Graduate Students in Sociology
Ph.D. Students in Sociology
BA, sociology, minor in French (College of the Holy Cross). Julia’s interests include medical sociology, aging, gender, and the family. Her previous research on widowerhood examined the gendered experiences of young widowers from the Harvard Bereavement Study of the late-1960s. Julia’s undergraduate thesis evaluated the growing trend of medical tourism in a global world.
BS, neuroscience and BA, music (Muhlenberg College). MA, social science (University of Chicago). Thomas' general research interests include science, knowledge, and technology studies and medical sociology. His master's thesis focused on psychiatrists' attitudes towards the promise of neuroimaging and the reconceptualization of autism they perceive as a result of these technologies. Complicating the application of neuroimaging within a clinical setting are concrete differences in the knowledge and problem space of practitioners on the one hand and researchers on the other. Nevertheless, that autism involves complex selves embedded in a cultural context highlights the need for collaboration between disciplines, technologies of healing, and clinicians.
BA, sociology and religious studies (The College of William & Mary). Margaret's research interests include religion, social movements, sexualities and gender. She has previously researched liberal religious leaders' responses to Proposition 8 in California (the 2008 ballot initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman) and the relationships between atheism and sexualities.
BA, comparative history of ideas (University of Washington). MA, public policy and women's studies (George Washington University). Prior to attending Brandeis, Casey worked at the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, D.C. where she was awarded the 2007-2008 IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Policy Research. Casey's general research interests include sociology of gender, sociology of culture and religion, and political sociology. Her current projects focus on service and community engagement among emerging adults; immigration, religion, and the social service sector; and intersections between social activism and religious vocation.
BA, English literature (Wesleyan University). Brian's general interests are gender, culture, medical sociology and work. He has done ethnographic research on high school wrestling and wrestlers' constructions of masculinity. He has also published on the intersection of religion and health, and the diagnostic processes associated with the contested illness known as Morgellons. His dissertation research explores the relationship between sport and community in different neighborhoods in the city of Boston.
Nicole Schuldeberg Fox
BA, women's studies and African American studies (University of California, Davis). MA, gender and global studies (State University of New York at Buffalo). Nicky's general interests include the sociology of gender, social movements, nationalism and the sociology of violence. Her present research includes projects analyzing post-conflict zones, particularly post-genocide communities. Nicky's master's thesis was on the intergenerational transmission of trauma and memory in the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Her current project is on Rwandan genocide survivors and how memory, commemoration and religion function in the process of reconciliation.
BA, sociology (Marlboro College). Jennifer's main areas of interest include political sociology, sociology of culture, sociology of law and communities of place.
BS, industrial and labor relations (Cornell University). MS, Labor studies (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). She is interested in the intersections of gender and union organizing in the contemporary U.S. labor movement. Her previous work looked at organizing among family child-care providers. She is currently working on completing QPDs in social movements, gender and work and occupations.
BA, architecture. MA, urban and regional planning (University of Tehran). Among her interests are social movements and social change, community and urban sociology, sociology of gender and historical sociology.
BA, sociology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). MA, sociology (University of North Carolina at Greensboro). Rachel’s general research interests include environmental sociology, political sociology, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social and economic inequality. Her master’s thesis examined how politics, race, and social movement organization influenced a controversy over reopening a municipal landfill in Greensboro, NC. She is currently co-authoring a book on the recovery of inequality in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
BA history (Oberlin College 2009). Prior to attending Brandeis Nicholas taught reading and social studies as a member of Teach For America in Chicago and Gary, Indiana. Nicholas' interests include race and class based inequalities, educational inequality, as well as social movements and social change.
Vanesa Lopes Munoz
BA, international studies and BA, Spanish, summa cum laude (Emory University). MA, sociology (University of Maryland College Park). After graduating from Emory, Vanessa moved to Washington D.C. to work in health policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families & Pro-Choice Virginia. She was awarded a two-year research fellowship at the University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, where she conducted research on health disparities. Her current research interests include medical sociology, sociology of gender, sociology of the family, and work/occupations.
Caitlin Orlandella Slodden
BA, anthropology and women's, gender, and sexuality studies (Colby College 2004). MA, American civilization (Brown University 2006). Caitlin's areas of interest include medical sociology, death and dying, gender and family, and emotional labor. She is currently researching hospice organizations and the causes and consequences of the medicalization and professionalization of death and dying. Her dissertation will explore dying as a social process, with particular focus given to the ways in which it is managed and organized by various death care professionals.
BA, sociology/Latin American studies (Wesleyan University), MA, sociology (The University of Chicago). Tito's general research interests include race/ethnicity, popular culture, Latin America/Latino cultural production, stratification, inequality, globalization, critical pedagogy, and gender/sexuality studies. While at Wesleyan Tito was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and the recipient of the Janina Montero Prize for outstanding activism and commitment to the Latino community. His current research explores the formation and proliferation of tourism in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and the central role that race plays in the construction of the tourist market. His work investigates how racialized cultural activities are marketed by the tourism industry as "authentic" to promote tourism to Salvador and the ways in which conceptions of blackness and citizenship are challenged and (re)negotiated. Tito is also a full- time volunteer and coordinator for the International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), a not-for-profit organization that prepares African American and Latino secondary students to assume active leadership roles in their community and global society. As a group leader with IYLI, Tito has traveled with high school students to several countries in Africa and Latin America.
BA, sociology (University of California, San Diego). MA, sociology (Columbia University). Catherine’s interests include medical sociology, social stratification, and science, knowledge & technology. Her previous work examined how therapy providers maintain a sense of efficacy despite medical uncertainty.
BA, Liberal Arts (New School). MS, Sociology (Virginia Commonwealth University). Alex's interests are within theory, economic sociology, medical sociology and health, public sociology and social change, design, and data visualization. She is currently working on research that examines the role of the Internet in the job searching process. Visit her Academia.edu page at: http://brandeis.academia.edu/
Ph.D. Students in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology with minor in Mathematics (Swarthmore College) and M.A. Jewish History (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel). Emily's research focuses on the sociology of religion, gender, and culture, particularly as related to contemporary Jewish life. Her dissertation project explores the historical and contemporary intersections of Judaism and Buddhism in America and asks broader questions about how multiple religious beliefs, practices, and identities get constructed and how religions interact and coalesce in everyday life. Her previous research has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Research Circle on Democracy and Pluralism, and the Tauber Institute. For more information about Emily's current and past research, see www.emilysigalow.com.
BA, Jewish studies (University of Virginia). MA, near eastern and Judaic studies and women’s and gender studies (Brandeis University). Rachel’s research interests include emerging adulthood and Jewish young professionals, Jewish culture and the arts, and gender and sexuality. Rachel has worked as a research assistant on projects examining new Jewish leadership, Jewish education, and gender and American Jewish families.
Ph.D Students in Sociology and Heller School for Social Policy
BA, anthropology (Yale University), MS, law, policy and society (Northeastern University), MA, social policy (Heller School, Brandeis University). Sara’s interests include the sociology of work, culture, and the intersection of race and gender. Sara is particularly interested in racial disparities in employment outcomes, and the experience of minorities in service sector work. Sara is pursuing a joint doctorate in sociology and social policy, and works as a research assistant in the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at The Heller School.
Kimberly D. Lucas
BA, psychology and sociology (University of California, Los Angeles). MA, child development and urban and environmental policy and planning (Tufts University). MA, social policy (Brandeis University). Kim's research interests fall at the intersection of sociology, economics, and social policy; she studies organizations development of demand-side workforce development strategies in low-wage sectors. Her dissertation will explore how state policies, organizational structure, and community resources converge to provide support to early childhood educators as they develop their knowledge and skills. Other projects include an ethnographic study of subcultures, organizations, and market economics in modern roller derby. Currently, Kim works as the Senior Research Associate at BostonEQUIP.
BA, psychology and French studies (Wesleyan University, CT). MPH (Boston University School of Public Health). MA in social policy (Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University). Tom's general interests include the sociology of health and illness, sociology of public health, organizational theory and behavior, and mixed-research methods. His ongoing research explores the use of psychotropic medications among children and youth in the child welfare system, and state-level systems for coordinating healthcare to children in out-of-home placements.
BA, public policy and photography (Hamilton College, NY). Degree in documentary photography (The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, ME) and is a joint Ph.D student with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Alexis's general interests include urban sociology, sociology of work and occupation, community development and mixed-research methods. Her ongoing research explores the intersection of occupation, class and gender.
BA, social work and political studies (Gordon College, MA). MA, sustainable international development (Brandeis University). MA, social policy (Brandeis University). Diana's QPD areas include the sociology of youth and social movements. Her current dissertation work focuses on youth civic engagement and climate change.
MPP, (Brandeis University). BS, psychology (Birmingham-Southern College). Allison is pursing a joint Ph.D. in social policy and sociology with the Heller School. Allison’s research interests include youth civic engagement, policy design and political voice, and participatory research methods. She has previously served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, and completed internships and consultancies with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).
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BA, sociology & American studies (Wesleyan University). MA, sociology (Boston College). MA, social policy (Brandeis University). Rebekah's interests include social inequality, aging and long term care, work-family balance, the sociology of marriage and family, health policy and research methods. Her MA thesis entailed an ethnographic study of in home elder care providers and she has co-authored articles published in Gender & Society (2007) and the Gerontologist (2008). Rebekah is the recipient of an Altman Fellowship in Health Policy and has worked as a research associate for projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Metro-West Foundation, Commonwealth Fund and Ford Foundation.
M.A. Students in Sociology
BA, psychology (Boston University). Talia’s current research interests include trends in higher education and disability studies. Her previous research has included analysis of the religiosity of college and university professors as well as representations of disability in musical theater. Her other interests include sociology of education and sociology of culture.
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BA, Sociology (Rice University). Semra's research interests include immigration, work, gender, entrepreneurship, immigrant political participation, and reproductive rights & policy.
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Consuelo Alexandra Revis
BA Political Science, concentration International Relations (Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus). Alex is interested in the way culture, religion, politics and gender perpetuate unequal access to employment, education and health care. Her previous research has included an analysis of how contemporary dynamics between politics and religion have defined the rights of women in Spain and an assessment of the situation of migrant workers and their rights in Thailand.
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M.A. Students in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies Program
B.A. in Women’s Studies, B.A. in Sociology (University of Massachusetts Boston, 2013). Stephanie’s focus is on the intersection of gender, body, and sexuality (especially when complicated by race and religion), and accesses to their socially constructed identities. Her undergraduate Women’s Studies Honors Thesis examined management of gender identity by transsexuals from within an arrested gender transition.
BA, sociology and anthropology with minor in women’s/gender studies(Elon University, 2011). Aly’s interests encompass gender, LGBTQI identities and movements, intersectionality, identity, embodiment, and social theory. Her previous research includes embodied approaches to transgenderism, experiences of LGBTQ-identified atheists, and an undergraduate thesis on feminine nerd identities.
Sierra Amber Schnable
BS in Sociology, minors in women's studies, political science, and dance (Wilson College, PA). Sierra is interested in issues of gender, deviance, performance, and mass media. Her recent research focused on the connections between women's colleges, feminist consciousness, and community activism.
BA, Sociology (Hamilton College, 2011). Caty's previous research has focused on feminist thought and gender roles in Colombia, alternative food movements in Central New York, and family planning policies in Central and Eastern Europe. She currently leads a volunteer performance organization that establishes testimonial theatre for women in various communities. Her areas of interest include masculinity, gender performance, sexual health education, and testimonial theatre as a form of feminist activism.