Kody Steffy, PhD

Arbejdermuseet (Workers' Museum), Copenhagen

Kody Steffy is a sociologist and Director of Undergraduate Research in the Office of Engaged Learning at Indiana University. He has previously served as faculty at Michigan State University. Kody earned his PhD from Indiana University, and completed his undergraduate work at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.

Kody’s research investigates inequalities in the transition to adulthood. Most recently, he has written on the work and life aspirations of young adults who find themselves underemployed (here), challenging dominant understandings of post-college underemployment. This work has been featured by the Chicago Tribune (here), the London School of Economics (here), and the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial (here). 

Currently, he is turning his attention to inequalities in higher education, particularly in terms of access to engaged learning opportunities. In addition to studying this problem, Kody is actively working to expand such opportunities as founding director of IU Undergraduate Research (IUUR).

For more information about his published works or current projects, please see his CV or contact him directly at ksteffy@indiana.edu

Outside the academy, Kody has experience in the tech industry as a research manager for a DC-based data company, in documentary photography (see some of his work here), and in agricultural work during a stint as a "mushroom miner" (click here if you're curious).