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Undergraduate Alumnae and Alumni

Sociology majors and environmental sociology majors often obtain graduate education, but many work for a few years after graduating and some go directly into careers without additional graduate education. This list provides examples from recent graduating classes.

Examples from the Class of 2017:

  • Brandi Collins (Environmental Sociology). Category specialist, Walmart eCommerce.
  • Jonathan Crites (Environmental Sociology). Lab assistant, Center for Toxicology, University of Utah.
  • Melissa De La Torre (Sociology). Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Department of State.
  • Grace Gonzalez (Sociology). Digital and Social Marketing Strategist, 23 Restaurant Services.
  • Ryan Johnson (Sociology).  Youth baseball mentor and coach.
  • Courtney Krieghauser (Sociology). Advisory associate at People and Change Consulting.
  • Nicole LaBelle (Sociology). University of Chicago Law School.
  • Meredith Matlin (Sociology). Master’s in medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt.
  • Madison Renner (Environmental Sociology). PhD in sociology TBA.
  • Joseph Roso (Sociology). PhD in sociology at Duke University.
  • Emily Torres (Sociology).  Casting production assistant, Lucky 8 TV.
  • Eric Schulman (Sociology).  Executive Assistant, APA Agency, Los Angeles.
  • Darrius Sims (Sociology).  Defensive back, Tennessee Titans.
  • Bradley Wheaton (Sociology): Sales intern at Flow Hub, a tech firm in Denver.
  • Daier Yuan (Sociology): Master’s in human-computer interaction at Georgia Institute of Technology

The following is a partial list of students from previous classes.

Examples from the Class of 2016:

  • Karlia Nicole Brown (Sociology). PhD student in sociology at Northwestern.
  • Danielle Chandler (Sociology). Client advocacy intern, Tennessee Justice Center.
  • Beatrice Cochran (Sociology). Process engineer, HCA IT&S.
  • Victoria Crenshaw (Sociology and Environmental – Sustainability Studies). Cultiva Farm management intern.
  • Asheeka Desai (Sociology). UCLA Law School.
  • Vivan Liang Huaren (Sociology). Master’s degree in the anthropology and sociology of development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, followed by internship at the United Nations in Migration Management.
  • Alexandra Keiser (Sociology). Investment associate at Cambridge Associates.
  • Annaliese Danckers (Environmental Sociology). Coordinator, McDowell Farm School.
  • Barrett Gouger (Sociology). Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Harding Harper (Sociology). MBA Clark Atlanta University, market analyst at JLL.
  • Kevin McCoy (Sociology). Case manager, Gracepoint.
  • Jordan McNary (Sociology). University of Arkansas Law School.
  • Breana Moore (Sociology). Administrative associate, BrioPower.
  • Katani Ostine-Franklin (Sociology). Think tank associate, PMK/BNC.
  • Zoe Radner (Sociology). Media Planner, Havas Media Group.
  • Lucy Rahner (Sociology). Heart’s Home nonprofit.
  • Sarah Sams (Sociology). Master of science in earth sciences at Purdue.
  • Jacqueline Scott (Sociology). Vanderbilt Law School.
  • Isabelle Shain (Sociology). Coach for mock trial cases, University of Washington.
  • Ashley Shan (Sociology). Duke Law School.
  • Michelle Warren (Sociology). Recruiter at Korn Ferry Futurestep.
  • Laura Williamson (Sociology). Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music.

 

Examples from the Class of 2015:

  • Brittanie Barbero. Master’s of education at Vanderbilt.
  • Nicole Chanin. Litigation coordinator at Barrett, Johnston, Martin, and Garrison.
  • Yoon So Chung planned on going to law school.
  • Daniel Craig. Litigation coordinator at Barrett, Johnston, Martin, and Garrison.
  • Shae Earl, Teacher, Cambridge Academy Preschool.
  • Datoyne Dagogo-Jack. Master’s degree in business at Imperial College in London, then became the founder of the nonprofit Smile Nigeria Hope Organization.
  • Juila DeJesus. Category specialist, Walmart eCommerce.
  • Tyler Gerdes. Information technology, Jefferson Center for Mental Health.
  • Chloe Hayes. Accelerator Business Institute at Vanderbilt, then became an assurance associate at PwC.
  • Akailah Jenkins. Master’s degree at Vanderbilt, then became an English teacher at Capital City Charter Schools.
  • Sicheng Ma. Graduate school in chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Sarah McClenahan. Litigation coordinator at a law firm in Nashville.
  • Jasmine Olivier. Fulbright in France followed by PhD in sociology at Harvard.
  • Kathryn Reddic. Regional admissions representative, University of California at Santa Cruz.
  • Jonas Rosen. Master’s in social work, University of Maryland.
  • Elizabeth Saffold. Registration, Monroe Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt.
  • Logan Wilke. Analyst, Restaurant Brands International.
  • Adria Zern. Peace Corps in Belize followed by master’s in public health at Columbia University.

 

Examples from the Class of 2014:

  • Allyson Conley. Sales associate, Wesco Distribution.
  • Sarah Catherine Billups. PhD in sociology at the University of Minnesota.
  • Kaila Brown. Master’s in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, senior admissions counselor at Vanderbilt.
  • Yun Cha. PhD in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Hasan Clayton. Master’s of education, Vanderbilt, and english teacher in Nashville.
  • Victoria Clodfelter. Publishing assistant at East Nashvillian, then account executive at Postmates.
  • Zipporah Freeman: De Paul University College of Law
  • Lauren Langston. Master’s in social work at the University of Texas, behavioral health specialist at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services.
  • Erin Keels. Master’s in strategic public relations at the University of Southern California, associate digital strategist at 87AM.
  • Aaron Lowe. Senior recruitment specialist, Federal Express.
  • Katie Marrero. Master’s in social foundations of health at Vanderbilt, medical school at St. George’s University.
  • Evan McCants-Goldman: NYU Law School.
  • Michael O’Connor. Returned to Oklahoma to run the street paper he started. He plans later to pursue a PhD in sociology or community development.
  • Chelseay Parks. Teach for America, followed by graduate education in law or public policy.
  • Megan Pike. Executive team leader in human resources at Target, then became the Talent Human Resources Manager at Medix.
  • Allison Roberts. PhD in sociology at Emory University.
  • Jalisia Taylor-Singleton. Master’s in urban educational policy, Brown University.
  • Kate Trotter. Taught English in Spain through CIEE, then became the communication and graphics coordinator at Music City Center.
  • Charity Wood: Georgia State College of Law.

 

Examples from the Class of 2013:

  • Aynalem Ameha. Medical School, University of Tennessee.
  • Therese Barry. SEO Strategist at Resolution Media.
  • Adam Beiber, Marketing Coordinator, Deborah Weinstock DPM.
  • Mariel Behnke. Industry analyst, Freedonia Group.
  • Brooke Burton. Teach for America, then content manager at Albert.io.
  • Murphy Byrne. Multimedial photographer and videographer, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
  • Marianne DeAngel. Project manager/implementation consultant for Epic Systems, a healthcare software company, then project manager at Conversable.
  • Amanda (Milster) Dewey. Worked as the special projects coordinator at the Endangered Species Coalition, then entered the PhD program in Sociology at U. Maryland
  • Hannah Dimmitt. M.S. in child life, then child life specialist at Tulane Medical Center.
  • Paige Diner. Teach for America followed by a master’s in social work at Columbia University, associate at Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund.
  • Casey Hayward. Cornerback, Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Raven McKinnie. Master’s in nutrition and exercise science at Lipscomb University.
  • Amanda (Milster) Dewey. PhD in sociology at the University of Maryland.
  • Chantella Mitchell. Masters of social work at Columbia University, senior analyst at New York City Office of Management and Budget.
  • Molly Morley. Masters in public policy at George Washington University; monitoring, evaluation, and reporting manager at Creative Associates International.
  • Emily Natoli. Teach for America, master’s in education at Johns Hopkins University, literacy specialist at Yes Prep Public Schools.
  • Allie O’Neil. Business development officer at World Learning.
  • Perry Peguillan. Master’s in applied clinical informatics at Vanderbilt, analytics manager at Vanderbilt.
  • Briana Perry. Master’s of education at Vanderbilt, co-director of Healthy and Free Tennessee.
  • Hadley Rodden. Master’s in leadership and organizational performance at Vanderbilt, project manager at Lori Margolis Interiors.
  • Remingio Silva II. Account manager, digital intelligence at Wpromote.
  • Candace Smith. Digital account coordinator, RentPath
  • Gabrielle Smith. Master’s in sports psychology at the University of Denver, metrics analyst at Anthem.
  • Kristen Sueing. Teach for America and master’s in education at Lipscomb, team leader and literacy instructor at Kipp Academy.
  • Kristen Webb. Master’s in leadership and organizational performance at Vanderbilt, business consultant at InfoWorks.
  • Sara Zavaleta. Master’s in Latin American studies at the University of Texas, founder of Sara Zavaleta Photography.

 

Examples from the Class of 2012:

  • Lisa Branding. Masters of health services administration at the University of Michigan.
  • Abigail Gravenhost. Research associate at Economists Incorporated (Washington, DC), a firm that does policy analysis, then became a business manager at Capital One.
  • Jamie Hooker. Recruiter for Human Resources, Epic Systems, a health software company.
  • Cecile Lauzan. Intern at the Carlyle Group with their corporate events team and later became an event planner at Turner Hill Club.
  • Ethel Mickey. Ph.D. program in sociology at Northeastern University
  • Laurie Nordland. School of Social Work, University of Michigan.
  • Aurelia Patterson. Cecil Humphrey’s School of Law, University of Memphis
  • April Philley. School of Law, University of Texas (class of 2015), and became an assistant attorney general.
  • Jinsu Sohn. Master’s in human nutrition at Columbia University.
  • Keisha White. Medical School, the University of Connecticut.
  • James Whiteside. MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award.

A Few Examples of Careers of Undergraduates from Previous Years:

Kendall (Cox) Park (BA, 2011) is a PhD student in sociology at Princeton.

Tara Kane (BA, 2009) worked for two years with Pittsburgh Health Corps, then became a wellness associate with AmeriCorps. She then became an outpatient therapist in Pennsyvlania.

Sadiki Etienne (BA, 2006) earned a master’s in public policy at the University of Southern California. He became a manager Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Dakar, Senegal office, Dalberg is a private consulting firm that advises corporations, financial institutions, NGOs and governments, specifically in emerging markets, in a variety of areas including access to finance, private sector development, strategy and performance, and global health. He launched Etienne Consulting in 2017.

Amy [Cooter] Faeder (BA, 2005) finished her PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan. With the generous support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, she conducted more than three years of fieldwork with the Michigan Militia, and she is writing about what the group can tell us about lower-middle class, white men’s understandings of nationalism, politics, race, and masculinity. She is currently a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt in the Sociology Department.

Zhubin Parang (BA, 2003) attended law school at the Georgetown University Law Center, then spent four years practicing commercial litigation in New York City. He then left the profession to pursue a writing career, and he then became a staff writer on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

Matt Doyle (BA, 1991) is a real estate attorney in Charlotte, NC, in his own law firm.

 

Examples from the Class of 2014:

 

  • Allyson Conley. MBA after gaining working experience for a few years.

  • Sarah Catherine Billups . PhD in sociology at the University of Minnesota.

  • Kaila Brown. Master’s in higher education.

  • Yun Cha will be applying for graduate programs in sociology, education, or public policy.
    Victoria Clodfelter. Work in a marketing firm.

  • Zipporah Freeman. Plans to pursue a joint degree in law and business

  • Erin Keels. Plans to get an MBA and is interested in social marketing.

  • Aaron Lowe. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.

  • Katie Marrero. Master’s in Social Health at Vanderbilt.

  • Hasan Clayton. Clinical psychologist and plans to get an MBA as well.

  • Lauren Langston. Master’s in social work.

  • Michael O’Connor. Returning to Oklahoma to run the street paper he started. He plans later to pursue a PhD in sociology or community development.

  • Chelseay Parks. Teach for America, followed by graduate education in law or public policy.

  • Megan Pike. Human resources at Target, followed by a PhD in Sociology.

  • Allison Roberts. PhD in Sociology at Emory University, where she also will get a master’s in public health.

  • Jalisia Taylor-Singleton. Wants to work on educational reform.

  • Kate Trotter. Teaching English in Spain through CIEE.

 

 

Examples from the Class of 2013

 

    • Aynalem Ameha. Working, then applying to medical school.

 

    • Mariel Behnke. Business analyst.

 

    • Brooke Burton. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.

 

    • Marianne DeAngel. Project manager/implementation consultant for a healthcare software company.

 

    • Hannah Dimmitt. Graduate school for a degree in Child Studies.

 

    • Paige Diner. Teach for America followed by a master’s in educational leadership, public policy, and/or an MBA.

 

    • Raven McKinne. Master’s in Nutrition at Exercise Science at Lipscomb University.

 

    • Amanda Milster. Nonprofit communications and development in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, or wildlife.

 

    • Chantella Mitchell. Masters of Social Work at Columbia University.

 

    • Molly Morley. Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis on Social Policy at George Washington University.

 

    • Emily Natoli.  Teach for America.

 

    • Allison O’Neil. Plans to work for an organization that specializes in human rights, domestic violence, or refugees.

 

    • Perry Peguillan. Health care research for health policy.

 

    • Briana Perry. Work for a year, then Master of Education & Public Policy at Peabody.

 

    • David Reichley. Food service.

 

    • Remingio Silva II. Law school.

 

    • Candace Smith. Gap year then law school.

 

    • Gabrielle Smith. Graduate school for sports psychology.

 

    • Kristen Sueing. Teach for America.

 

    • Mary Wachs. Company that works with consumers to get affordable health-care.

 

    • Kristen Webb. Master’s of Education in Leadership and Organizational Performance at Peabody.

 

    • Sarah Zavaleta. Will work in a nonprofit organization and then apply for a sociology graduate program.

 

 

 

Examples from the Class of 2012

 

  • Lisa Branding is studying for a Masters of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan, and she plans to go on for a career in hospital administration

  • Genevieve Gail is staying at Vanderbilt for a year to work with Steven Tepper at the Curb Center on his next book. She then plans to travel and go on to graduate school.

  • Abigail Gravenhost is Research Associate at Economists Incorporated (Washington, DC), a firm that does policy analysis

  • Jamie Hooker is Recruiter for Human Resources, Epic Systems, a health software company

  • Cecile Lauzan plans to develop her own events planning business and is currently interning in Washington, DC, at the Carlyle Group with their corporate events team

  • Ethel Mickey is in the Ph.D. program in sociology at Northeastern University

  • Laurie Nordland is in the School of Social Work, University of Michigan

  • Aurelia Patterson is in the Cecil Humphrey’s School of Law, University of Memphis

  • April Philley is in the School of Law, University of Texas (class of 2015)

  • Jinsu Sohn is in the School of Nutrition, Columbia University, plans a career in research

  • Keisha White has a complete four-year scholarship to study medicine at the University of Connecticut

  • James Whiteside won a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award to study in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He plans to go on to college or university teaching.

 

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