Jane Zavisca is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor in the School of Sociology.
As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Zavisca's chief goal is to foster an environment in which research and scholarship can thrive. She directs research development initiatives in SBS, in cooperation with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) and UA's Research Development Services (RDS). She advises on college priorities and policies in relation to research, and is also the primary point of contact for research ethics and compliance issues in SBS. She works with units across the university to connect SBS researchers with scholarly, governmental, and public communities. Dr. Zavisca is available to consult with faculty on developing their research agendas, identifying and applying for resources to support their research, building research collaborations, and navigating UA's research infrastructure. Dr. Zavisca is also responsible for graduate affairs in SBS, and is directing initiatives to study and improve graduate program recruitment, program quality, and placement outcomes.
Dr. Zavisca's primary scholarly expertise as a sociologist is in the areas of housing, property rights, stratification, and politics in the post-Soviet region. She also studies cultural understandings of mortgages in the United States. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, and UA's Confluencenter. She has broad training and experience in quantitative, qualitative, and historical/archival research methods. Courses she has taught include research design, statistics, survey design, the social meaning of money, and the sociology of culture, as well as graduate professionalization seminars on research presentations and job placement strategies.
Dr. Zavisca has an MA in Statistics from Columbia University, a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute of the National Institute for Statistical Sciences. She joined the University of Arizona Sociology faculty in 2005, and served as Sociology's Director of Graduate Studies from 2013-2016.