The University of Massachusetts Amherst


On the Market


Armanthia Duncan

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: Wooden Nickels: Afropessimism, Symbolic Organizations, and Contaminated Communities
PhD Expected Date: 2020
Advisor/Committee Members: Moon-Kie Jung (chair), Sancha Medwinter, Brian Sargent, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Michael Ash (Economics at UMass Amherst)

Research/Teaching Interests:  Sociology of Race; Racial Inequality; Afropessimism; Environmental Justice; Criminology; Comparative Historical Sociology; Sociology of Health; Mixed Methods Research


Juyeon Park

Personal Website

Dissertation Title: Raising Global Elites from a Distance: Transnational Parenting of South Korean Students
PhD Expected Date: 2020
Advisor/Committee Members: Naomi Gerstel (chair), Joya Misra, Millie Thayer, Miliann Kang (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst)

Research/Teaching Interests: Family; Gender; Migration; Stratification/Inequality; Higher Education; Sociology of Culture; East Asian Studies; Qualitative Research Methods

Rachel Rybaczuk

Dissertation Title: Who's Your Farmer?: The Intersection of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Agriculture
PhD Date: 2023
Advisor/Committee Members: Janice Irvine (chair), Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Millie Thayer, Arlene Avakian (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst)

Research/Teaching Interests: Commodification and Consumption; Cultural Sociology; Food and Farming; Public Sociology; Queer Theory; Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; Social Change and Social Movements; Visual Sociology


Derek P. Siegel

Personal Website

Dissertation Title: Trans Women and Reproductive (In)Justice: How Race, Class, and Gender Shape Experiences of Family Formation and Parenthood
PhD Expected Date: 2023
Advisor/Committee Members: Joya Misra (chair), Naomi Gerstel, Carla A. Pfeffer, and Chris Barcelos

Research/Teaching Interests: Race, Gender, and Class; Family; Trans Studies; Social Movements; Feminist Theory; Qualitative Methods; Sociology of Culture; Medical Sociology