PhD Recipients, Dissertations, and Positions


2017 Ph.D.s


No students graduated this year

2016 Ph.D.s

Casey Clevenger Dissertation: Women with Hearts as Wide as the World: Gender, Race and Inequality in Women's Transnational Religious Organizations                
Visiting Scholar,
Center for Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame
Brian Fair

Dissertation: Youth Hockey in South Boston: Sport and Community in an Urban Neighborhood

Jennifer Girouard Dissertation: When Law Comes to Town: Participation and Discourse in Fair Share Affordable Housing Hearings
Assistant Professor,
Marlboro College
Diana Schor

Dissertation:  The Hampton Way: Collaborative Governance and Youth Civic Engagement in an American City 
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology, Gordon College


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
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Villanova University


Emily Sigalow

Dissertation: The JUBUs: The Encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America 
Perilman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, Duke University


Caitlin Slodden

Dissertation: Living and Dying with Colorectal Cancer: The Experience and Management of a Mortal Disease                                                                  
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Tufts University

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

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
Department of Health Systems & Policy, School of Public Health, with joint faculty appointment at Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers University

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
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel

2012 Ph.D.s

Meg Lovejoy

Dissertation: Is Hooking Up Empowering for College Women? A Feminist Gramscian Perspective 
Senior Research Associate, Hunter College & Graduate Center, City University of New York

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, Florida State University

2010 Ph.D.s

Alison Better Dissertation: Pleasure for Sale: Feminist Sex Stores
Associate 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
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
Lecturer, Mt. Royal University, Calgary, Canada
Betina Freidin DissertationAcupuncture 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 DissertationUncommon 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 DissertationFrom 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 DissertationNumbering 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 DissertationA Culture of Dementia: Examining Interpersonal Relationships between Elders with Dementia
President, The Vicarage by the Sea

2006 Ph.D.s

Rafael Hernandez-Arias Dissertation: Use of Population Categories as Variables in U.S. Health Research: Furthering Reifications while Hindering Explanations
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
Jennifer Zoltanski Dissertation: The Construction of Rape as a Crime against Humanity: Recognition and Prosecution by the International Crime Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

2005 Ph.D.s

Oliver Benoit Dissertation: Causes of Social Change and Conflict, and the Emergence of a National Consciousness in Grenada
Deborah Cohan Dissertation: Rage and the Sociological Imagination
Mignon Duffy Dissertation: One Hundred Years of Buying Care: Gender, Race, Immigration, and Market Care Work in the Twentieth Century
Anastasia Norton Dissertation: U Da Sembe Fa Aki (We Are People of this Place) Place-Attachment and Belonging: A Saramaka Response to Globalization
Debra Osnowitz Dissertation: Marketing Expertise: The Contingent Experience of Contract Professionals

2004 Ph.D.s

Tobin Belzer Dissertation: Jewish Identity at Work
Sadhana Bery Dissertation: Evidentiary Whiteness: The Re/Production of White Praxis
Karen Werner Dissertation: A Sociology of Contemporary Activist Art (1990-2003)

2003 Ph.D.s

Lawrence Holcomb Dissertation: Revisiting Race: Toward An Analytic Social-Psychological Approach to Racial Construction
Mathew Johnson Dissertation: Social Class and Cultural (Re)production in Higher Education: An Ethnographic Look at the Culture of Student Affairs Offices
Christa Kelleher Dissertation: Postpartum Matters: Women's Experiences of Medical Surveillance, Time and Support After Birth
Katrin Kriz Dissertation: Welfare States and Emotional Risk: Family Policy Gaps and Childcare Maintenance by Employed Mothers in Britain, Germany and Sweden

2002 Ph.D.s

Kathleen Jenkins Dissertation: 'Awesome Families': Reforming Family in the International Churches of Christ

2001 Ph.D.s

Valerie Leiter Dissertation: Gentle Intrusions: Family-Centered Care in Early Intervention
Jonathan Martin Dissertation: Stew of Discontent: Middle Class Americans' Economic Populism

2000 Ph.D.s

Christian John Churchill Dissertation: The Calling: Bureaucracy, Technology and Ideology in the Telefundraising Industry
Jeany Elson Dissertation: 'Am I Still a Woman?': An Analysis of Gynecological Surgery and Gender Identity
Mary Godwyn Dissertation: Is Sociological Theory Useful in Cases of Extreme Inequality?" 
T.L. Taylor Dissertation: Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Environments
Tony Vogt Dissertation: Border Fish: Salmon Crises, Environmental Imaginaries, and the Politics of Sustainability

1999 Ph.D.s

Monisha Das Gupta Dissertation: Identities, Interests and Alternative Spaces: Transnational Perspectives on South Asian Political Participation in the U.S.
Faith Ferguson Dissertation: Kin Keepers and Gatekeepers: Kinship and Family Identity among Single Mothers by Choice
Victoria Pitts Dissertation: Body Strategies: Signifying the Body in Subculture
David Shafer Dissertation: Respiratory Therapists on the Edge: Technology, Professions, and Medical Work
Elizabeth Wood Dissertation: Working in the Fantasy Factory: Interaction, Intimacy and the Construction of Power in Strip Clubs

1998 Ph.D.s

Amy Agigian Dissertation: Contradictory Conceptions: Lesbian Alternative Insemination
Betsy Aron Dissertation: The Ecology of Trade Unionism in New England
Ben Davidson Dissertation: Ecstasy: An Inquiry Into Gay Male Identity and Contemporary Culture
Cameron Macdonald Dissertation: Working Mothers and Mother-workers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Social Construction of Mothering
Angela Thompson Dissertation: Unveiled: The Emotion Work of Wedding Coordinators in the American Wedding Industry
Farzin Vahdat Dissertation: God and the Juggernaut: Iran's Intellectual Encounter with Modernity

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