Nayan G. Ramirez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on the effects of adolescent relationships on marginalized populations' wellbeing. Specifically, he applies a social network approach to identify how friendship networks affect behavior.
In his dissertation, he compares the composition and structure of sexual minorities' friendship networks to those of their heterosexual peers. He examines whether differences in their friendship networks expose sexual minority adolescents to negative outcomes, including delinquency, substance use, and adverse mental health.