PhD Students in Sociology
Based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews, Rebecca's master's thesis explored the experiences of Mormon feminists navigating their religious and feminist identities. Her varied research and scholarly interests include religion, gender and sexuality, economic sociology, and higher education. She has worked on a number of research projects with Brandeis faculty and colleagues. With Dr. Wendy Cadge, she is exploring the role of college and university chaplains in the modern, diverse environment of higher education, and is aiding in assessment of an interfaith campus chaplaincy training program titled “Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World: Engaging Diversity, Cultivating Connections.” Rebecca is also passionate about LGBTQ topics. She worked collaboratively with a graduate student at the University of Connecticut on the “SWS Lavender Report Card” which evaluated PhD-granting sociology departments in the U.S. on their support of LGBT students. She also collaborated with a fellow Brandeis sociology colleague, Samantha Leonard, to help initiate research toward the creation of the Brandeis LGBTQ Archives located in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Research for this project included locating materials for the archives and conducting oral history interviews with LGBTQ Brandeis alumni.
Thomas' general research interests include science, technology, culture, health, and the environment. 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 biotechnology is (or is not) being integrated into forest conservation and restoration efforts.
Since graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in sociology, Lauren has worked in multiple educational settings, including teaching drawing and painting at an art school for children, working as a para-educator for students with Autism and ADHD, and volunteering in various public school classrooms. She eventually obtained her Social Science teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education at UC Santa Cruz, and taught in History and English in public schools for two years. Informed by her work with students and their families, Lauren is interested in gender, race, and capitalism, and is interested more specifically in the history and comparative study of care work, dispossession of common resources, the family, and reproductive labor under neoliberalism
Before pursuing a career in academia, Sanchita worked in Indian advertising as a strategic planner for five years. Primarily a qualitative methodologist, her research interests revolve around gender and sexuality, enthusiastic sexual consent, pleasure, safety, sexual hierarchies, partner selection, South Asia, caste dynamics and discrimination.
Korey’s interests include sustainability, development, consumption, culture, qualitative coding and mixed methods. His previous work looked at sustainable development efforts in Sikkim, India, to further explore how actors in the region navigate the complex intersection of economic growth and the environment.
Master of Arts (Individualized Study: Artistic Activism), New York University
Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts), New School University
Sarah's research interests include social movements, Sociology of culture, and political Sociology. Prior to arriving at Brandeis, she worked closely with the Center for Artistic Activism as a research fellow and has completed research projects for the British Council and the Urban Democracy Lab. She is currently researching conspiracy theory narratives in US politics and social movement abeyance.
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.
Lijun’s research interests include religion, transnational migration, China and Chinese diaspora, gender and family. Her previous work focused on Christianity among Chinese immigrants in Italy. Before coming to Brandeis, Lijun was a visiting researcher at Boston University for one semester, and worked as a Chinese language teacher at the University of Bologna for four years
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.
Ann's interests include environmental sociology, social movements, community and urban sociology, community based research, and qualitative methods. Prior to attending Brandeis, Ann spent four years as an AmeriCorps member through the Bonner Service Leaders Program. Her current research focuses on the environmental movement with particular attention to the relationships between collective action, narrative, emotion, and climate change.