Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Stanford University
Menlo Park, CA
“While many have begun the hard work of talking about age difference and age inequality, the cultural conversations have not yet really taken hold in mainstream public thought.”
Sasha Shen Johfre is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Stanford University and the Eisner Foundation Fellow in Intergenerational Relationships at the Stanford Center on Longevity. In her research, she investigates the way people understand each other through categories, exploring why we put people into buckets like woman, man, Black, White, old, and young, and how we act differently depending on where we place somebody. Her work focuses specifically on how people perceive and make sense of another person’s age and why it matters for social justice.
Before beginning her research career as a graduate student, Sasha worked as a staff researcher at the Stanford Center on Longevity. She earned an undergraduate degree in evolutionary biology, engineering and feminist studies at Harvard University. She has also worked as a graphic designer and independent visual artist.