University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Ph.D.'s on the Market

Irene Boeckmann

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Parenthood and Employment Outcomes of Partnered Men and Women in Europe and North America from a Cross-National and Comparative Historical Perspective
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2014
Advisor/Committee Members: Joya Misra & Michelle Budig (co-chairs), Naomi Gerstel, Aline Sayer (Psychology)

Research/Teaching Interests: Welfare States, Family Policies, Gender & Work, Parenthood, Labor Market Stratification, Violence Against Women, Quantitative Methods, Comparative Historical Methods

Brian Connor

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: The Centrality of Disagreement: Rancière, Suffrage, and Equality
Ph.D. Expected Date: December 2013
Advisor/Committee Members: Gianpaolo Baiocchi (Chair), Gerald Platt, Emily Erikson, Briankle Chang

Research/Teaching Interests: Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Political Sociology

Jessica Looze

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Women's Wage Trajectories: The Effects of Children, Job Changes, and Employment Interruptions
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2014
Advisor/Committee Members: Michelle Budig (chair), Sanjiv Gupta, Naomi Gerstel, Marta Murray-Close (Economics)

Research/Teaching Interests: Gender and Racial Inequality in Labor Markets; Work and Family; Child Care; Statistics; Quantitative Methods

Katherine Castiello Jones

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Foregoing Private Pleasures, Forging Public Identities: The Abstinence-Until-Marriage Movement in America
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2014
Advisor/Committee Members: Robert Zussman (chair), Joya Misra, Amy Schalet, Miliann Kang, Millicent Thayer

Research/Teaching Interests: Sexuality, Gender, Culture, Social Movements, Intersectional Analysis, Transnational Families, Qualitative Methods, Ethnography, Evangelical Christianity

Erika Marquez

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr College

Dissertation Title: Citizenship in Times of Exception: The Turn To Security and The Politics of Human Rights in Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
Ph.D. Date: 2012
Advisor/Committee Members: Agustin Lao-Montes, Millie Thayer, Sonia Alvarez

Research/Teaching Interests: Political Sociology, Social Movements, Globalization/Transnationalism, Law & Society, Criminology, Latin American Studies, World-Systems Analysis, Qualitative Methods

Abby Templer

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Rethinking the Creative Economy: Participatory Action Research with Artists and Artisans in the Greater Franklin County, MA
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2014
Advisor/Committee Members: Millie Thayer (Chair), Robert Zussman, Ellen Pader

Research/Teaching Interests: Economic Sociology, Social Change, Sociology of Knowledge, Social Inequality, Research Methods


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