PhD Students in Sociology
Julia's interests include medical sociology, aging, death and dying, and the family. Her dissertation research examines end-of-life decision-making and family experiences of bereavement.
Becky's interests include religion, feminism, identity, gender and sexuality. Becky is currently investigating religious identity negotiations among Mormon feminists. She is pursuing a doctorate in Sociology, and a joint master's in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University
Thomas' general research interests include science, technology, health, and culture. His previous work focused on psychiatric attitudes towards the promise of neuroimaging in clinical practice. He is currently working on a project that examines how lab scientists integrate multiple levels of analysis to theoretically model sense perception.
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.
Jing's general research interests include sociology of art and culture, sociology of education, inequality, globalization, and nationalism, particularly cultural nationalism and postcolonial nationalism.
She is also pursuing the joint MA in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at Brandeis. Before coming to Brandeis, Samantha served as a Youth Development worker with the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean and has worked for several years in the U.S. in direct services, primarily in foster care and domestic violence counseling/advocacy. Her research interests include gender/sexuality, cultural sociology, violence/trauma, community, and creative practices in social movements/social change.
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.
Casey's research interests include social innovation and social entrepreneurship, social policy, economic sociology, and political sociology. Her previous research was around systems mapping, design thinking, and social innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly within the context of workforce and economic development in West Michigan.
Alex is a PhD candidate whose work focuses on innovation, professions and organizational culture. Her dissertation explores how professional labor market experiences impact firm innovation. Her previous research examined how sociology can be used as a strategy to support the long-term unemployed. Her work in this area has led to the recognition of the Obama administration and the successful formation of The Institute for Career Transitions. Alex also focuses on several topics within medical sociology, and continues to research the connection between health, technology and environments. She is a passionate qualitative researcher who is currently conducting ethnographic research in Chicago, Illinois, and an experiential educator who motivates her students to achieve at their highest potential.
For her recent publications, please visit Alex's website.
Ann's interests include environmental sociology, community development, social policy, public sociology, and qualitative methods. Prior to attending Brandeis, Ann spent four years as an AmeriCorps member through the Bonner Service Leaders Program. She is currently working on research regarding deliberative democracy, the environmental justice movement, and the concept of local knowledge.
PhD Students in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Rachel's research interests include religion in emerging adulthood, Jewish culture and the arts, and gender and sexuality. Rachel has previously conducted research on new Jewish leadership, Jewish education, and gender and American Jewish families. She has published on images of young Jewish women in television and film, and the gendered division of household and religious labor in Jewish families. She is currently working on her dissertation research investigating the cultural and ethnic connections of Jewish young adults in their 20s and 30s and the relationships that impact Jewish identity during this life phase.
PhD Students in Sociology and Heller School for Social Policy
Kim's research interests fall at the intersection of sociology, economics, and social policy; she studies women in the workforce with a focus on low-wage work and volunteer organizations. Her dissertation will uncover and explore the business and labor practices used by self-employed careworkers, and it will address the issue of turnover in early childhood education. Other projects include an ethnographic study of subcultures, organizations, and market economics in modern roller derby and a qualitative interview project on family child care providers' perceptions of education regulations. Kim is currently the Civic Research Director at the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston.
Rachel's general research interests include environmental sociology, community and urban sociology, sustainability, housing, environmental justice, and disaster and risk. Current projects examine how sustainability plans and affordable housing policies are coordinated, developed, and implemented at multiple levels of government. Rachel has also been working with the National Fire Protection Association to study disaster preparedness, response practices, inter-agency collaboration, and community risk reduction in wildland-urban interfaces around the country.