Founding Members

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Rachel Clemo (née Harley)

Rachel Clemo initiated the creation of the Sibling Studies Network, as a result of the rich conversations that were sparked during the 2022 Sibling Studies Colloquium. For more information about this event, click here. 

Rachel is an AHRC-WRoCAH-funded doctoral candidate at the Centre of Medieval Studies, University of York. Her research seeks to uncover the nature of sibling relationships in the later Middle Ages. Her project's recognition that sibling dynamics are shaped by gender and social standing will also generate insights beneficial to present-day understandings of familial support networks, particularly in the criminal justice system. 

To read Rachel's university profile, click here. 

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Katherine Davies

Katherine Davies (PhD, Manchester University, 2011) is senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Katherine's research focuses on the complexities of personal relationships and she has conducted research investigating the ups and downs of friendship relationships, the lived realities of shared housing relationships, the effects of Brexit on everyday family life and the sociological significance of sibling relationships. Katherine has a forthcoming book Siblings and Sociology which will be published by Manchester University Press in early 2023.

To read Katherine's university profile, click here. 

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Nikita Hayden

Nikita Hayden (PhD, University of Warwick, 2020) is a research fellow at the University of Warwick. Her sibling research focuses on the experiences of siblings of disabled children and adults, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nikita is a Research Associate for Sibs, the UK charity for siblings of disabled people.

To read Nikita's university profile, click here. To access her Google Scholar site, click here. 

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Shawn Whiteman

Shawn D. Whiteman (PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2004) is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. Utilising a bioecological perspective, Shawn’s research investigates the connections between family socialisation processes and youth’s health and socioemotional adjustment. He is specifically interested in the implications of youth’s sibling relationships for their health and well-being.

To read Shawn's university profile, click here. To access his Google Scholar site, click here.