an MA in Sociology Research & Practice at American University. While at AU, Emma was featured as a Grad Student Changemaker and researched social determinants of health for the Immigration Lab, focusing on homelessness, diabetes, and BMI. Her research on health disparities between housed, marginally housed, and homeless populations in El Paso, Texas was published in the Journal of Migration and Health in 2020.

Selected Publications

Castañeda, Ernesto, Blaine Smith, and Emma Vetter. 2020. “Hispanic health disparities and housing: Comparing measured and self-reported health metrics among housed and homeless Latin individuals.” Journal of Migration and Health. 1-2:1-8. 10.1016/j.jmh.2020.100008.

Education

PhD in Sociology, George Mason University (In Progress)

MA in Sociology Research & Practice, American University (2021)

BA in Sociology and Communication Studies, Grove City College (2017)

Recent Presentations

"Modern Hoboes: A Sociological Approach to the Increase in Van Life amongst Millennials." Roundtable Presentation and Table Presider. American Sociological Association. August 7, 2022. Los Angeles, CA. 

"Housing as Health Care: An Analysis of Homelessness in El Paso, Texas." Roundtable Presentation. American Sociological Association. With Sarah McCarthy and Deziree Jackson. August 9, 2021. Virtual.

In the Media

Housman, Patty. 2021. “Meet 10 Star Grad Student #Changemakers.” American University. (https://www.american.edu/cas/news/meet-10-star-grad-student-changemakers.cfm).