PhD Recipients and Placements


2015 Ph.D.s

Meredith Bergey

Dissertation:  The Rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Coaching: The Social Meanings and Policy Implications of a New Approach for Managing ADHD

Rebekah Zincavage Dissertation: My Sibling's Keeper: Mental Illness, Family Dynamics, and Responsibility Among Adult Siblings
Associate Research Scientist, New England Research Institutes, Watertown, MA

Emily Sigalow

Dissertation: The JUBUs: The Encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America

2014 Ph.D.s

Nicole S. Fox

Dissertation:  "It Is Here That I Remember My Beloved": Memorials and Commemorations in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

Amanda Gengler Dissertation: Cultural Health Capital, Emotion Management, and the Reproduction of Inequality in the case of Life-Threatening Childhood Illness
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Thomas I. Mackie

Dissertation: Extending Psychotrophic Medication Oversight for Children in Foster Care: A Sociological and Econometric Examination of State Monitoring Mechanisms
Assistant Professor, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center

Vanessa Lopes Munoz Dissertation: Managing Food Allergies, Preserving Childhoods
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado College
Thomas P. Shields Dissertation: "DREAMers Rising: Constituting the Undocumented Student Immigrant Movement"
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Jill Smith Dissertation: The Role of Independent Educational Consultants in the College Application Process
Adjunct Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Tufts University

2013 Ph.D.s

Dana Zarhin Dissertation: Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a Patient Contested Disease: Pathways to and from Medicalization
Two-Year Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

2012 Ph.D.s

Meg Lovejoy

Dissertation: Is Hooking Up Empowering for College Women? A Feminist Gramscian Perspective 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Guy Abutbul Selinger

Dissertation: The Construction of Ethnic Subjects in the Israeli Middle Class 
Jonathan Shapira Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Hannah Thomas

Dissertation: Foreclosure Through the Eyes of Real Estate Agents in Boston: An Institutional Ethnography 
Senior Analyst,  Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA

Zehra Yasmin Zaidi

Dissertation: Chaddars and Pink Collars in Pakistan: Gender, Work and the Global Economy 
Director, Center for Gender and Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan

2011 Ph.D.s

Ken (Chih-Yan) Sun Dissertation: Aging Across Borders: The Case of Older Taiwanese Immigrants and Their Return Counterparts
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Miranda Waggoner Dissertation: Expanding the Reproductive Body: The Emergence of Preconception Care, 1980-2010
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2010 Ph.D.s

Alison Better Dissertation: Pleasure for Sale: Feminist Sex Stores
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

Rachel Kulick

Dissertation: Youth Empowering Youth: Collective Processes in Making Independent Media 
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Ashley Rondini Dissertation: Negotiating Identity: Elite Institutions, Low Income First generation College Students, and Their Parents
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

2009 Ph.D.s

Stephanie Anne Bryson Dissertation: Constructing the Good Enough Family: Child Welfare Decision-Making in the ASFA ERA
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Christopher Gillespie Dissertation: The Experience of Living With Measured Risk: The Cases of Elevated PSA and Cholesterol Levels as Proto-Illnesses
Health Services Research Fellowship, Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA
Rachel  L. Rockenmacher Dissertation: 'Teach Us, Don’t Tell Us:' Young Adults With Interfaith Parents Choose Their Religious and Ethnic Identities
Senior Administrator, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Cheryl Stults Dissertation: The Process of a 'Risk Scare:' The Cases of Hormone Replacement Therapy, Silicone Breast Implants, and Antidepressant Therapy in Youth
Researcher, Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Lecturer, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

2008 Ph.D.s

Brant Downey Dissertation: W. I. Thomas and the Sociology of Sex Differences
, Mt. Royal University, Calgary, Canada
Betina Freidin Dissertation: Acupuncture Worlds in Argentina: Contested Knowledge, Legitimation Processes, and Everyday Practices
Associate Researcher, the CONICET (National Council for Science and Technology), Buenos Aires, Argentina: Lecturer of Research Methods, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007 Ph.D.s

Deborah Potter Dissertation: Uncommon Partners: Citizen Participation and Lay-Professional Relationships in Three Community Collaboratives for Children's Mental Health
Associate Professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Jillian Dickert Dissertation: From Welfare to Social Care? A Comparative Analysis of Welfare State Restructuring, Mobilization Strategies, and Social Policy Change in the United States
Visiting Foreign Professor, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), School of Public Administration in combination with four-month Fulbright Award, Brazil
Benjamin Phillips Dissertation: Numbering the Jews: Evaluating and Improving American Jewish Population Studies
Vice President, Abt SRBI, Cambridge, MA (A recognized leader in utilizing survey, opinion, and public policy research to build bridges between decision-makers and the publics they serve. Known for its rigirous and innovative methodologies, Abt SRBI is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms)
Johanna Wigg Dissertation: A Culture of Dementia: Examining Interpersonal Relationships between Elders with Dementia
Visiting Instructor, Department of Sociology, Bowdoin College, Brinwick, ME

2006 Ph.D.s

Rafael Hernandez-Arias Dissertation: Use of Population Categories as Variables in U.S. Health Research: Furthering Reifications while Hindering Explanations
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
, Sociology at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Paul Hess Dissertation: Bureaucracy versus Total Quality Management: A Sociological Theory of Classing Systems
Heather Jacobson Dissertation: Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Jennifer Zoltanski Dissertation: The Construction of Rape as a Crime against Humanity: Recognition and Prosecution by the International Crime Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA

2005 Ph.D.s

Oliver Benoit Dissertation: Causes of Social Change and Conflict, and the Emergence of a National Consciousness in Grenada
Assistant Professor
, St. George's University, True Blue, Grenada, Caribbean Islands
Deborah Cohan Dissertation: Rage and the Sociological Imagination
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Science, University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Beaufort, SC
Mignon Duffy Dissertation: One Hundred Years of Buying Care: Gender, Race, Immigration, and Market Care Work in the Twentieth Century
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Anastasia Norton Dissertation: U Da Sembe Fa Aki (We Are People of this Place) Place-Attachment and Belonging: A Saramaka Response to Globalization
Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice
Debra Osnowitz Dissertation: Marketing Expertise: The Contingent Experience of Contract Professionals
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2004 Ph.D.s

Tobin Belzer Dissertation: Jewish Identity at Work
Research Associate, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Sadhana Bery Dissertation: Evidentiary Whiteness: The Re/Production of White Praxis
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
Karen Werner Dissertation: A Sociology of Contemporary Activist Art (1990-2003)
Faculty Advisor, BA in Individualized Studies Program, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT; Lecturer at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

2003 Ph.D.s

Lawrence Holcomb Dissertation: Revisiting Race: Toward An Analytic Social-Psychological Approach to Racial Construction
Member:  Board of Directors - The Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Society
Mathew Johnson Dissertation: Social Class and Cultural (Re)production in Higher Education: An Ethnographic Look at the Culture of Student Affairs Offices
Director of Academic Community Engagement, Associate Professor, Siena College, Department of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Loudonville, NY
Christa Kelleher Dissertation: Postpartum Matters: Women's Experiences of Medical Surveillance, Time and Support After Birth
Assistant Professor and Research Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the McCormack Graduate School of Political Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Katrin Kriz Dissertation: Welfare States and Emotional Risk: Family Policy Gaps and Childcare Maintenance by Employed Mothers in Britain, Germany and Sweden
Associate Professor; Director of the College Honors Program, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

2002 Ph.D.s

Kathleen Jenkins Dissertation: 'Awesome Families': Reforming Family in the International Churches of Christ
Associate Professor, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2001 Ph.D.s

Valerie Leiter Dissertation: Gentle Intrusions: Family-Centered Care in Early Intervention
Professor, Chair; Society and Health Program: Simmons College, Boston, MA. William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award ($340,000), 2006-2012
Jonathan Martin Dissertation: Stew of Discontent: Middle Class Americans' Economic Populism
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

2000 Ph.D.s

Christian John Churchill Dissertation: The Calling: Bureaucracy, Technology and Ideology in the Telefundraising Industry
Professor, Department of Sociology, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY
Jeany Elson Dissertation: 'Am I Still a Woman?': An Analysis of Gynecological Surgery and Gender Identity
Assistant Professor Emerita, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Mary Godwyn Dissertation: Is Sociological Theory Useful in Cases of Extreme Inequality?" 
Associate Professor, History and Society Division, Babson College, Wellesley, MA
T.L. Taylor Dissertation: Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Environments
Associate Professor, Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Tony Vogt Dissertation: Border Fish: Salmon Crises, Environmental Imaginaries, and the Politics of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Philosophy, Corvallis, OR; Assistant Director of the Spring Creek Project

1999 Ph.D.s

Monisha Das Gupta Dissertation: Identities, Interests and Alternative Spaces: Transnational Perspectives on South Asian Political Participation in the U.S.
Associate Professor, Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Faith Ferguson Dissertation: Kin Keepers and Gatekeepers: Kinship and Family Identity among Single Mothers by Choice
Senior Research Associate, Center on Work and Family, Boston University, Boston, MA
Victoria Pitts Dissertation: Body Strategies: Signifying the Body in Subculture
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY Queens, NY
David Shafer Dissertation: Respiratory Therapists on the Edge: Technology, Professions, and Medical Work
"Wealth Coach" for his own financial strategies consulting firm
Elizabeth Wood Dissertation: Working in the Fantasy Factory: Interaction, Intimacy and the Construction of Power in Strip Clubs
Assistant Professor, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY

1998 Ph.D.s

Amy Agigian Dissertation: Contradictory Conceptions: Lesbian Alternative Insemination
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Suffolk University, Boston MA
Betsy Aron Dissertation: The Ecology of Trade Unionism in New England
Ben Davidson Dissertation: Ecstasy: An Inquiry Into Gay Male Identity and Contemporary Culture
Administrative work, LGBTQ Community Resource Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Cameron Macdonald Dissertation: Working Mothers and Mother-workers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Social Construction of Mothering
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
Angela Thompson Dissertation: Unveiled: The Emotion Work of Wedding Coordinators in the American Wedding Industry
Assistant Professor, Deparment of Sociology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Farzin Vahdat Dissertation: God and the Juggernaut: Iran's Intellectual Encounter with Modernity
Dr. Farzin Vahdat is the chief research officer of the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy (NID). (NID) is a non-profit organization that aims to teach the principles and methods of nonviolence in the process of establishing democracy.

1997 Ph.D.s

Gwenn C. Eylath Dissertation: Marching and Watching: the Sociological Meaning of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Pride March
Harriett Elizabeth Hayes Dissertation: Building a Learning Community: A Case Study of an Independent High School
Marcia R. Hood-Brown (deceased) Dissertation: Making the Impossible Space: Communicative Practice, Radical Feminism, and Prostitution
Robert A. Irwin Dissertation: Hierarchy, Egalitarian Politics, and the Structure and Effectiveness of Social Movement Organizations
Hilary Loring Dissertation: The Power of the Ordinary in Self-Transformation: Theory and Empirical Analysis
Ana Filomena de Fatima Barbosa Monteiro de Macedo Dissertation: Rosa Luxemburg's Contribution to Feminist Critical Thought: A New Conception of Emancipatory Politics