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Christopher Wegemer

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Christopher Wegemer
Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Chris Wegemer is a postdoctoral researcher, educator, and scholar-activist. His research focuses on youth civic engagement. Specifically, he uses quantitative methods to examine peer social processes, motivational antecedents, participation in global activist movements, and civic applications of educational technology. Chris teaches courses in the Department of Sociology and the Global Studies program at UCLA.



  • Ph.D., Education, University of California, Irvine, 2021
  • M.A., Education, University of California, Irvine, 2018
  • M.A., Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 2008

Select Publications

  • Wegemer, C. M. (2022). Service, activism, and friendships in high school: A longitudinal social network analysis of peer influence and critical beliefs. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51(1), 1-15.
  • Wegemer, C. M. (2021). Critical civic motivation of marginalized youth: An expectancy-value model. Youth & Society, 0044118X211044522.
  • Wegemer, C. M. & Renick, J. R. (2021). Boundary spanning roles and power in educational partnerships. AERA Open, 7(2021), 23328584211016868.
  • Wegemer, C. M., & Vandell, D. L. (2020). Attachment, temperament, and parenting as origins of political differences: Longitudinal evidence from early childhood to age 26. Developmental Psychology, 56(7), 1360–1371.