Dr. Upton is a technical consultant at PQC, Inc., lending her expertise in public policy research and analysis. Principal areas of focus include social network analysis and entrepreneurship among women-owned and women-led businesses. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at DePauw University and the author of numerous articles and manuscripts on gender dynamics and social networks in cross-cultural contexts. Dr. Upton has held the Edward Myers Dolan endowed chair in Sociology & Anthropology, and her research on gender, work and family in both sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Great Lakes College Association and the J. William Fulbright Foundation.
Dr. Upton has published widely in academic journals such as Gender & Development, Gender & Society, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography as well as appearing on NPR and more popular media in the U.S. to talk about her research on contemporary working families. Prior to joining the DePauw University faculty; Dr. Upton was a research fellow at ICPSR/ISR at the University of Michigan and has worked extensively with social network measurement and qualitative and quantitative data analyses. She received her A.M. and Ph.D. in Anthropology with an emphasis on mixed methodologies in Anthropology and Demography/Population Studies from Brown University and holds an M.P.H. from Emory University.