Layne Amerikaner is a sociology doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include social inequality, reproductive health, and the impact of public policies on people's lives. Amerikaner is the co-author of "Thinking Outside the Girl Box: Teaming Up With Resilient Youth in Appalachia," published by Ohio University Press in 2014. She has a master's degree in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College. Her writing has been published in The Nation, The Hill, Ms., and Huffington Post, among other outlets.