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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.


Allendorf, Keera, and Arland Thornton. 2019. "New Research on Developmental Idealism: Introduction to the Special Issue." Sociology of Development, 5(3): 225-228.

Allendorf, Keera, Arland Thornton, Colter Mitchell, and Linda Young-DeMarco. 2019. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues, 40(17): 2359-2388.

Allendorf, Keera. 2019. "Parents' Valuation of Approving a Child's Spouse in a Context of Marital Change." Journal of Family Issues. 40(15): 2097–2122.

Allendorf, Keera. 2017. "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(2): 337-355.

Allendorf, Keera, and Roshan K. Pandian. 2016. "The Decline of Arranged Marriage? Marital Change and Continuity in India." Population and Development Review, 42(3): 435-464.

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.

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