Keera Allendorf

Keera Allendorf

Keera Allendorf is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. Her research interests fall in the intersections of demography, gender, and family in South Asia. Much of her work has explored the determinants and consequences of women's agency. Currently, she is focusing on family relations, household structure, and family formation, including examining how these structures are changing over time and their links to well-being.

Articles & Chapters

Allendorf, Keera, and Arland Thornton. 2015. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology, 121(1): 243-287.

Allendorf, Keera. 2013. "Schemas of Marital Change: From Arranged Marriages to Eloping for Love." Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(2): 453–469.

Recent Pub

Allendor & Thornton. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius & Swindle. Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of World Development Programs. Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Serap Kavas. 'Wardrobe Modernity': Western Attire as a Tool of Modernization in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies.

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan