Ph.D. Alumnae and Alumni

Our Ph.D. graduates have taken academic and policy positions, and work for a diverse set of employers.  Recent academic placements include:  Belmont University, Concordia University (Chicago), Dartmouth College,  Florida State University, Hofstra University, Michigan State University, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Singapore Management University, Sonoma State University, University of California at Merced, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Washington University.  They also work for policy and private business employers, such as The Advisory Board Company, Center for American Progress, and Cygnus Applied Research.

Ph.D GRADUATES

2016

BENJAMIN D. TYNDALL
CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
PHD DATE: 2016; CHAIR: André Christie-Mizell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Neighborhood Perceptions and Well-being across the Early Life Course.”

TAYLOR HARGROVE
CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral, Department of Sociology and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PHD DATE: 2016; CHAIR: Tyson Brown
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Different Shades of Health: Understanding How Race, Skin Color, Gender, and Social Class Intersect to Shape Health across the Life Course.”

ERIKA LESLIE
PHD DATE: 2016; CHAIR: André Christie-Mizell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Racial and Ethnic Variation in Racial Group Identity, Psychosocial Resources, and Health.”

2015

KATHERINE EVERHART
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Northern Arizona University
PHD DATE: 2015; CHAIR: Richard Lloyd
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Everything but the Funnel Cake: Creative Protest and the University of Puerto Rico Student Occupation of 2010.”

JONATHAN S. COLEY
CURRENT POSITION: Starting Fall 2016, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Monmouth College
PHD DATE: 2015; CHAIR: Larry Isaac
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Varieties of Activism: Pathways of Participation among LGBT Religious Activists.”

KATE PRIDE BROWN
CURRENT POSITION: Starting Fall 2016, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology
PHD DATE: 2015; CHAIR: Richard D. Lloyd
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Saving the Sacred Sea: Baikal Environmentalism from Iron Curtain to Global Modernity”

HELENA DAGADU
CURRENT POSITION: Endowed Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
PHD Date: 2015; CHAIR:C. André Christie-Mizell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Placing a Health Equity Lens on Non-Communicable Diseases: Origin and Destination Considerations.”

EBONY DUNCAN
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Education, Washington University in St. Louis
PHD DATE: 2015; CHAIR: Katharine M. Donato
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Color of Change? Race and Charter Schools in an Age of Neoliberal Education Reform”

HEATHER KETTREY
CURRENT POSITION: Research Assistant, Peabody Research Institute
PHD Date 2015; CHAIR: Laura M. Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “It ‘Just Happened’ One Night: Gender Norms and Consent to Unwanted Sexual Activity on College Hookups.”

CARLY RUSH
CURRENT POSITION: Advanced Analytics Analyst, Insights & Analytics, Brookdale
PHD Date: 2015; CHAIR: Shaul Kelner
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Outsiders Within: Cochlear Implants, Oralism, and the Politics of Life In Between the Deaf and Hearing Worlds.”

JARRETT A. THIBODEAUX
CURRENT POSITION: Temporary Assistant Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University
PHD Date: 2015; Richard Lloyd
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Market Inscribed Landscape: City and Industry Causes of Food Deserts”

COURTNEY S. THOMAS
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American & Africana Studies, University of Kentucky
PHD Date: 2015; CHAIR: R. Jay Turner
DISSERTATION TITLE: “
More than Discrimination: The Significance of Race-Based Stress and Racial Identity for the Mental Health of Black Americans.”

2014

WHITNEY LASTER
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California – Merced
PHD DATE: 2014; CHAIR: Tony N. Brown
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Racial Limbo: A Systematic Study of the History of Coloured South Africans and their Contemporary Attitudes, Perceptions of Deprivation, and Racial Identifications”

BLAKE SISK
CURRENT POSITION: Analyst, dunnhumby, Chicago, IL
PHD DATE: 2014; CHAIR: Katharine M. Donato
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Playing Catch-Up: Legalization and the Labor Market Trajectories of Unauthorized Latin American Immigrants”

SAMUEL SHAW
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Program in American Studies
PHD DATE: 2014; CHAIR: Daniel B. Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Off Center: Art Careers in Peripheral Places”

MARY T.L. BELL
CURRENT POSITION: Inventory and Sales Analyst, Wags and Whiskers
PHD DATE: 2014; CHAIR: C. Andre Christie-Mizell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Risk Orientation and Risk-Taking Behavior: The Impact of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Mental Health and Substance Use in Young Adulthood”

2013

ERIN REHEL
CURRENT POSITION: Consultant, International Research and Insights, The Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC
PHD DATE: 2013; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Welfare States and Play Dates: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Canada and the United States”

WILL HALE
CURRENT POSITION: Adjunct Professor, Belmont University
PHD DATE: 2013; CHAIR: R. J. Turner
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Sexual Orientation and Health-Related Outcomes: How Victimization Stressors Explain the Increased Risk Faced by Sexual Minorities”

2012

DAN MORRISON
CURRENT POSITION: Research Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
PHD DATE: 2012; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Body, Self, Device: Nonhuman Objects and Human Identity”

YANG GAO
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Singapore Management University
PHD DATE: 2012; CHAIR: Steven Tepper
DISSERTATION TITLE: “TV Talk: American Television, Chinese Audiences and the Pursuit of an Authentic Self”

2010

HARMONY NEWMAN
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
PHD DATE: 2010; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Constructions of Risk: Strategic Framing in Breastfeeding Discourses”

DAMIAN WILLIAMS
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Concordia University (Chicago)
PHD DATE: 2010; CHAIR: Richard Lloyd
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Down and Out in Music City: The Urban Structuration of Homelessness”

2009

LYNDI HEWITT
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Asheville
PHD DATE: 2009; CHAIR: Holly McCammon
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Politics of Transnational Feminist Discourse: Framing Across Differences, Building Solidarities”

EMILY TANNER-SMITH
CURRENT POSITION: Research Assistant Professor, Peabody Institute
PHD DATE: 2009; CHAIR: Tony Brown
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Pubertal Development and Substance Use Among Adolescent Girls: The Importance of Social Interactions and Social Context”

HAIHONG WANG
CURRENT POSITION: Research and Client Services Associate, Cygnus Applied Research
PHD DATE: 2009; CHAIR: Dan Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE: ” ‘I Love You, So I Choose to Not Be with You’ : The Practice of Transnational Parenting among Chinese Immigrant Families”

2008

SOMA CHAUDHURI
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Tempest in a Tea-Pot: an Analysis of Contemporary Witch Hunts in the Tea Plantations of India”

JOSHUA PACKARD
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Richard Pitt
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Organizational Structure, Religious Belief, and Resistance: The Emerging Church”

HEATHER TALLEY
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Monica Casper
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Face Work: Cultural, Technical, and Surgical Interventions for Facial ‘Disfigurement’ ”

SHEILA KATZ
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, University of Houston
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE: Pursuing a ‘Reformed’ Dream: CalWORKS Mothers in Higher Education after Ending Welfare as We Know It”

GEORGE SANDERS
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Oakland University
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Jennifer Lena
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Late Capital: Negotiating a New American Way of Death”

COURTNEY MUSE
CURRENT POSITION: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer, Center for Medicine, Health & Society
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Holly McCammon
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Elephant in the Room: Organizational Framing and Personal and Collective Identity Conflicts Resolution Among Log Cabin Republicans”

LAURIE WOODS
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer, Department of Sociology
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Sometimes It’s Personal: Hate Crime Prosecution in California”

2007

ALICIA BONAPARTE
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Pitzer College
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Persecution and Prosecution of Granny Midwives in South Carolina, 1900-1940″

STEVE LEE
CURRENT POSITION: Research Analyst, CNA Corporation
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Daniel Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Musical Stratification: Explaining the Aesthetic Mobility of Music Genres”

SHELBY PANNELL LONGARD
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor and Chair, Belmont University
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Mothers and Daughters: The Creation and Contestation of Beauty and Femininity”

TERESA TERRELL
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Holly McCammon
DISSERTATION TITLE: “We Live Here and We Don’t Think It’s a Bad Neighborhood: How Leadership Influences Participation in Birmingham’s Inner-City, African-American Neighborhood Associations”

ASHLEY THOMPSON
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Southern Identity: The Meaning, Practice and Importance of a Regional Identity”

GABRIELLE CHAPMAN
CURRENT POSITION: Research Associate, Peabody Research Institute
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Gary Jensen and Walter Gove
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Application of Theory to Intervention: The Intersection of Theories of Deviance and Juvenile Delinquency Intervention Programs?

MARIA TEMPENIS SHELLEY
CURRENT POSITION:
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: George Becker
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Take It Like a Man: A Study of Men’s Emotional Culture”

2006

KEN SPRING
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics for the College of Arts and Sciences, Belmont University
PHD DATE: 2006; CHAIR: Gary Jensen and Richard Peterson
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Regularization of Risk in Music Scenes”

LYNN HAMPTON
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Student Affairs Administration, Leaders in Higher Education Student Affairs, Northeast Region
PHD DATE: 2006; CHAIR: Daniel Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Crossing Boundaries and Bridging Barriers: The Socio-Cultural Processes that Foster the Formation of Social Capital for Youth.”

RANAE J. EVENSON
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University
PHD DATE: 2006; CHAIR: Peggy Thoits and Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE: ”Adolescent Identity Processes and Mental Health.”

CHRISTINE MOWERY
CURRENT POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
PHD DATE: 2006; CHAIR: Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE: “A Re-examination of the Resource Mobilization Framework: The Impact of National Resources on State Suffrage Outcomes.”

AMY STINTON
CURRENT POSITION:
PHD DATE: 2006; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE: “The Causes and Consequences of Running Away: What Difference Does Gender Make?”

CONFERRED (2003 – 2005)

TERRIE SPETALNICK
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer, Department of Sociology
PHD DATE: 2005; CHAIR: Holly McCammon
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “When Can Citizen Agents Influence Policy? A Time-Series Regression Analysis of Advocacy Groups’ Efforts to Increase U.S. Federal Monetary Support of Child Care, 1964-2001.”

MELISSA SLOAN
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
PHD DATE: 2005; CHAIR: Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “There Is No Happiness at Work!”: The Performance and Consequences of Emotion Management in the Workplace.”

CYNTHIA GANOTE
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Hopeful Action: A Qualitative Explication of Social Capital Processes Utilized for Neighborhood-Based Social Change.”

PAMELA HULL
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Walter Gove and Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Race, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood Effects on Adolescent Well-Being.”

JANELLE LEE
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Peggy Thoits
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Chinese American Female Identity.”

BETTY (MCCALL) MCLAIN
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Lycoming College
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Daniel Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Client Ascendancy: The Impact of Patient Characteristics on Physician Income.”

CARRIE LEE SMITH
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Millersville State University
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Karen Campbell
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Women’s Work or Medical Work?: The Role of Empathy in Obstetrician-Gynecologists’ Claims of Expertise.”

KOJI UENO
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Florida State University
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Karen Campbell and Peggy Thoits
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Friendship Integration and Adolescent Mental Health.”

LORI WESTPHAL
CURRENT POSITION: Program Evaluator, Tobacco Prevention Program, Florida Deparment of Health
PHD DATE: 2004; CHAIR: Peggy Thoits
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Cancer Support Groups as Subcultural Phenomena.”

MARY ELLEN HILL
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Researcher, Center for Rural and Northern Health Research, Lakehead University
PHD DATE: 2003; CHAIR: Peggy Thoits
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “How Support Groups Work: Exploring the Role of Support Groups as a Community-Based Response for Cancer Patients in Northern Ontario.”

MARY KARPOS
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Tennessee State University
PHD DATE: 2003; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Determinants of the Uniform Crime Report Rape Rate: Organizational Influences on the Founding Process.”

ROSEVELT NOBLE
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
PHD DATE: 2003; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “”Race Matters: Black Rage in the American Prison System.”

CONFERRED (2002-Prior)

JAMES A. WILSON
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Programmer for Russell Sage Foundation
PHD DATE: 2001

DIANA JONES
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Western Washington University
PHD DATE: 2001

NANCY L. MALCOM
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University
PHD DATE: 2001

ROGER KERNSMITH
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Eastern Michigan University
PHD DATE: 2001

ELLEN GRANBERG
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Clemson University
PHD DATE: 2001

JOANNE C. SANDBERG
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine
PHD DATE: 2000

MELINDA D. KANE
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
PHD DATE: 2000

JOSEPHINE AKOSUA ADOMAKO AMPOFO
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
PHD DATE: 2000

RYAN L. TYLER
CURRENT POSITION: Director of Research, Loudoun Public Schools
PHD DATE: 1999

KATHRYN J. LIVELY
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Dartmouth College
PHD DATE: 1999

CANDICE BATTON
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of Nebraska Omaha
PHD DATE: 1999

MENAH PRATT-CLARKE
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Provost and Associate Director for Office of Diversity, University of Illinois
PHD DATE: 1997

TERRELL A. HAYES
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, High Point University
PHD DATE: 1997

SUSAN W. HINZE
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
PHD DATE: 1995

DAVID WILLIAMSON
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, University of North Texas
PHD DATE: 1993

OSCAR MILLER, JR.
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Chair, Tennessee State University
PHD DATE: 1993

HYUNHEE KIM
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Hanshin University (Korea)
PHD DATE: 1993

MANTHRIGAE JAYATILAKE
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
PHD DATE: 1992

GEORGE E. GABRIEL
CURRENT POSITION: Vice President of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, Northern Virginia Community College
PHD DATE: 1991

SATYA PATTNAYAK
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Director of Latin American Studies, Villanova University
PHD DATE: 1990

LEARMOND CHAPMAN
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor and Chair, Philander Smith College
PHD DATE: 1991

RICHARD MCCORKLE
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
PHD DATE: 1990

KEO CAVALCANTI
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, James Madison University
PHD DATE: 1990

JUDY L. MAYNARD
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, University of Tennessee-Martin
PHD DATE: 1989

CAROLYN S. BREDA
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Research Analyst, Vanderbilt University
PHD DATE: 1989

PETER B. WOOD
PHD DATE: 1988
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Eastern Michigan University

BRADLEY BULLOCK
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Chair, Randolph College
PHD DATE: 1986

DEBRA J. UMBERSON
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and President, University of Texas at Austin
PHD DATE: 1985

JOAN K. BURTON
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, Goucher College
PHD DATE: 1985

ROBERT B. WIEGAND
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PHD DATE: 1984

RICHARD K. THOMAS
CURRENT POSITION: Adjunct Research Associate, University of Mississippi
PHD DATE: 1984

JOHN MARKERT
CURRENT POSITION: Adjunct Research Associate, University of Mississippi
PHD DATE: 1984

RICHARD K. THOMAS
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor, Cumberland University
PHD DATE: 1984

JOHN RYAN
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Chair, Virginia Tech
PHD DATE: 1982

EDMUND R. BECKER
CURRENT POSITION: Professor of Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
PHD DATE: 1981

NEIL S. FLEMING
CURRENT POSITION: Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Baylor Health Care System: STEEP Global Institute
PHD DATE: 1980

ROBERT CRUTCHFIELD
CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Chair, University of Washington
PHD DATE: 1980

CATHLEEN BURNETT
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, University of Missouri
PHD DATE: 1980

SUZANNE T. ORTEGA
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina
PHD DATE: 1979

MICHAEL HUGHES
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Virginia Tech
PHD DATE: 1979

DONNA WOOD
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, University of Northern Iowa
PHD DATE: 1979

HARVEY R. WILLIAMS
CURRENT POSITION: Emeritus Professor, University of the Pacific
PHD DATE: 1977

DAVID JACOBS
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, Ohio State University
PHD DATE: 1975

STANLEY GAEDE
CURRENT POSITION: President of the Christian College Consortium and Scholar-in-Residence, Gordon College
PHD DATE: 1974

THOMAS F. JAMES
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, St. Lawrence University
PHD DATE: 1973

KIRK W. ELIFSON
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University
PHD DATE: 1973

MILLER MCPHERSON
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, Duke University
PHD DATE: 1973

DAVID ALLEN
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, University of New Orleans
PHD DATE: 1972

DAVID R. JOHNSON
CURRENT POSITION: Professor, the Pennsylvania State University
PHD DATE: 1972

HART M. NELSEN
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, the Pennsylvania State University
PHD DATE: 1971

MAX W. WILLIAMS
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, University of Mississippi
PHD DATE: 1971

WILLIAM TUDOR
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, Reed College
PHD DATE: 1971

KENNETH WESTHUES
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
PHD DATE: 1970

LAWRENCE S. BECKHOUSE
CURRENT POSITION: Professor Emeritus, William and Mary College
PHD DATE: 1968

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