University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

 

 

Ph.D. Alumni

Ph.D. alumni, if you would like to be included on this page please email sociol-info@soc.umass.edu with the pertinent information.

Andrew Abel

aabel@hastings.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2008
  • B.A., Chinese Language & Literature, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 1991

Dissertation: "It's the People Here: A Study of Ritual, Conversion, and Congregational Life Among Chinese Christians"

Current Position:
Professor
Department of Sociology
Hastings College
Hastings, NE 68901

Greg Adams

adamsg1@southernct.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2002
  • B.A., Economics, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 1990

Dissertation: "Narcotic Addiction in Post-Soviet Ukraine"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515

Brittnie Aiello

aiellob@merrimack.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2010
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
  • B.A., Sociology & Modern Languages, Eckerd College

Dissertation: "Mothering in Jail: Pleasure, Pain and Punishment"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology
Merrimack College
North Andover, MA 01845

Amy Armenia

aarmenia@rollins.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2002
  • B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 1997

Current Position:
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Rollins College
1000 Hold Avenue - 2761
Winter Park, FL 32701

Sarah Becker

sbecker@lsu.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2008
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2007
  • B.A., Sociology & Writing, Briar Cliff University, 1998

Dissertation: "'Ghetto' or Getaway?: Constructions of Crime and Danger in an East Coast Vacation Village"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Louisana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Jeffrey Beemer

beemer@soc.umass.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011

Dissertation: "Social Meanings of Mortality: The Language of Death and Disease in 19th Century Massachusetts"

Lee Blackstone

blackstonel@oldwestbury.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2002

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
SUNY–College at Old Westbury
Westbury, NY 11568-0210

Cathryn Brubaker

cbrubake@holycross.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2007
  • M.A., Sociology, Georgia State University, 1992
  • B.A., Liberal Studies, University of Central Florida, 1989

Dissertation: "Doing Health, Doing Gender: A Social Constructionist View of Health and Risk Behavior Engagement"

Current Position:
Visiting Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA 01610

Dan Burland

dburland@legal.umass.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011

Dissertation: "The Persistence of Military Honor in a Culture with Victory"

Eric Cheney

cheneye@cwu.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2005
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 1993

Dissertation: "Done Deal: Socially Expected and Contested Duration in the Corporate Merger and Acquisition Market"

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Michael DeCesare

decesarem@merrimack.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2004
  • M.S., Sociology, Southern Connecticut State University, 1999
  • B.A., Sociology, Certificate in Criminal Justice, University of Connecticut, 1997

Dissertation: "Preaching Science or Promoting Citizenship? Teaching Sociology in High School"

Current Position:
Associate Professor and Chair
Merrimack College
Department of Sociology
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Stacy Evans

sevans@berkshirecc.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2010
  • M.P.P., Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • B.A., Economics, Wellesley College

Dissertation: "Ambivalent Modernity: Scientists in Film and the Public Eye"

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences Department
Berkshire Community College
Pittsfield, MA 02101

John Fox

 
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2010
  • B.A., Sociology, Cabrillo College, 1996
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California–Santa Cruz, 1998

Dissertation: "Respirators, Morphine, and Trocars: Cultures of Death and Dying in Medical Institutions, Hospices and Funeral Work"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Business & Social Sciences Division
Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Mark Gammon

gammon@science.ubc.ca
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2009
  • M.A., College Student Personnel, University of Maryland, 1996
  • B.A., Sociology & Women's Studies, Colorado State University, 1994

Current Position:
Teaching & Learning Technology Strategist
Science Centre for Learning and Teaching
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4

Mariana Gerena Melia

mgerena@gmail.com
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2005

Current Position:
Health Science Specialist/Project Manager
Center for Organization, Leadership and Management Research (COLMR), Boston
Department of Veterans Affairs

Heather-Lyn Haley

Heather-Lyn.Haley@umassmed.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, September 2003.

Dissertation: "The Impact of Child Care Choices on the Social Networks of Working-Class Couples Across the Transition to Parenthood"

Current position:
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine & Community Health
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA 01655

Afshan Jafar

Afshan.jafar@conncoll.edu
  • Ph.D., University Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1999

Dissertation: "Lofty Ideals and Ground Realities: Feminism, Activism, and NGOs in Pakistan"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Sociology Department
Connecticut College
New London, CT 06320

Brian Kapitulik

kapitulikB@gcc.umass.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011
  • M.A., Sociology, New Mexico State University, 2000
  • B.A., Sociology and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts–Boston, 1998

Dissertation: "Resisting Schools, Reproducing Families: Gender and the Politics of Homeschooling"

Current position:
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Sociology/Anthropology
Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA 01301

Hilton Kelly

hikelly@davidson.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2007
  • M.S., Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
  • B.A., History, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

Dissertation: "Jim Crow's Teachers: Race, Remembering, and the Geopolitics of Teaching in the North Carolina Coastal Plains"

Current position:
Assistant Professor and Chair of Educational Studies
Department of Education
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

Erika Marquez

erikamarquezm@gmail.com
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2012
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2008

Dissertation: "Citizenship in Times of Exception: The Turn To Security and The Politics of Human Rights in Valle Del Cauca, Colombia"

Current Position:
Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Sociology
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Clifton Shawn McGuffey

mcguffey@bc.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2005
  • B.A., Anthropology & Sociology, Transylvania University, 1998

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Boston College
Boston, MA 02467

Yasser Munif

yasser_munif@emerson.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon, 1999

Current Position:
Scholar-in-Residence
Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Francisca Oyogoa

foyogoa@simons-rock.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2010
  • B.A., Bowdoin College, 1998

Dissertation: "Do Employers Have a Race? Employers' Racial Ideology and the Marginalization of Black Male Workers in the Pullman Railroad Company, 1858-1969"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Amrita Pande

Amrita.Pande@uct.ac.za
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2009
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • M.A., Economics, Delhi School of Economics, India, 2002

Dissertation: "Commerical Surrogacy in India: Nine Months of 'Labor'?"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Kim Price-Glynn

kim.price-glynn@uconn.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2003
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2001
  • B.A., Sociology & Anthropology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1994

Dissertation: "Gender, Context, and Ritual: An Ethnography of Stripping"

Current Postion:
Associate Professor
Urban and Community Studies Program
University of Connecticut–Harford
West Hartford, CT 06117

Louis Prisock

lgp20@rci.rutgers.edu
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2007
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 1996
  • B.S., Drexel University, 1990

Dissertation: "Uneasy Alliance: The Participation of African Americans in Conservative Social, Political, and Intellectual Movements"

Current position:
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Department of American Studies
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Carter Rakovski

crakovski@fullerton.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2004
  • M.A., Statistics, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2000

Current position:
Assistant Professor and Vice Chair
Sociology Department
California State University–Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92831

Dwanna L. Robertson

dwanna@ksu.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2013
  • M.S., Sociology, Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, 2010
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, East Tennessee State University, 2003
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma, 2001

Dissertation: "Navigating Indigenous Identity"

Current position:
Assistant Professor
Department of American Ethnic Studies
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

Jason Rodriquez

rodriquezj@missouri.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2009
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 2001

Dissertation: "Reimbursement Comes from the Heart: The Organizational Structure of Emotions and Care-Work in Nursing Homes"

Current position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Missouri–Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211

Natasha Sarkisian

natasha@sarkisian.net
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2005

Dissertation: "Assessing the Debates on Social Support Among Euro and African Americans"

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Sociology Department
Boston College
Boston, MA 02467

Ingrid Semaan

ingrid.semaan@uconn.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2006
  • B.A., Sociology, SUNY–Binghamton

Dissertation: "Beyond Staying and Leaving: Battered Women's Responses to Abuse"

Current Position:
Director of Women's Studies
Women's Studies and Sociology
University of Connecticut–Stamford
Stamford, CT 06901

Elizabeth Souza

e.souza@verizon.net
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2004

Dissertation: "The Launch Pad: Middle Class Families and the Transition to College"

Current Position:
Visiting Lecturer
Anthropology & Sociology Department
Amherst College
Amherst, MA

Nicole Stokes-DuPass

nstokes-dupass@holyfamily.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2013
  • M.A., Sociology, State University of New York–New Paltz, 1999
  • M.P.S., Multicultural Education, State University of New York–New Paltz, 1999
  • B.S., Sociology, State University of New York–New Paltz, 1995
  • B.A., Journalism, State University of New York–New Paltz, 1995

Dissertation: “The Politics of Identity and Assimilation in Contemporary Denmark”

Current Position:
Associate Dean / Associate Professor of Sociology
School of Arts and Sciences
Holy Family University
Philadelphia, PA 19114

Ted Thornhill

thornte@earlham.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2009
  • M.S., Applied Social Research, Florida State University, 2005
  • B.A., Sociology and Certificate in Ethnic Studies, Florida Atlantic University, 2003

Dissertation: "From Racial Socialization to Racial Ideologies: The Role of Family, High School U.S. History, and College Coursework in the Lives of Black Young Adults"

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Earlham College
Richmond, IN 47374

Katherine Walker

kdwalker@vcu.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2007

Dissertation: "Not Even Past: Race and Commemoration in a Southern City"

Current Position: Assistant Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23284

Kristy Watkins

profkwatkins@gmail.com
  • Ph.D. Sociology University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2011

Dissertation: "Defining Legal Parenthood: The Intersection of Gender and Sexual Identity in U.S. Child Custody Decisions, 2003-2009"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology & Social Work
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Amy Wilkins

amy.wilkins@colorado.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2004
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1994

Dissertation: "Sex and Sensibility: Gender, Race, And Class in Three Youth Cultures"

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Colorado–Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309

Ayse Yetis Bayraktar

ayseyetisbayraktar@gmail.com
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, February 2013

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation: "Parents' Socioeconomic Class Position and Children's Time Use Patterns"

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Sociology
Bogazici University
Istanbul, Turkey

Ieva Zake

zake@rowan.edu
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, 2004
  • M.A., Women's Studies, Ohio State University, 1999
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of Latvia, 1997

Dissertation: "The Development of Latvian Nationalist Ideology and the Role of Intellectuals"

Current position:
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Science & Mathematics
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028

 

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