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Aran Garnett-Deakin

Aran Garnett-Deakin

Elayna Seago
Aran Garnett-Deakin, MS to Ph.D. Student in Family Studies

Department of  Human Development and Family Science

Aran (She/Her) is a third year MS/PhD student in Family Science. She studies fathering identity and is currently focusing on Appalachian fathering identity from a critical feminist perspective. Broadly, she is interested in relational and interactive identity, gender, and how individuals interact with other individuals, small groups, and communities to create meaning in their lives. Her major advisor is Caroline Sanner.


  • Identity
  • Critical Masculinity
  • Gender
  • Fathering
  • Communication

B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2021


  • Recipient, Garnett-Deakin, A. (Principle Investigator) & Sanner, C. S. (2022-2023). Fathering in the “other America”: A qualitative analysis of fathering in rural Appalachia. [Grant]. Graduate Research and Development Award.
  • NCFR Honors Student Recognition Program, Spring 2020
  • HDFS Outstanding Undergraduate Award, University of North Carolina- Greensboro. Spring 2020

Rice, T. M., & Garnett-Deakin, A., (In press), History and cohort effects in romantic relationships. Ogolsky, B. (Ed.) The Sociocultural Context of Romantic Relationships. Cambridge University Press.