Diefendorf's research interests include how and why religious groups shift their beliefs on issues related to gender and sexuality. She is a sociologist who studies conservative sexual politics. As a postdoctoral fellow, Diefendorf looks forward to working with LDS religious leaders and groups, policymakers, public health officials, and community organizers on the mechanisms related to Utah's alarming rate of youth suicide.
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Underscores the potential fallacy in using cross-sectional data to illustrate changes in gender relations, and demonstrates the importance of using life course perspectives when theorizing masculinities.