PhD Recipients, Dissertations, and Positions


Julia Bandini

Dissertation Title: Beyond the Hour of Death: End-of-Life Decision Making and Family Experiences of Grief and Bereavement

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist, Rand Corporation

Alexandria Vasquez

Dissertation TitleMisfit: The Impact of Mismatched Jobs on Creative Workers and the Organizations that Employ Them

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Social and Historical Studies, Mills College

Rachel Minkin
Dissertation TitleConstructing Jewish Lives: Emerging Adults and the Jewish Cultural Toolkit


Alexis Mann

Dissertation Title: The Geography of Middle Class Economic Security: Does Location Matter?

Program Associate, John T. Gorman Foundation 

Rachel Madsen

Dissertation Title: Affordable Housing's Place in Regional Sustainability: How Local Dynamics Affect Policy Implementation and Pursuits of Social Equity

Founder and President, MtM Collaborative Partners 

Catherine Tan

Dissertation Title: Challenging Autism: Exploration of the Neurodiversity and Alternative Biomedical Movements

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Southern Connecticut State (tenure-track). 

Sara Chaganti

Dissertation Title: Ready for Work: Preparing Low-Income Adults for Work through Job Readiness Training

Senior Policy Analyst, Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Jaleh Jalili

Dissertation TitleReady for Work: Preparing Low-Income Adults for Work through Job Readiness Training

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Oberlin College

Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University


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

Dissertation: When Law Comes to Town: Participation and Discourse in Fair Share Affordable Housing Hearings

Assistant Professor, Marlboro College

Dissertation: The Hampton Way: Collaborative Governance and Youth Civic Engagement in an American City

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Compass Program, Merrimack College.


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

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


Nicole S. Fox

Dissertation:  "It Is Here That I Remember My Beloved": Memorials and Commemorations in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Assistant Professor in the division of criminal justice, California State University Sacramento.

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

Dissertation: Extending Psychotrophic Medication Oversight for Children in Foster Care: A Sociological and Econometric Examination of State Monitoring Mechanisms

Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health.
Core Faculty, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dissertation: Managing Food Allergies, Preserving Childhoods

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado College

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


Dana Zarhin

Dissertation: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a patient contested disease: Pathways to and away from medicalization"

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.


Meg Lovejoy

Dissertation: Is Hooking Up Empowering for College Women? A Feminist Gramscian Perspective 

Research program director, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Guy Abutbul Selinger

Dissertation: The Construction of Ethnic Subjects in the Israeli Middle Class

Head of the Undergraduate Program, School of Behavioral Sciences and Psychology- College of Management, Israel.

Dissertation: Foreclosure Through the Eyes of Real Estate Agents in Boston: An Institutional Ethnography

Associate, 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


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

Dissertation: Expanding the Reproductive Body: The Emergence of Preconception Care, 1980-2010

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida State University


Dissertation: Pleasure for Sale: Feminist Sex Stores

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

Dissertation: Youth Empowering Youth: Collective Processes in Making Independent Media

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Dissertation: Negotiating Identity: Elite Institutions, Low Income First generation College Students, and Their Parents

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA


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

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

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


Dissertation: W. I. Thomas and the Sociology of Sex Differences

Lecturer, Mt. Royal University, Calgary, Canada

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


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


Rafael Hernandez-Arias

DissertationUse of Population Categories as Variables in U.S. Health Research: Furthering Reifications while Hindering Explanations

Paul Hess

DissertationBureaucracy versus Total Quality Management: A Sociological Theory of Classing Systems

DissertationCulture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity

Jennifer Zoltanski

DissertationThe Construction of Rape as a Crime against Humanity: Recognition and Prosecution by the International Crime Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia


Oliver Benoit

Dissertation: Causes of Social Change and Conflict, and the Emergence of a National Consciousness in Grenada

Deborah Cohan

DissertationRage and the Sociological Imagination

Mignon Duffy

DissertationOne Hundred Years of Buying Care: Gender, Race, Immigration, and Market Care Work in the Twentieth Century

Anastasia Norton

DissertationU Da Sembe Fa Aki (We Are People of this Place) Place-Attachment and Belonging: A Saramaka Response to Globalization

Debra Osnowitz

DissertationMarketing Expertise: The Contingent Experience of Contract Professionals


Tobin Belzer

DissertationJewish Identity at Work

Sadhana Bery

DissertationEvidentiary Whiteness: The Re/Production of White Praxis

Karen Werner

DissertationA Sociology of Contemporary Activist Art (1990-2003)


Lawrence Holcomb

DissertationRevisiting Race: Toward An Analytic Social-Psychological Approach to Racial Construction

Mathew Johnson

DissertationSocial Class and Cultural (Re)production in Higher Education: An Ethnographic Look at the Culture of Student Affairs Offices

Christa Kelleher

DissertationPostpartum Matters: Women's Experiences of Medical Surveillance, Time and Support After Birth

Katrin Kriz

DissertationWelfare States and Emotional Risk: Family Policy Gaps and Childcare Maintenance by Employed Mothers in Britain, Germany and Sweden


Kathleen Jenkins

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


Valerie Leiter

DissertationGentle Intrusions: Family-Centered Care in Early Intervention

Jonathan Martin

DissertationStew of Discontent: Middle Class Americans' Economic Populism


Christian John Churchill

DissertationThe 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

DissertationIs Sociological Theory Useful in Cases of Extreme Inequality?"

T.L. Taylor

DissertationLiving Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Environments

Tony Vogt

DissertationBorder Fish: Salmon Crises, Environmental Imaginaries, and the Politics of Sustainability


Monisha Das Gupta

DissertationIdentities, Interests and Alternative Spaces: Transnational Perspectives on South Asian Political Participation in the U.S.

Faith Ferguson

DissertationKin Keepers and Gatekeepers: Kinship and Family Identity among Single Mothers by Choice

Victoria Pitts

DissertationBody Strategies: Signifying the Body in Subculture

David Shafer

DissertationRespiratory Therapists on the Edge: Technology, Professions, and Medical Work

Elizabeth Wood

DissertationWorking in the Fantasy Factory: Interaction, Intimacy and the Construction of Power in Strip Clubs


Amy Agigian

DissertationContradictory Conceptions: Lesbian Alternative Insemination

Betsy Aron

DissertationThe Ecology of Trade Unionism in New England

Ben Davidson

DissertationEcstasy: An Inquiry Into Gay Male Identity and Contemporary Culture

Cameron Macdonald

DissertationWorking Mothers and Mother-workers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Social Construction of Mothering

Angela Thompson

DissertationUnveiled: The Emotion Work of Wedding Coordinators in the American Wedding Industry

Farzin Vahdat

DissertationGod and the Juggernaut: Iran's Intellectual Encounter with Modernity


Gwenn C. Eylath

DissertationMarching and Watching: the Sociological Meaning of the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Pride March

Harriett Elizabeth Hayes

DissertationBuilding a Learning Community: A Case Study of an Independent High School

Marcia R. Hood-Brown (deceased)

DissertationMaking the Impossible Space: Communicative Practice, Radical Feminism, and Prostitution

Robert A. Irwin

DissertationHierarchy, Egalitarian Politics, and the Structure and Effectiveness of Social Movement Organizations

Hilary Loring

DissertationThe Power of the Ordinary in Self-Transformation: Theory and Empirical Analysis

Ana Filomena de Fatima Barbosa Monteiro de Macedo

DissertationRosa Luxemburg's Contribution to Feminist Critical Thought: A New Conception of Emancipatory Politics