Fertility and reproductive health
Adolescence and young adulthood
Work and family life
Sociology of Families and Households
Sociology of Sexuality
Education and Recent Professional Experience
Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Florida State University (1994-present)
Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991-1994)
Ph.D. in Sociology with specialization in Social Demography, University of Washington, 1991
Brewster, Karin L. and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2012. "Sexual Orientation and Substance Use among Adolescents and Young Adults." American Journal of Public Health 102(6):1168- 1176.
McCabe, Janice, Karin L. Brewster, and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2011. "Sexual Orientation, Sexual Attraction, and Patterns of Same-Sex Behavior during Young Adulthood." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: 43(3): 142-150.
Spence, Naomi J. and Karin L. Brewster. 2010. "Adolescents' Sexual Initiation: The Interaction of Race/Ethnicity and Immigrant Status." Population Research and Policy Review 29(3): 339-362.
Brewster, Karin L. and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2008. "Who's Doing It? Patterns and Predictors of Youths' Oral Sexual Experiences." Journal of Adolescent Health 42(1):73-80.
Radey, Melissa and Karin L. Brewster. 2007. "The Influence of Race/Ethnicity on Disadvantaged Mothers' Child Care Arrangements." Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 22(3):379-393.
National Institutes of Health (NICHD). "Federal Policies and Child Care Arrangements among the Poor." 7/03 - 6/05 (R03) $100,000 (Direct Costs) PI, with Irene Padavic.
National Science Foundation and the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. "The Changing Determinants of Child Care in the United States: 1977-1994." 5/99-8/99 $4,300 (Direct Costs). PI.