Yasmin Mertehikian

Yasmin Mertehikian

2018 Cohort

McNeil 374


Yasmin Mertehikian is a joint Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in gender, work, social stratification, fertility, and reproductive health. She combines large-scale survey data with qualitative data to understand how economic crises affect labor market inequalities from an intersectional approach. Most of her research focuses on gender disparities in labor market outcomes in developing countries after the COVID-19 pandemic. Yasmin’s dissertation explores gender differences in the short- and longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status in Argentina, paying attention to differences between public and private sectors as well as the specific case of domestic workers. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Yasmin also conducted research on reproductive health, gender, and sexuality in Argentina. Her research has been published in journals in the US and Latin America, such as Socius and Revista Brasileira de Estudos de População. Yasmin’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and the National Scientific Council of Argentina, as well as the School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration, and the Population Studies Center at Penn.


Yasmin graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires with a B.A. in Sociology and later pursued an MA in Social Sciences at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, both in Argentina. At Penn, Yasmin earned an MA in Sociology.


M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2020

M.A., Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento-Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, 2018

B.A., Sociology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2014

Research Interests

Gender; Work; Labor Market; Domestic Work; Inequality; Social and Racial Stratification; Intersectionality; Social Demography; Developing Countries; Quantitative Research Methods; Qualitative Research Methods.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant:

INTS 750 State, Society, & Science: Great Transformations & Responsible Impact. Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Spring 2022 and Spring 2023.

INTS 732 Regional Analysis: Politics, Markets, and States. Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Summer 2022.

SOCI 001 Introduction to Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Spring 2021.

SOCI 120 Social Statistics, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Spring and Fall 2020.

SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociological Research, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Fall 2019.

Selected Publications

- Parrado, Emilio A. and Mertehikian, Yasmin A. (2023). “From global to regional? New realities of international migration to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Commentary on “Buenos Aires. From Successful City/Nation-Building to Fragmented Amalgamation. The Shifting Role of Immigrants” by Marcelo Cavarozzi.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Special Issue: Urbanization and Migration in Three Continents, Issue 46.11. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2023.2184210

- Mertehikian, Yasmin A. and Gonalons-Pons, Pilar (2022). “Work and Family Disadvantage: Determinants of Gender Gaps in Paid Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Socius, Volume 8. https://doi.org/10.1177/23780231221117649

- Mertehikian, Yasmin A. (2022). “Argentina’s Fertility Regime (1980-2010): “The End of the First Demographic Transition or an Emergent Second One?” REBEP - Revista Brasileira de Estudos de População, 39, 1-29. https://doi.org/10.20947/S0102-3098a0201

- Mertehikian, Yasmin A. (2020). “¿La salud sexual y reproductiva es cosa de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales? Experiencias de jóvenes de sectores medios en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires” (“Is sexual and reproductive health a thing of lesbian and bisexual women? Experiences of young people from middle sectors in the City of Buenos Aires.”) In Gregorio Gil, Carmen; Alcázar Campos, Ana and Valcuende Del Río, José María (Eds.). Nuevas cartografías de la sexualidad. (New cartographies of sexuality.) P. 453-466. Granada: Editorial Universidad de Granada, Colección Feminae.


American Sociological Association

Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

Gender, Economy, Poverty, and Health working group at the Latin American Interdisciplinary Gender Network (LAIGN) (Yale University)

Latin American Studies Association

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Population Association of America

Red Iberoamericana de Investigación del Laboratorio para el Estudio Sociohistórico de las Sexualidades (LIEES)

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