PhD Students in Sociology
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.
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.
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.
Margaret's research interests include religion, gender/sexuality, culture, and social movements. Her dissertation focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ women and genderqueer clergy within their congregations. She has previously researched prayer in the United States Congress with Wendy Cadge and Laura Olson, and atheists' views of sexuality with Tom Linneman. Margaret is currently employed as a Researcher at Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm focused on recruiting diverse leadership for higher education and mission driven nonprofits.
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.
PhD Students in Sociology and Heller School for Social Policy
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.
MA Students in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies Program
Anne Marie Foley graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Political Science. Her research over the past three years has focused on human trafficking rhetoric, laws, and representation in the United States and more recently India’s temple girls. Anne Marie’s other research interests include women in religion, migration, American Sign Language and violence.