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Tonya Lindsey


Dr. Tonya D. Lindsey is a full-time researcher with the State of California and a lecturer at California State University, Chico in the Department of Sociology. She did her graduate work at UC Santa Barbara where she studied media ownership, globalization, culture, and later race in California prisons for men for her dissertation. Her work in California prisons won an award from the Justice Research and Statistics Association, she has published refereed papers about prisons and media, and her work in team ethnography, among other topics, has been presented at numerous local and national conferences.

Her current publications are about California policy areas such as aging and long-term care, LGBT Veterans, and the Gender Pay Gap among many others.

Her research led her to develop expertise across social science methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses using focus groups, interviews, participant observation, thematic analysis, statistics, and social network analysis. She has carried out mixed-methods, large-scale research projects, taught qualitative research methods, and currently teaches statistics for social science and research methods. She works with Scholar Strategy Network to connect university researchers to government decision-makers and their staff.

Born and raised in California, Tonya earned a B.A. in sociology from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, where she was the Jean Kenneth Pitzer Scholar in 2000, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from UC Santa Barbara. She is the mother of one child.