University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Ph.D.'s on the Market

Sharla Alegria

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: A Mixed methods Analysis of the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Migration in the High-tech Workforce
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2015
Advisor/Committee Members: Enobong (Anna) Branch (co-chair), Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (co-chair), Joya Misra, Banu Subramaniam, Tom Juravich

Research/Teaching Interests: Race, Gender, and Class; Science, Knowledge, and Technology; Organizations, Occupations, and Work; Symbolic Interaction; Migration; Research Design; Statistics; Interviewing Methods

Oyman Basaran

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Modernity, History and Medicine: The Professionalization of Circumcisers in Turkey
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2016
Advisor/Committee Members: Janice Irvine (chair), Fareen Parvez, Christopher Dole (Amherst College)

Research/Teaching Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Family, Culture, Medicine, Sociological Theory, Historical Sociology and Middle East

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

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

Chris Smith

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: The Shifting Structure of Chicago's Organized Crime Network and the Women It Left Behind
Ph.D. Expected Date: 2015
Advisor/Committee Members: Andrew Papachristos (chair, Yale University), Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Robert Zussman, Jennifer Fronc (History)

Research/Teaching Interests: Crime and Inequality; Feminist Criminology; Historical Research Methods; Organized Crime; Social Network Analysis; Sociology of Family; Sociology of Gender; Urban Sociology

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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