GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Melissa Abad

mabad2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4170 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Northwestern University, Sociology
M.A. University of Chicago, Social Sciences

Specialty areas:
Organizations; Race, Class, Gender; Immigration; US Latinos

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Rebecca L. Abbott

rabbot3@uic.edu
Sociology office: 4074 BSB

Previous degrees:

B.A. Sociology, Central Michigan University B.S. Psychology and Anthropology, Central Michigan University

Specialty Areas:
Work, Organizations, and the Economy

I'm interested in crimes of state, war, and crimes against humanity. Particularly I'm interested in the political, social, and economic environment immediately preceding genocide.

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Timothy Adkins

tadkin2@uic.edu 
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Jody Ahlm

jahlm2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4111 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Sexuality, Technology, Embodiment

M.A. Title: "Respectable Promiscuity: Digital Cruising in an Era of Queer Liberalism"

Kirsten Andersen

kander48@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4118 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.A. English and Spanish Literature, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois Chicago

Specialty areas:
Organizations, Economic Sociology, Nonprofit Organizations

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Lisa Berube

lberub2@uic.edu

Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Previous degrees:

B.S. Psychology and Women's Studies, Illinois State University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:

Sexuality, Embodiment, Sport, Teaching, Violence

Broadly speaking, my interests lie in constructions of power and the material realities that these constructions have on our bodies and lives. Currently, my dissertation project explores how bisexual women navigate the structures of privilege, heterosexuality, and embodiment in their sexual relationships and sense of self. After this project, I hope to focus on the intersections of race, masculinity, violence, and heterosexuality in the realm of professional US sport; to explore how our cultural narratives of professional athletes and sport may shape and are shaped by the larger structures of violence and heterosexuality and how these narratives construct the material lives of peoples outside of heterosexual masculinity. My other interests include the sociology of teaching and social movements.

M.A. Thesis Title:
"Momma Said Knock You Out: Gender, Race, Political Activism, and the Social Construction of Mothering"

Dissertation Title:
"Theorizing (Bi)Sexuality: the Erotic, Emotions, and Embodiment"


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Caleb Butler

cbutle22@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
 
Specialty areas:
Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Education
 
Research Interests: I am interested in the intersections of race, gender, and class and how they perpetuate inequality within the education system. Specifically, I am interested in the qualitative experiences of black boys and men in schools and universities. Other interests include white privilege and neighborhood inequality.


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Deanna Christenson

dchris24@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4055 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.S. Economics and Sociology, University of Tulsa

Specialty Areas:
Urban Sociology; Neoliberalism; Poverty and Inequality; Race, Class, and Gender; Religion

My general interests include spatial inequality and residential segregation. My undergraduate research focused on the urban place-making practices of faith-based community development organizations in low-income, racially segregated neighborhoods. I am interested in the potential of faith, broadly defined, to both perpetuate and resist forces causing inequality in urban space.


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Megan Collier

mcolli31@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4074 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Guilford College
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Gender, Sexuality, Transgender Studies, Queer and Feminist Theory

M.A. Title: "'I Have a Beard but That Doesn't Mean I'm One of You, Okay?': Trans* Negotiations of Unintelligibility"

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Jessica Cook

jcook9@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126C BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology and African Studies, minor in Economics, University of Kansas
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Local and transnational labor markets and organizing, precarious labor, worker centers, immigration, mass incarceration, citizenship and belonging, social inequality, global and Transnational sociology, class, race, ethnicity, gender, social justice organizations and movements, and qualitative and critical ethnographic research methods.

M.A. Title: "What We Ask for is Justice: Immigrant Worker Center Activism in a Suburban New Immigrant Destination"

Dissertation Title: "Contesting Exclusion: Worker Centers as Sites for Low-Wage Temporary Staffing Industry Workers to Claim Full Citizenship Rights"

Rowena Crabbe

rcrabb3@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4176D BSB

Previous degrees:
B.S. Marketing Management, Virginia Tech
M.S. Business, Virginia Tech

Specialty areas:
Race, Ethnicity and Gender

Tünde Cserpes

tcserp2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4111 BSB

Areas of Specialization: Economic Sociology; Entrepreneurship; Organization Theory; Social Networks; Spatial Statistics

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago and founding member of the Center on Organizational Dynamics.  My research focuses on the institutional context of new business formation and dissolution and highlights how social forces of spatiality and brokerage shape the management of strategic alliances such as business partnerships and collaboration.  I use spatial and network techniques embedded in both qualitative and quantitative research traditions to uncover mechanisms that lead to field-level outcomes such as inequality or institutional change. The core of my approach to analyzing strategies of organizational behavior and individual structural position is to pay attention to failures, conflicts, and ambivalent situations that constitute fractures on the social fabric. To that effect, the loci of my research projects vary – range from single individuals, single organizations to complete populations of industries –, which allows me to pay attention to cross-level effects and explain institutional building from the bottom-up. By placing primacy on the spatial and relational aspects of market relationships, my research contributes to the literature on economic sociology, agglomeration economies, and strategic management.

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Maximilian Cuddy

mcuddy2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4075E BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology and African American Studies, Temple University

Specialty areas:
Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

I am interested in urban inequality as marked by race and class. I am also interested in the transforming spatial dynamics of cities and how these transformations are initiated as well as resisted. Other interests include public policy and social movements.

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Meghan Daniel

mdanie26@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4006A BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology and Women’s Studies, Providence College
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
 
Specialty areas:
Race, Class, Gender; Social Movements; Theory; Qualitative Methodology

My research centers on social movements and feminist theories, with a particular focus on intersectionality and reproduction. My M.A. examines ‘margins to center’ organizing within a nonprofit organization doing reproductive justice work; my dissertation will expand upon this, and examine the historical roots of contemporary grassroots, nonprofit, and policy activism for reproductive justice. 

M.A. Thesis Title: From “Transactional to Transformational:” Reproductive Justice and Margins to Center Organizing

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Luca Delbello

ldelbe2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4074 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. & M.A. Political Science, University "L'Orientale" of Naples, Italy M.A. Sociology, St. John's University

Specialty areas:
Social Theory, Political Sociology, Political Economy, Neoliberalism and Globalization, Class Analysis, Cultural Narratives.

Broadly speaking, I’m interested in the analysis of the Neoliberal ideology, the current functions of the state with its civil institutions and the interconnections with the economy and the market. My research also focuses on the central role played by culture in generating new forms of subjectivity and activating possibilities of change and revolution, through the formation of alternative thinking and utopias. I’m also interested in understanding the role that technology occupies in this process, how technological forms shape and transform subjectivities in everyday life.

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Erin Eife

eeife2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.A. Sociology and Politics, Fairfield University
M.A. Social Science, The University of Chicago  

I am interested in sociology of deviance, with a specific focus on stigmatized populations.  My M.A. work considers the consequences of a felony conviction on one's rights, leading to what I term "felony denaturalization". From 2012-2013, I conducted research under the Fulbright Commission of Ireland on experiences of reentry of Irish women that were formally incarcerated. I continue to be interested in conducting qualitative work on formerly incarcerated populations, and more generally, on how stigma functions in the reentry process.


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Emilie Glass

eglass2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005A BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, University of Houston

Specialty areas:
Health and Medicine, Health Disparities, Knowledge, and Family

I am broadly interested in sociology of health and medicine. Specifically, one of my focuses is in understanding the role social disparities play across available choices and access to health care. Additionally, I am interested in the role laypersons (interest groups, activists, etc.) play in the production of medical knowledge, and the development of medical procedures and policy. I conducted international research in the Republic of Panama, where I explored the impact of medical tourism on the local health care system. I looked at how the rise in medical tourism influenced doctors and medical professionals regarding the choice to practice in the public or private sector. I also investigated how the shift of medical professionals to the private sector affects the access and quality of care for local panamanians. Currently, I am investigating the trends of the midwife and doula profession and clientele. I'm interested in understanding how race impacts the decision of women to use a midwife/doula, and what roles do social groups play in the decision making process. I'm also interested in understanding how women who use, or are, doulas and midwives influence the production of knowledge, and how they impact policy and procedure change? I'm ultimately seeking to understand any possible divergences amongst social and racial groups in the growing trend of midwife and doula usage.

M.A. Title: "Exploring the birthing experiences of mothers, midwives and doulas"

Donna Granville

dgranv2@uic.edu

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Emily Hallgren

ehallg2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4173 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Peace Studies and Spanish, Manchester University 
M.A. Sociology, University of Arkansas

Specialty areas:
Labor; Migration; Nonviolent Social Change

Broadly, I am interested in labor, immigration, gender and nonviolent social change. I am interested in the possibilities of public sociology and participatory action research. 

M.A. Title: "Narrative Identity within a Workers’ Rights Organization"

Jerome Hendricks

jhendr7@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4170 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. History, Northeastern Illinois University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Economic Sociology; Culture; Collective Behavior and Social Movements; Consumers and Consumption; Community and Urban Sociology; Social Construction

Jerome Hendricks is a PhD candidate in sociology at UIC. He holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from UIC, and a BA in History from Northeastern Illinois University. His research interests include the construction and negotiation of value, organizations, organizing, movements, and field change. His current research explores the actions of intermediary firms in periods of rapid technological change. Utilizing the digital shift in the music retail industry, this study examines the curious survival of independent record stores in a market no longer dependent upon physical products or brick-and-mortar retailers. Similar to previous works on narratives of change, his current work looks at the implementation and negotiation of symbolic resources and the extent to which these meaning-making processes produce differential material outcomes for invested actors. In addition to his dissertation and teaching responsibilities, he is currently developing a new project that applies similar questions regarding symbolic resources to issues of political consumption among young adults.

M.A. Title: "False Alarm: Uncertainty and Its Effect on Stories of Good and Evil in Community Change"

Dissertation Title: "Vinyl Revival: Processes of Qualification and Change in Intermediate Markets"


Allison Suppan Helmuth

ahelmu2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4176D BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Philosophy, Wittenberg University
M.A. Sociology, George Washington University

Specialty areas:
Race, Class, and Gender; Urban Sociology; Poverty and Inequality; Race Relations; Sex and Gender

I study the interrelationships of race, class, gender, and other social structures that expand or restrict our resources and opportunities. My empirical work focuses on the urban context. I have previously studied the displacement of lower-income African American women from public housing after Hurricane Katrina and the gendered dimensions of urban backyard chicken farming in Kingston, Jamaica under the auspices of a Fulbright award. My recent research examines the mutual constitution of space with race, class, and gender in a gentrified Washington, DC neighborhood.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Exclusion and Space in Washington, DC: Exploring the Neighborhood Terrain of Race, Class, and Gender"

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Jesse Holzman

jholzm2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois Chicago

Specialty areas:
Gender Violence, Masculinity, Gender and Sexuality

I previously worked as a research assistant to Martha Thompson (NEIU Professor Emerita) on a project analyzing survey data from IMPACT Chicago, a feminist self-defense organization. I remain interested in the effectiveness of participating in a self-defense class as a means of empowerment, confidence, and violence prevention. I am also interested in exploring various ways individuals can interrupt rape culture.

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Lydia J. Hou

lhou3@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4150B BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Lindenwood University
M.A. International Studies, Lindenwood University

Specialty areas:

Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, Gender, Media

My research broadly encompasses areas of race/ethnicity, immigration, gender, and media. I am particularly interested in racialized citizenship, visa policy, and racialized liminality within immigration. My work includes analysis of race and gender in media, whiteness and diversity studies, and diversity in higher ed. I am pursuing a project on international students, race, and higher ed for my dissertation research. 

M.A. Title: "Reducing Global Poverty: An Analysis of the Millennium Development Goals and Policy Prescriptions for Moving Forward"

Carla Ilten

cilten2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126B BSB

Previous degrees:
Diplom (M.A.) Sociology and Technology Studies, Technische Universität Berlin

Specialty areas:
WOE, especially science and technology studies (STS), social movement and organization theory, economic sociology, theory

I am fascinated by how people use organizations and technologies to structure social and economic relations. Phenomena such as online platforms or cooperatives currently capture my sociological imagination the most: How are design, ownership, governance, power, and practice interrelated? I engage with work from organization theory, economic sociology, STS and media studies to think about these relations between form and content. Most recently, I have completed a discourse analysis of a microvolunteering platform, investigating how managed online infrastructures change the relationships between volunteers and organizations. At UIC, I am a member of the Center on Organizational Dynamics work group. Prior to moving to Chicago, I was the junior project manager of the three-year EU funded PATS project at the Center for Technology and Society (TU Berlin).

M.A. Title: "Sociotechnical Innovation by Civil Society Actors. A Case Study of the Wireless Community Networks Project illustrating the Approach of Social Niche Management" (title translated from German)


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Takeia Johnson

tjohns90@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.A. English, with Honors in Language and Literature, and Political Science, University of Southern California
J.D, with a Certificate in Public Interest Law, DePaul University College of Law

Specialty Areas:
Race; Gender; Sexuality; Work, Organizations, and Economy

My interests include the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender identity and barriers to inclusion in the legal profession for Black women. I am also generally interested in violence perpetrated against Black women and girls, including examining issues of criminality and access to equal employment.


Sage Kim

skim49@uic.edu

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Danny Lambouths III

dlambo2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous Degrees:  
B.A. University of Michigan, Finance and Accounting
M.Ed. University of Illinois at Chicago, Youth Development (Research Methodologies)
 
Specialty Areas:
Sociohistorical Racial Dynamics, Structural Racism, Overrepresentation of Black & Latino Students in Special Education, Black Males and Education
 
M.Ed Thesis Title: "Impact of Self-Efficacy on African American Youth's Academic Performance: A Gendered Experience"
 

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Laura Landers

llande2@uic.edu
Sociology office: 4160 BSB

Previous degrees:
BA, sociology,  Missouri State University

MA, Sociology, University of Illinois Chicago

Specialty Areas:
Globalization, gender, and labor.

Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which women's craft work is produced and sold in the global marketplace.

M.A. Title: "Just Be American": Exploring the Links Between Immigration Policy Opinions and National Identity Opinions

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Jialin Camile Li

jli73@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126B BSB

Previous degrees:
M.A. & B.A. Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Specialty Areas:
Gender, Consumption and globalization, urban space, body and technology, China

I got my B.A. and M.A. in sociology in Shanghai and came to Chicago three years ago. Broadly speaking, I'm intrigued by sociology imagination under which i can explore the hidden articulation between individual experiences and broader social structure. My B.A. paper is about the forming structure of a fan's group under a TV talent show in China. And my M.A. paper is deeply influenced by the dramatic urbanization in Shanghai (my homeland) and its implication in social inequality. I explored the resistance of street vendors with urban governance before 2010 World Expo. Since i came to UIC, I've been exposed to more diverse research disciplines and very formal academic training. My potential dissertation project will keep exploring social inequality in China, but with a more specific focus on women. I'm interested to see the interplay between mothering, technology, consumption under Chinese food safety and changing family structure.

M.A. Thesis Title: Urban Street Vendors: Flexible resistance beyond regulated space-the example of street vendors near E. University

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Rachel Lovis

rlovis2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4176B BSB

Previous degrees:

Specialty areas:
Work, Organization & Economy

In general, I am interested in labor and inequality in organizations. For my dissertation, I intend to explore the ways in which labor is valued in local and organic food movements.

M.A. Title: "Everybody’s Money Is Green: Ethnic Entrepreneurship in a New Immigrant Destination"


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Lain A.B. Mathers

amathe33@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4176C BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology and International Affairs, Florida State University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois Chicago

Specialty areas:

Gender, Sexualities, Religion, Inequalities, Feminist and Queer Epistemology, Symbolic Interactionism

M.A. Title: "Repairing cracked gender frames: Gender panics, individualism, and the politics of “holding it”"

Katharine McCabe

kmccab5@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4173 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Southern Methodist University
M.A. Fordham University

Specialty areas:
Gender, Race, Reproductive Politics, Social Movements, Mixed Methods, Feminist Epistemology, Medical Sociology, Institutions, Organizations, & the State

M.A. Thesis Title: "Exploring Student Responses to Dating Violence on a Campus: Does Context Matter?"

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William Mingus 

 wmingu2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4146C BSB

Previous degrees:

B.S. Education, Missouri State University
M.A. Sociology, Northern Illinois University

Specialty areas:
Identity; Sexuality; Restorative Justice; Deviance; Social Construction; Symbolic Interactionism

M.A. Thesis Title: From Prison to Integration: Applying Modified Labeling Theory to Sex Offenders

Dissertation Title: “A House of Cards: The impact of concealable stigmas on registered sex offenders”

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Sarah Patton Moberg

smober2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4173 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton College

Specialty areas:
Urban sociology; Economic inequality; Social movements

I plan to look at the construction of social inequalities in the neoliberal urban space. I want to study the changes in the global economy since the 2008 crash and how this has affected the reconfiguration of both the physical and economic structure of postindustrial cities. I also plan to study the responses of social justice organizations to these changes, such as right to the city initiatives, and how these organizations are connecting with other urban movements around the world.

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Alison Moss

amoss4@uic.edu
Sociology office: 4066 BSB

Specialty areas:
Gender, Sexuality, Family, and Gender and Women's Studies


M.A. Title
: Left Out of the Discourse: Bisexual Women Married to Men and Partnered with Women


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Michael De Anda Muñiz

mmuniz4@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4176C BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, DePaul University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Speciality areas:

Intersection of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Class; Neoliberalism; Culture; Latin@s; Global & Transnational Sociology; Art

My general interests are Latin@s, race and ethnicity, art, neoliberalism, culture, and transnationalism. My dissertation, as currently conceptualized, examines Latina community-engaged artists in Chicago. Specifically, I am interested in why they do community art work and what role "space" plays in their practice and lives. This includes looking at their subjectivities, their institutional relationships, and the creation of alternative spaces. I am heavily influenced by Black and Third World feminists and critical ethnic studies scholars.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Divided We Were, Divided We Remain: Race & Class in a 21st Century South Texas Boomtown"

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Jorge D. Ortiz

jortiz34@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4074 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Race, Segregation, Organizations/Institutions

My current research looks at suburban residential segregation. Specifically, I look at how private and public institutions in and around a majority-white suburb respond to the impressive growth of their Latino population. I find that while both, majority-white suburbs, and minority-majority suburbs manifest mechanisms that negatively targets Latino populations, it is the latter which implements the most outright racist policies targeting their Mexican population. My research adds to the body of literature on "new immigrant destinations," as well as on the study of "white" institutions, and "whiteness."

M.A. Title: "The Perpetuation of White Suburbia "

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Tony Peña

apena23@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4055 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology and English/Creative Writing, Augustana College
M.A., Higher Education Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University
 
Specialty Areas:
Educational Inequality, Higher Education, Latinas/os, Student Development, Organizations and Institutional Structure
 
Generally speaking, I am interested in how organizations – particularly institutions of higher education – address changes in their composition and environment to maintain their legitimacy and influence.  These include internal shifts that manifest through organizational structure, student demographics, and mission/vision.   External forces such as changes in regulations, markets, and other institutions within their field provide the environmental component to the impetus behind these changes.  My previous academic and professional work focused mainly community colleges and student development for first generation Latina/o students in higher education.  I wish to expand this work to develop a broader perspective that also includes changes to the institutions these students attend.


Shawn Perkins

sperki4@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Philosophy, St. John Vianney College Seminary
M.A. Sociology, University of South Florida

Specialty areas:
Work, Organizations, Economy

M.A. Title: "Just Regular Folks: An Ethnographic Study of Identity in a Gay and Lesbian Catholic Community in South Florida"

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Gina Pessagno

rpessa2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4111 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Indiana University-Indianapolis
M.A. Sociology, Indiana University-Indianapolis

Specialty areas:
Medical Sociology

I have broad interests in medical sociology. My master's thesis was a qualitative study exploring how medical students' experience and cope with patient death in hospital settings.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Dealing with Death: Medical Students' Experiences with Patient Loss"

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Chris Poulos

cpoulo2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4061 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University
M.A. Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Specialty areas:
Work, organizations, economy concentration: urban political-economy; neoliberal urbanization; privatization and financialization of urban space, polity, and economy; real-estate markets; and urban crises.

I am interested in the central role of financial markets, institutions and their intermediaries in contemporary urban political-economy. As municipal governments haved turned to financialization as a means of expanding urbanization and competing on a global scale, the pecuniary logic of finance has generated a full spectrum restructuring of state institutions, from the provision of public services to the reconfiguring of revenue streams. I am fascinated by the complexity and power of financialization and the interaction effects between the growing pools of global capital seeking profitable investment opportunities, revenue starved state institutions (federal, state and local) and the machination of key local actors. I am committed to public sociology as an avenue to engage with policy-makers, community-based organizations and activist communities committed to social change. I see the primary role of urban sociologists as translating the sometimes complex data, trends, and social, political and economic phenomena of cities into a digestible and practical set of recommendations.

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Sangi Ravichandran

sravic5@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4061 BSB 

Previous Degrees: 
B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.S., University of Madras
M.A.A.T. Master of Arts in Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Specialty Areas:
Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Immigration; Violence; Art; Urban Youth

MA Title: 
"Examining empowerment with survivors of domestic violence in India: An intersectional analysis"


Marco Roc

mroc2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

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Nick Rochin

nrochi2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4150B BSB

Previous degrees:
M.A. Sociology, DePaul University

Specialty areas:
Race, Ethnicity and Gender

Broadly speaking, my interests are in race, gender, and mass incarceration. Specifically, I am interested in opinions of the legitimacy of the criminal legal system.

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Emily Ruehs

eruehs2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126A BSB

Previous degrees:

B.A. Spanish, Grand Valley State University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:

Immigration, Youth, Human Rights, Gender & Sexuality

My current work looks at the conflicting ideas of humanitarianism and securitization for unaccompanied immigrant youth in the United States. Through an intersectional analysis, I explore how youth construct identities and act in agentic ways as they navigate a complicated immigration system. I also focuses on feminist pedagogy, striving to become an influential and inspiring teacher.

M.A. Title: "Adventures in El Norte: Masculinity and the Immigration of Unaccompanied Minors"
Dissertation Title: "Clandestine Youth: Unaccompanied Minors, Humanitarianism and Securitization in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands"

Rupal Satra

rsatra1@uic.edu
Sociology office: 4051 BSB


Previous degrees:

B.A Biology & Psychology, University of Illinois Chicago
M.A. Applied Medical Anthropology, Oregon State University

Specialty areas:
Global Health & medicine, Sexuality, & Globalization

For my dissertation research, I am exploring the intersections of sexuality, globalization, and sexual and reproductive health among urban, middle-class, adolescents in Mumbai, India.  Specifically, I am interested in understanding how this demographic constructs sexuality in the context of a liberalizing metropolis, and subsequently, how that translates into management of their sexual and reproductive health.

M.A. Title: "The Indian Diaspora: Situating Family Building Patterns in a Migrant Community"


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William "Buddy" Scarborough

wscarb2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4006A BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Alma College

Specialty areas:
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

I'm interested in exploring the power dynamics present in team sport and its symbolism in American Society. Additionally, I maintain an interest in the socio-political landscape of South Africa, focusing on the intersection of race, gender, and class within social conflict.

Caleb Schaffner

cschaf3@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Northern Illinois University
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Religion; Social Psychology; Race, Ethnicity, and Gender; Public Opinion

My dissertation research focuses on the under-explored area of variations among atheists and their reasons for leaving the religion of their upbringing. I am also doing work on determinants of race-related public policy.

M.A. Title: "No One Is an Island: Floating Public Policy Opinions in a Sea of Race"

Dissertation Title:
"Paths Out of Religion: A Cartography of Atheism"

Ray Sin

rsin2@uic.edu


Previous degrees:
B.S. Sociology, National University of Singapore
M.A. Sociology Minnesota State University, Mankato

Specialty areas:
Sexuality; Race, Immigration and Gender

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in the assimilative patterns of racial and sexual minorities - what Simmel refers to as social strangers - into mainstream society. Why are some racial/ethnic groups incorporated but not others? Are homosexuals more integrated than racial minorities? To answer these questions, I am working with Barbara Risman on a project that looks if acceptance of same-sex relations increases with each successive generation. I am also working on another project with Maria Krysan that looks at housing integration.

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John S. Smithers

jsmit42@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4066 BSB

Previous degrees:
A.S. Criminal Justice A.S. Behavioral Science, Ancilla Domini College
B.A. Sociology, Indiana University South Bend
M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Specialty areas:
Race & Ethnicity; Latin American & Latino Studies; Gangs, Deviance, Community Studies; Identity

M.A. Title: "Las Pandillas de La Villita: Gang Activity in Little Village and the Response within the Community"

Ryan Alan Sporer

rspore2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4074 BSB

Previous degrees:

B.S. Purdue University Calumet
M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:

Social Movements, Political Sociology, Immigration, Environmental Sociology

M.A. Title
: "Nativist Sentiment Pools: Conditions and Outcomes of an Amorphous Social Movement"

Dissertation Title: "Politics and Technology of Eco-Housing: A Case of Earthships"

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David Springer

dsprin3@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126C BSB

Previous degrees:
B.S. Education, University of Findlay
M.A. Sociology, Ohio University.

Specialty areas:
Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Assimilation; The Sociology of African-Americans

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Sarah Steele

ssteel5@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4173 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.S. Social Science, Michigan State University
M.A. Women & Gender Studies, University of Florida

Specialty areas:

Social Movements, Gender & Sexuality

My interests lie in the study of contemporary social movements in relation to sexuality, gender, and race. I am particularly interested in community organizing and the practical implementation of feminist and queer theories within social movement activity.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Queering Intersectionality: Practical Politics and Southerners On New Ground"

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Amanda Stewart

astewart@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4126C BSB

Previous degrees:
BA, German Language and Literature, Luther College
MA, Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester (UK)

Specialty areas:
Gender and Sexuality

My interests, broadly speaking, lie within the areas of gender and sexuality. I'm currently considering possible directions for my dissertation and am currently exploring the experiences of queer women in rural spaces.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Survival. Activism. Feminism?: Trans Identified Individuals in Chicago"

Paige L. Sweet

psweet2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4111 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Women & Gender Studies and English, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:
Gender; Health & Medicine; Domestic Violence

I am interested in domestic violence, processes of medicalization, and feminist anti-violence politics.

M.A. Thesis Title: "In Somebody Else's House:' Domestic Violence Advocacy and the Medicalization of Abuse"

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Herrica Telus

htelus2@uic.edu
Sociology Office:4061 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Psychology, University of South Florida
M.A. Sociology, University of South Florida

Specialty areas:
Ethnic Organizations, Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Immigration, The Caribbean

Broadly speaking, I'm interested in the role ethnic organizations play in the lives of immigrants and how these types of organizations influence the ethnic identities of immigrants. Also, I am interested in how ethnic organizations promote cultural awareness and maintenance.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Ethnic Identities among Second-Generation Haitian Young Adults in Tampa Bay, Florida: An Analysis of the Reported Influence of Ethnic Organizational Involvement on Disaster Response after the Haiti Earthquake of 2010"

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Julie Vang

jvang3@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.A. Sociology and International Studies, University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Research Interests: Gender, poverty, race and ethnicity, culture, and intimate relationships. 

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Haley Volpintesta

hvolpi2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4005 BSB

Previous Degrees:
B.A. Gender and Women's Studies, Knox College, L.S.M.A. Human Rights, Columbia University

Research Interests:
Race, Gender, Sexualities, and the Law; Inequalities; Violence and Social Suffering; Narrative Construction of Identities; and Feminist Theory

I am interested in the limits and effects of the law, specifically how the law produces and erases subjects and denies young folks in the sex trade and street economies right to self-determination.


Scott M. Wallace

Office: 4061 BSB 
 
Previous Degrees:
B.A. Sociology, University of Wisconsin--Superior
 
Specialty Areas: 
Political Sociology; Political and Institutional Embodiment; Class Structures and Analysis; Social Change; East Asia; Gender; Neoliberalism; Social Theory; Social Movements
 
I am primarily interested in exploring the embodiment of political beliefs by understanding how social agents incorporate and embody the social world through their accumulation of habitus and symbolic capital. I argue that this approach is useful for understanding the complexity of social change as it pertains to the durability of political institutions and ideas throughout different historical and spatial contexts and how social agents understand and respond to the dynamics of political power and structural inequalities. Among other areas of intrigue and curiosity, I am also interested in exploring how the material interests of social agents orient their actions to become members of groups and institutions, the political dimensions of conspiracy theories and cults, as well as the resurgence of leftist politics in post- 9/11 America as a response to the fracturing of neoliberal consensus and the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.         

Patrick Washington

pwashi4@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4051 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.S.Sociology, Texas A&M University
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas:

Black religion and practices; Religion and Politics; African American religious history; Race and ethnicity in the U.S.; Black Political Activism; Sociology of Religion; Political Sociology; Social Movements

M.A. Title: "The Shepherd Guiding the Flock:The Effects of Pastoral Encouragement and Church Attendance on Black Political Participation"

Piere Washington

pwashi5@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4075E BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A. Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago
M.A. Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, DePaul University

Specialty areas:
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Identity, Intersectionality & Interracial Families

I am generally interested in the construction and negotiation of identity for black-white biracial Americans and the historical and contemporary policing of black-white interracial relationships. My current research examines both formal and informal means of policing black-white interracial couples along with the struggles and decisions of these couples' biracial offspring to identify as biracial, black, white or other. More specifically, I am interested in exploring racial identity as it is shaped by various social factors including: parenting and sibling relationships, gender identity and notions of masculinity and femininity, socioeconomic status, opportunities for social mobility, and efforts for racial pluralism vs. efforts of assimilation.

M.A. Thesis Title: "A Content Analysis Exploring Biracial Identity"

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Bradley Zopf

bzopf2@uic.edu
Sociology Office: 4170 BSB

Previous degrees:
B.A., Carthage College
M.A., University of Chicago

Specialty areas:
Race and Ethnicity; Teaching and Learning; Theory

My dissertation aims to understand the identities and experiences of Egyptians here in Chicago as a means to examine the shifting U.S. color line.

M.A. Thesis Title: "Consumption and Oppositional Culture: An Examination of African American Males"

Dissertation Title: "Arab American Racialization and the U.S. Racial Landscape"