PhD Alumnae and Alumni

In the past ten years or so our Ph.D. graduates have taken academic positions at institutions such as Belmont University, Concordia University (Chicago), Dartmouth College, Drew University, Florida State University, Hofstra University, Lynchburg College, Middle Tennessee State University, Michigan State University, Midwestern State University, Millersville University, Oakland University, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Sonoma State University, Western Carolina University, the University of Alabama (Huntsville) and University of North Carolina at Asheville. They have also taken positions in industry (e.g., Cygnus Applied Research) and at research institutions (e.g., Center for American Progress).

RECENTLY CONFERRED (2006-2014)

MARY T.L. BELL
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”
CURRENT POSITION: Inventory and Sales Analyst, Wags and Whiskers, Nashville, TN

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

BLAKE SISK
PHD DATE: 2014; CHAIR: Katharine M. Donato
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Playing Catch-Up: Legalization and the Labor Market Trajectories of Unauthorized Latin American Immigrants”
CURRENT POSITION: College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Adviser at Vanderbilt University; Lecturer at Vanderbilt University

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

WILL HALE
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”
CURRENT POSITION: Research Assistant at Vanderbilt University

DAN MORRISON
PHD DATE: 2012; CHAIR: Laura Carpenter
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Body, Self, Device: Nonhuman Objects and Human Identity”
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University

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

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

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

HAIHONG WANG
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 Immigrants”
CURRENT POSITION: Research Associate at Cygnus Applied Research

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

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

LAURIE WOODS
PHD DATE: 2008; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Sometimes It’s Personal: Hate Crime Prosecution in California”
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer at Vanderbilt University

COURTNEY MUSE
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”
CURRENT POSITION: Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Center for Medicine, Health & Society, at Vanderbilt University

SOMA CHAUDHURI
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”
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor at Michigan State University

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

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

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

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

TERESA TERRELL
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”
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville

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

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

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

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

STEVE LEE
PHD DATE: 2007; CHAIR: Daniel Cornfield
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Musical Stratification: Explaining the Aesthetic Mobility of Music Genres”
CURRENT POSITION: Adjunct Professor and Senior Institutional Research Analyst at Chapman University

GABRIELLE CHAPMAN
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?
CURRENT POSITION: Research Associate at Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University

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

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

LYNN HAMPTON
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Student Affairs Administration at Leaders in Higher Education Student Affairs, Northeast Region

CHRISTINE MOWERY
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University

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

CONFERRED (2003 – 2005)

TERRIE SPETALNICK
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Lecturer at Vanderbilt University

MELISSA SLOAN
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor at University of South Florida

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

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

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

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

CARRIE LEE SMITH
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor at Millersville State University

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

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

MARY ELLEN HILL
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.”
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Researcher at Center for Rural and Northern Health Research, at Lakehead University

MARY KARPOS
PHD DATE: 2003; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “Determinants of the Uniform Crime Report Rape Rate: Organizational Influences on the Founding Process.”
CURRENT POSITION: Adjunct Faculty at Aquinas College

ROSIE NOBLE
PHD DATE: 2003; CHAIR: Gary Jensen
DISSERTATION TITLE/TOPIC: “”Race Matters: Black Rage in the American Prison System.”
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University

CONFERRED (2002-Prior)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RYAN L. TYLER
PHD DATE: 1999
CURRENT POSITION: Director of Research at Loudon Public Schools

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

CANDACE BATTON
PHD DATE: 1999
CURRENT POSITION: Associate Professor and Director of School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Nebraska-Omaha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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