John Brent is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware where he works at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies (CDAS). In 2007, he completed his MA in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. He has published on building a theoretical foundation for criminal justice theory, the structural and cultural trends associated with illicit steroid use/trafficking, and methodological trends in criminology. His current work entails an ethnographic study into the emotive frameworks and ontological rewards of those participating in illicit forms of fighting. Areas of interests include the criminological trends of late/post-modernity, traditional and contemporary theory, qualitative methodology, and criminal justice theory.
Scarlett Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Management at King’s College London. She holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics. For her MSc her research centred on maternity coaching and how its provision affects women’s position in the workplace. Her current research, Getting on Board, examines men and women’s experience of the board appointment process, by conducting in-depth interviews with and observation of a cohort of potential board candidiates over an 18 month period. This gives it a uniquely prospective and longditudinal perspective, and it is hoped it will contribute to the wider fields of women on boards and the study of elites, drawing upon Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of habitus and capital. Areas of interest also include gender, feminism, work and organisations, qualitative methodology, social theory and gender in media and culture.
Jeffrey Dowd is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University. He received his MA in sociology at Rutgers University and his BA in sociology at Kean University. His current research deals with racism, in particular, public discourse concerning race. Other areas of interest include inequality and political sociology. Jeffrey wrote his MA thesis on public discourse, inequality and taxation. He co-edited with Keith Wailoo, Karen M. O’Neill, and Roland Anglin Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America published in 2010. He also co-authored the introduction and two chapters in this volume. Jeffrey has taught many courses at Rutgers University including Race Relations, Minority Groups in America and Sociological Analysis of Social Problems. He is the recipient of the Rutgers Department of Sociology’s Harry C. Bredemeier Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Tamsyn Gilbert is a Ph.D. candidate at The New School for Social Research. She has a Masters in Media Studies and Sociology and is currently working on her dissertation. Her interests include the sociology of art, media, museums, curating, and digital technologies. Tamsyn has also worked in various roles at The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives, and teaches at Parsons School of Design.
Amanda Kennedy is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University (SUNY). Her BA is in women’s studies and feminist science and technology studies from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. Her main areas of interest are race, gender, sexuality, and the body, issues she approaches from a critical race/postcolonial feminist perspective. Her dissertation focuses on the “intactivist” movement in the United States—through interviews and content analysis of organizational materials, she is exploring the gender dynamics of a movement aimed at ending male circumcision. She is also actively studying feminist engagements with pornography. She teaches courses on race/gender/sexuality, media and technology. She has been a teaching assistant as well as managing editor for the Men & Masculinities journal.
Cheryl Llewellyn is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Stony Brook University. She received her B.A. in sociology from Stonehill College and her M.A. in sociology from American University. Her research and teaching interests include race, gender, sexualities, migration, and sociological and feminist theories. Her dissertation research addresses the structural, legal and social barriers for women and LGBT asylum applicants in the United States. Additional research projects include feminist engagements with pornography and feminist teaching practices. She previously served as the managing editor for Men & Masculinities.
Candace Smith is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her M.A. in Sociology from OU in May 2012. In her thesis, she used data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) to examine the impact of witnessing violence on juveniles’ fear of violence as well as the ability of neighborhood collective efficacy to moderate this relationship. Her areas of interest include criminology, victimology, and culture. At this time, Candace is a graduate teaching assistant. She is also currently interning at a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing legal services to the abused, neglected, and deprived children of Oklahoma County.
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Christina Bermingham is a Ph.D. candidate at Dublin City University in Ireland. She received her BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 2002 (Emmanuel College, Boston, MA) and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in victim advocacy and substance abuse in 2005 (Suffolk University, Boston, MA). She spent a year studying and working as a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Regional Economic and Social Development (RESD) program. In 2007 she moved to Galway, Ireland with her partner and in 2008 received a Ph.D. Research Studentship from the School of Nursing, Dublin City University to explore power relations in modern maternity care. Her Ph.D. explores the politics of childbirth and maternity care examining the development of birth activism in the Republic of Ireland. She currently lives in the Boston, MA area with her partner and son where she is finishing her PhD dissertation and teaching sociology and psychology at Massasoit Community College as an adjunct faculty member. Areas of interest include: social movements, social change, participatory action research, feminist theory/research methods, gender & cultural studies, race & ethnicity, restorative justice, and reproductive justice.
Christina Blunt (christinablunt) graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Human Rights. While at the LSE her academic interests centered on international human rights law, transitional justice, complex emergencies, managing humanitarianism, and the relationship between social theory and human rights discourse. Her dissertation entitled, The Role of Class in Shaping Truth and Reconciliation: The Case of Peru, which explored the transitional justice process that followed the Peruvian civil war, was recognized with distinction. While completing her Master’s degree, Christina served as a research intern for POLIS, the LSE’s media think tank where she examined both humanitarian branding as well as the role of new media in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Prior to attending LSE, she studied at both Stonehill College and Oxford University.
Christina currently works at Harvard University in the Program for Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR). Prior to joining HPCR, Ms. Blunt coordinated finance and development for a Boston based non-profit and most recently conducted research for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience concerning the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Additionally, she is a co-chair for the Bay Cove Human Services Human Rights Committee where she advocates for the rights of clients with mental and developmental disabilities.
Christina currently resides in Boston, MA.
Rachel Bobbitt (rbobbitt) is a doctoral student of sociology at George Mason University. She received both her bachelor’s in religious studies and master’s in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her master’s thesis focused on applying movement success models to Marian apparition religious groups and she has conducted research in varying areas of new religious movements. She has been involved in several projects and grants that study the intersections of science and religion. Her current research interests focus around conservative religious movements, stratification, and faith-based organizations. She is currently a teaching assistant at George Mason University.
Paula Bowles (paulabowles) – In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northampton with a First Class degree in Criminology. Currently, I am studying MA History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University.
My research interests primarily focus on issues of exclusion, religious and racial intolerance, the Holocaust, historical explanations for crime and criminality, together with eugenics.
Post graduation, my dissertation entitled “Thinking the Unthinkable”: Criminology and the Holocaust was published by the Holocaust Education and Archive Research Team. [Available here]. More recently, I have contributed a book review to the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 9, 4, (2008), and have also been commissioned to proofread various academic texts including A Fascist Century: Essays by Roger Griffin (ed. Matthew Feldman), Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2008.
Marie Bozin (PlantingSeedsFromUA) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Akron. She received her Bachelorette degree in psychology in 2005 and her Masters degree in Sociology in 2007. Marie’s areas of interest include gender and criminology. Specifically, she has conducted research and/or presented on topics including: gender differences in the reaction to social ostracism, the racial differences in the effect type of foster care placement has on delinquency outcomes, the role of patriarchy in rape during a time of war, and the use of pornography in heterosexual relationships. Marie is presently working on a qualitative research project concerning the lived experiences of womyn residing in a local battered womyn’s shelter.
Kathryn Burrows is a Doctoral candidate at Rutgers University. She received her MA in Sociology at Rutgers University, and her BA in Sociology at Marylhurst University. Her two main areas of focus are the intersection of normality and bodily technologies, and the social construction of mental illness categories. She has published a book chapter on the social construction of bipolar illness, and has published a paper in Intersections about the gendering of genital cancers. Her current work is a qualitative project about deafness and hearing technology, and how different technology choices influence people’s opinions about normality. She is the co-editor of the first edition of The Rutgers Journal of Sociology. http://sociology.rutgers.edu/RJS.html
Brian Chung (socanonymous) is an undergraduate Sociology student at the University of Toronto. Although young, he has a fair amount of research and work experience at several federal government departments in Canada. He is also currently a research assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include deviance, race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. He is currently working in Ottawa on regulatory policy and socio-economic research at a Canadian federal government department. He is also currently working on a personal research paper examining the health and safety of temporary foreign migrant workers in Canada.
Jack Clarke is a PhD. candidate that the University of Buffalo, SUNY. He graduated with an M.A from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 2008. His areas of interest include social psychology, cultural sociology, small group dynamics, and social theory. His dissertation looks to understand how small group networks help foster one’s identity as they take the stage doing stand-up comedy. Jack is currently teaching at various colleges in the Buffalo area focusing on Qualitative Methods, Small Group Dynamics, and both Introduction to Sociology and Psychology.
William Ryan Force recently completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Missouri. His research emphasizes the accomplishment of cultural realities at the intersection of language, power, and identity. He has published two articles: an ethnography focused on the construction and maintenance of punk identity (Symbolic Interaction, 2009) and a theoretical analysis of identity performance in the TV series Dexter (Crime, Media, Culture, 2010). William is currently preparing to begin his new position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western New England University. His non-academic interests include bicycles, indie hip-hop, apples, werewolves (not Jacob), comics, psychedelic metal, and bildungsromans
Ryan Graham is a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He graduated with a BA in sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in May 2011. His areas of interest include sociology of law, law and social change, criminology, framing processes in social movements, and a developing interest in organizations and organizational culture. Though his foremost priority is to work as an academic sociologist, he is committed to making sociology accessible to the public beyond the classroom. He is currently developing his Master’s thesis, which will explore intellectual property law and social change. Ryan is currently a teaching assistant and research assistant.
Ruth Hernandez is a second year, M.A./PhD student at the University of Connecticut (UConn), where she is also a teaching and research assistant. In 2011, Ruth obtained an M.A. degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from UConn. She also holds B.A.’s (2008) in History and Spanish Literature from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Currently, Ruth is working on her Master’s thesis that looks at transnational motherhood and the ways social movements use cultural innovations for family reunification in the U.S. and Mexico. Last, she is involved in many community projects around migration and health. In particular she is co-founder and co-director of an ESL course for migrant farm workers in Connecticut.
Asheka Jackson is a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology (Summa Cum Laude Honors). She is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and plans to graduate in spring 2012. Her research interests include Women and Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, Drug Sentencing Policies, and Prison Overcrowding. Her Master’s thesis is entitled “An Examination of the Impact of Parental Drug Use, Family Transition, and Environmental Conditions on Adolescents’ Self-Reported Drug Use, Delinquency, and Deviant Behaviors,” which she has presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference. She plans to pursue a PhD in Criminology in fall of 2012.
Nathan Jurgenson (nathanjurgenson) is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Maryland where he is working with George Ritzer on the theoretical implications of the bottom-up turn taken by the Internet—what has come to be known as Web 2.0. His future work will involve rethinking how sociological theory (especially postmodern thought) orients our understanding of Web 2.0, and, in turn, how Web 2.0 provides fertile ground to rethink sociological theory in areas such as knowledge production, the presentation of self, consumption, authority, exploitation, and many others. Other current pursuits deal with the philosophy of science, feminist theory, identity, and survey research methodology. He received his M.A. in sociology from Northern Illinois University in 2007. Nathan is also a musician and his recent obsession is the history of punk and street art in New York City.
Paolo Cardullo (kiddingthecity) is studying a practice based Doctoral degree in Visual Sociology at the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London. There, he completed his MA in Photography and Urban Culture in 2006. His research project is concerned with youth geographies in and around Greenwich Peninsula (London) as well as with mapping the dramatic regeneration of the area.
He has lately published a photo essay on the Italian magazine Una Citta’ and regularly collaborates to the CUCR journal Street Signs. During his spare time, he helps at building an open wireless network across Deptford and Greenwich (London) and participates in community based Linux, FLOSS, and creative writing workshops. He currently works part time for the New Deal for Lone Parents team in a Social Security office in inner city London.
Rachael Liberman (rachaelaliberman) received her MA in Media Studies at The New School and is currently a Doctoral Student in Media Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is preparing for her dissertation on the limitations and affordances of mediating female sexuality by analyzing both producers and consumers of female-produced (and feminist) pornography. Her research interests include: normative constructions of gender and sexuality in media practice, the intersection of media and collective memory, and the commodification of female sexuality.
Anne Lin is a Doctoral student in Sociology at SUNY, Albany. She is also planning to get a joint Master’s degree in Women’s Studies. Anne was born in the United States and went back to Taiwan for most of her education, growing up with an instrinsic conflict of cultural identities. She picked up most of the sociological concepts in postcolonialiam and poststructuralism from this particular background. Gender, sexuality, popular culture and the media are areas of her more focused interest. She is currently doing research on Asian meida and the transnational flow of culture. She is also working on a project about prostitution, concerning the intersection of race, class and gender.
Nicole Barreto McCoy (nmccoy1) is a Doctoral Student in the Sociology program at George Mason Univerisity in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her Masters degree in 2008 with the completion of a feminist interview- based study of domestic servants in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her thesis entitled, Voices From the Slums: Brazilian Women on Domestic Service and Favela Life, won the Outstanding Thesis Award for George Mason University. Currently, Nicole is working towards her dissertation in the area of critical theory and social philosophy.
Her project examines the recognition and redistribution debate surrounding strategies in identity politics. This work focuses on Afro-Brazilian women living in poverty in the favelas. Nicole has presented her work at national and local conferences and has taught in the field of Women and Gender Studies. Areas of interest: gender, race and ethnicity, critical theory, sociology of culture, stratification, and feminist research methods.
Brian McKernan (bmckernan) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany – State University of New York. Brian completed his MA in Sociology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University in 2006. He is currently working on several research projects, including a study of the social meanings of celebrity invoked in popular “highbrow” American magazines, a critical assessment of videogames as an aesthetic sphere, as well as an examination into the role of American television in assisting with the construction of a global public sphere. His areas of interests include social theory and cultural sociology, particularly in relation to mass media and popular culture.
Sara Moore (theoryforthemasses) is a doctoral student in Sociology at George Mason University in Virginia. She received a Master of Arts degree from The New School for Social Research in New York City in 2006, where her research interests were social theory, migration and network formation. During her time at The New School, Sara was also able to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland where she researched historical patterns of Irish migration to the United States. Sara is currently beginning research on women who choose to give birth at home. For her dissertation, she hopes to extend this research to include birth environment choices made by first generation immigrant women, and how those choices reflect and create their identities as mothers.
She lives in Alexandria, VA with her partner, Zeke.
Andrea Mueller is a doctoral student of sociology at Rutgers University. She previously studied philosophy at Rutgers University as well as Humboldt Universität Berlin. Andrea’s main areas of research interest include cognition and culture, with a concentration in memory and perception. She also investigates issues in contemporary Germany and the interdisciplinary intersection of biology, sociology, and literature. Andrea’s current research projects analyze the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the role of the future in collective memory, epigenetics, and transgenerational transmission of trauma. She is currently a Graduate Associate with the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University.
PJ Rey (pj.rey) is a graduate sociology student at the University of Maryland. Previously, he completed an MA in Continental Philosophy at Duquesne University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a great deal of interest in researching the Internet, technology, and prosumption. His analysis tends to be informed by the traditions of Critical Theory, French Post-Structuralism, and Psychoanalysis.
He’s a lover modern art, design, and jazz. Recently, he’s adopted two kittens.
Jodi A. Ross (socmatters) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She is currently the Undergraduate Advisor for the department and teaches part-time for both sociology and women’s studies. Jodi’s speciality areas include criminology & deviance and qualitative methodology. She is currently collecting ethnographic data for her dissertation which examines the exercise of informal social control in a gentrifying neighborhood. Her master’s research looked at accounts offered by battered women who had killed their abusive spouses. She has also written about and presented on mothering and breastfeeding in contemporary American society. When not consumed with the demands of graduate school Jodi enjoys cooking, gardening, seeing live music and making up stories about female super-heros for her daughter.
Daniel Santore (dsantore) is a doctoral student in Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. His research focuses on the character of individualism in modernity and post-modernity. Daniel has published on the gendered construction of individual rights in relationships, and the problematic of individualism in classical and contemporary social theories. His most current (dissertation) research in based on interviews with heterosexuals in long-term romantic relationships; the goal was to learn about how individuals manage self-development and shared obligations in intimate bonds. Daniel is a sports fan, and is growing to really like cooking.
Ian Sheinheit (isheinheit)
Hana Shepherd: I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Princeton University. I am mainly interested in how chronic social inequalities persist and how they can be mitigated, which turns out to cover a lot of sociology, so I’m also interested in social psychology, culture, networks, policy, and collective action. In my dissertation, I am interested in how local contexts and organizations shape political outcomes; I am using the archives of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a private, non-governmental organization central to foreign policy discussions, to explore the role of organizational processes and elite influence in shaping policy ideas. I’m also working on a project in high schools on the relationship between cultural change, networks, and norms. I like methods, long walks on the beach, and I’m an inveterate adherent to all things interdisciplinary (which means that, among other things, I read a lot of fiction).
Dena T. Smith (denatsmith) - Read her profile here.
Margaret (Meg) Austin Smith is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying the Sociology of Education with a particular focus on social contexts of the classroom and student understandings of their classroom experiences. Before beginning at Maryland, she taught adult English language and literacy learners through the Arlington Public School system in Arlington, VA. Now at Maryland, she teaches Introduction to Sociology (and has also taught Social Problems). She is very excited to be in conversation with Sociology Lens readers on themes of teaching, learning, and education.
Stephanie Teixeira-Poit (smteixeirapoit) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include social change, development, indigenous peoples, poverty, and gender.
In 2008, Stephanie received a Master of Science in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Her master’s thesis examined the influence of spatial location, local opportunity structure, and household composition on poverty and working poverty. In 2006, she graduated summa cum laude from Stonehill College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology.
Perry Threlfall (pthrelfall) is a doctoral student of Public Sociology at George Mason University in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She completed her Masters degree in Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2007. Her studies have primarily centered on cultural, social, and economic stratification by race, class, and gender. She is involved in projects that critique the debates surrounding theories of social capital and the intersection of social capital in single mothers and public welfare policy. Ms. Threlfall has taught undergraduate courses in Stratification and Feminist Research Methods at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently teaching an introductory course in Sociology at George Mason University.
Nickie Michaud Wild (NickieWild) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from NYU in 1995.
After a few years spent as a freelance writer, Emergency Medical Technician, and then a social worker, she decided to go back to school. Initially going back for a Master’s of Social Work, she found Sociology more appealing. Nickie received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. Her interests include Culture, Political Sociology, and the media. She is currently working on a narrative analysis of domestic violence portrayals on television.
She has also been a contributor to the books, radio shows, and events of the satirist organization, the SubGenius Foundation, since 1994.
Nickie lives in the tiny village of Scotia, NY with her husband Bob, and their beloved cats and dog.