Jason Budge

Jason Budge
Graduate Student


LGBTQ+ Inequalities, Health Equity and Policy, Survey Research Methods, Gender, Education, Science and Technology


B.A., UC Berkeley


My dissertation research is focused on sexual and gender minority health disparities. Specifically, I am researching how structural stigma influences transgender health outcomes and how access to a robust gender minority community can moderate the negative effects of prejudice and stigma. I am also interested in health policy, and I am currently working a paper that studies the effect of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion on HIV/AIDS rates across states. In past research I have examined the social determinants of prejudice and tolerance toward gay men and women. 
I am also involved in a collaborative paper studying US public attitudes toward the science and technology innovation system. This work stems from a larger project focused on risk and benefit perceptions of synthetic biology, an emerging technology. In other collaborative work, I have studied differences across gender and ethnicity in STEM aspirations in Israel.


Introduction to Sociology  (Fall 2019)
Quantitative Methods of Research  (Winter 2020, Spring 2022)
Qualitative Methods of Research   (Spring 2020)