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Mariya Khan, MA

Graduate Student


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

BSB 4111


Previous Degrees:

B.A. in Religion and Sociology, Hamline University

M.A. in Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Areas of Specialization: Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Health

Mariya Khan is a doctoral candidate currently collecting data for her dissertation: "Puzzling Persistence: State-Operated Psychiatric Institutions and the Criminalization of Mental Illness in the Post-Deinstitutionalization Era." Her dissertation uses a combination of archival sources, institutional data, ethnography, and first-person interviews with stakeholders and health professionals to examine the ways state-operated psychiatric hospitals and state-mandated psychiatric treatment have changed in the "post-deinstitutionalization" era. In particular, she aims to explain the ways in which post-deinstitutionalization criminalization of mental illness, and the discourse around criminalization, has contributed to changes within and to the continued persistence of state hospitals into the late 20th and early 21st centuries, despite the "community care" paradigm established in this same period.

Mariya has also served as a research assistant and project coordinator for the Skin Tone Identity and Inequalities Project (STiiP) research group, contributing to the development of novel field survey techniques in the study of colorism inequality. In this role she coordinated a pilot study whose findings have been published in the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and afterwards collaborated on a grant application for National Science Foundation funding which, when received, she continued to support as lead coordinator of research activities. She continues to collaborate on multi-author journal submissions with the team.

Mariya has also taught several courses either as lead instructor of record or as a teaching assistant/lab instructor. These include undergraduate courses ( Intro to Methods, Intro to Statistics, Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity) as well as graduate level courses (Intro and Intermediate Statistics). She has also served as a graduate student representative on multiple departmental committees