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Bailey, John

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Office: Davison Hall, 020

John's primary interests include gender, sexuality, culture, and technology studies. In the past, he has studied how young men construct masculinity in online communities, and how gendered identities facilitate symbolic violence in digital space. He completed his B.A. in English and Sociology at the University of Connecticut, and his M.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Battle, Brittany

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Office: Davison Hall, 015

Brittany received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Law & Society concentration), Black American Studies, and Women's Studies from University of Delaware in 2008, a Master's degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2012, and a Master's degree in Sociology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick in 2015. Her research interests include conceptualizations of the family; the construction and collateral consequences of social policies, specifically welfare and child support; and criminal and family courts. Her dissertation project examines the socio-organization and collateral consequences of the American child support system through observations of family court proceedings and in-depth interviews with individuals involved in the system. In addition, she is the Director of the Sociology Department's Multi-Generational Mentoring (MGM) Program which provides support and resources for undergraduate students interested in attending graduate school.

Beck, Armani

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Office: Davison Hall, 105-1

Armani Beck has earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Sexuality and Gender Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (2014). She has also earned a M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University (2016). Her research interests are in sexuality and marginalized identities and the way that these identities are impacted by kyriarchal systems of inequality.

Bedley, Crystal

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Office: Davison Hall, 041

Crystal received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research focuses on how mixed-race people are shaping race relations in the United States by exploring multiracial attitudes towards racial inequalities as well as multiracial identity formation, maintenance and negotiation. In her dissertation, “The Ethnically Ambiguous Generation,” she is investigating processes of racialized meaning construction from the production to the consumption of mixed-race people in advertising, by explicitly studying how multiracial persons are conceived by advertisers, how racial/ethnic diversity/ambiguity are incorporated into TV commercials and online images/video, and how these racial messages are interpreted by consumers.    

Callejas, Laura

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Office: Davison Hall, 013

Laura received her B.A from Rutgers University where she majored in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. She is interested in researching the disparities experienced by minority compared to majority White students in higher education, particularly with regard to students of Latino/Hispanic descent. Laura is also interested in the intersections of gender and class when looking at the ways that high school students are prepared to enter college.

Campion, Lisa

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Lisa's primary areas of interest include culture, cognition and identity, and she is particularly fascinated with the process of identity construction and maintenance. Through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with individuals associated with diverse identities, Lisa's dissertation explores how "doing identity" operates as a generic, social process. Lisa received her BA in Sociology from Loyola University (Maryland) and her MA in Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Catone (Mueller), Andrea

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Bridging sociology, psychology, and molecular biology, Andrea Catone’s research illuminates how the effects of trauma get transmitted within families. Her dissertation examines the extent to which parenting practices, ranging from neglect to over-attachment, trigger epigenetic changes in genes that regulate offspring’s mental health. She aims to identify and target factors that would alleviate the consequences of trauma, child abuse, and neglect. Andrea is the recipient of an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-17 award year.

Andrea’s areas of interest include data science, cognition and culture, social genomics and epigenetics, neuroscience, ethnography, narrative analysis, and public health. Andrea’s experience and training make her equally adept at analyzing micro-interaction and big data with the ability to switch between scopes with agility.  In addition to her dissertation, Andrea recently researched the role of the future in memory, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and intergenerational transmission of trauma. She was also a Graduate Associate with the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University. Andrea previously studied philosophy at Rutgers University, where she received her BA, as well as at Humboldt Universität Berlin during her Fulbright Fellowship year.

Crawley, Kayla

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Office: Davison Hall, 106

Kayla received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics. Since graduating, she has been the Director of Student Programs for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and recently served as the Alumni Relations Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. Kayla is interested in inequality in education and higher education environments with a particular focus on short- and long-term consequences for personal, social, and educational outcomes.  She looks forward to conducting research on the psychosocial experiences of minority students in higher education, with a comparative focus across cultural contexts.

Demir, F. Dilara

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Office: Davison Hall, 019

My interests are globalization and political economy, sociology of expertise and science, technology studies. More specifically, my research focuses on the interactions between international, regional and "national" organizations struggling and negotiating to frame intellectual property after the emergence of the World Trade Organization, 1995 in Turkey. I received my BA in Philosophy (highest) and Political Science (high honor) from Bogazici University , Istanbul. I have an MA degree in Human Rights (distinction for the thesis) at University College London, awarded by Jean Monnet Scholarship Agency. I am currently a graduate fellow of a project "Networks of Exchange: Mobilities of Knowledge in a Globalized World" at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

Duffy, Robert

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Eda, Haruki

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Haruki has a BA in sociology from San Francisco State University, an MSc in gender, development, and globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in sociology from Rutgers University. His research interests include Korean diaspora, queer of color critiques, community organizing, and geopolitics of the Trans-Pacific. Haruki's current publications include a book chapter on Japan's disaster nationalism and its grassroots resistance, in Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (2015, Policy Press). This paper won the graduate student paper award by the National Association for Ethnic Studies in 2014. He has also received a graduate fellowship with the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University in 2015-16, where he began engaging with the concept of archipelagoes to imagine an alternative geography of Northeast Asia beyond the nation-state framework. In addition to research, he enjoys teaching social research methods and introduction to sociology.   

Espinoza, Maria

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Office: Davison Hall, 133

Maria I. Espinoza research interests include the privatization of health, as well as the media and community response to epidemics and environmental risk, environmental racism, and biopolitics. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, Maria worked in the social sector as a venture coordinator for ASHOKA in the Andean Region, seeking and obtaining financial support for social entrepreneurs. Later, she worked in Peru as a consultant, conducting social and environmental impact assessment studies. Maria earned her B.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and her M.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University. She is currently a graduate fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, participating in the 2015-2016 project “Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, and Histories.”

 

Fast, Idit

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Idit Fast is interested in education policy and educational inequality. Her work focuses on understanding processes of policy implementation and on studying policy consequences in everyday life. She received her BA in Sociology and Philosophy and MA in Sociology from Tel Aviv University in Israel. Her MA thesis, recently published in Sociology of Education, examined the historical process by which school violence came to dominate education policy in Israel. Currently, she is conducting a study looking into how the availability of charter schools in a school district shapes the length of students' trip to school. In addition, she is participating in a research project examining inequalities in people's travel patterns in the United States using smartphone application technology to detect respondents' movement and perceptions of their environment in real time. She is also collaborating in a study on the implementation of anti-bullying policies in middles schools in New Jersey.

Foley, Benjamin

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Office: Davison Hall, 140

Ben received a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Education from the University of Michigan. He also has an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Ben is the co-founder and advisory board member of the human rights video advocacy organization, Organization for Visual Progression (visualprogression.org). He is interested in human rights advocacy, globalization, development, post-colonial theory, gender, race/ethnicity, and visual media.   

Galotti, Christine

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Christine Galotti graduated as salutatorian from Hunter College in 2014 with a BA in Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and a Special Honors concentration in Literature. Her research interests include environmental sociology, gender, and the body. While at Hunter, she completed a senior honors paper on "The Politics of Suffering and the (Ab)use of Bodies." She plans to expand her research on the interrelations between the environment, human and non-human bodies, and feminism in graduate school. After graduation, Christine worked on clinical studies at the NYU Langone Medical Center as a Research Associate.

Gervis, Alexandra

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Office: Davison Hall, 110

Lexi Gervis is interested in stratification, education and culture. She received her BA from Emory University in 2008 with a major in sociology and a minor in Spanish. Lexi's work in the past has explored the role of parents' cultural capital on students' college application processes. 

Good, Adrian

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Office: Davison Hall, 013

Adrian Good is interested in culture and cognition, health, alcohol use, accidents, and the life course effects of traumatic events. He received his BA in Management and Society from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005, and completed an MA in Sociology at UNC-Greensboro in 2013. His MA thesis examines the ways male college students describe their relationship with alcohol as a cultural object. He is also interested in how people make sense of traumatic events, building bridges between former and present selves.

Grimes, Steve

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Steve received a BA in Psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury, an MA in Sociology from St. John's University, and an MS in Media Studies from CUNY at Brooklyn College. His current interests involve visualities and its role in identity construction.   

Guastella, Dustin

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Office: Davison Hall, 009

Dustin received his B.A in Sociology from Temple University in 2013. His research interests include the labor movement, political-economy, social class and economic inequality. Particularly he is interested in researching the working lives of recent college graduates and how their economic prospects have changed in relation to the shift toward neoliberalism and the fallout from the great recession. Dustin has previously worked in the labor movement as an organizer and mobilizer. 

Han, Tsai-Yen

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Office: Davison Hall, 012

Tsai-Yen is interested in gender, education, food and science and technology studies. She has studied how an engineering laboratory became masculinized. She is currently working on a study of high school curriculum tracking decisions in Taiwan. Tsai-Yen received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from National Taiwan University and her M.A. in Sociology at National Tsing Hua University.

Hills, Laurie

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Hitchens, Brooklynn K.

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Office: Davison Hall, 041

Brooklynn Hitchens received her B.A. from the University of Delaware in Black American Studies and English and completed her M.A. in Sociology at Rutgers University. Her work focuses on the lived experiences of urban and street-identified Black Americans, particularly at the intersections of race, class, and gender in shaping attitudes toward policing, violence, crime, and disadvantage. She is passionate about becoming an urban/street ethnographer who embeds participatory action research (PAR) methods in her study of low-income Black girls and women in urban spaces. Brooklynn has published on street-identified, Black women's experiences with single motherhood, and has written on urban young women's comparative experiences with policing in Philadelphia, as well as on the media construction of girl fights online. She is also a RASTL (Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Fellow, works as Program Assistant for the American Society of Criminology, and is a Research Associate at the Education and Employment Research Center.

Hofstra, Jorie

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Office: Davison Hall, 044

Jorie works in the areas of mental health and illness, embodiment, biology, disability, social support, and emotion within dyadic and network contexts. Her projects include the development and testing of a biopsychosocial model of postpartum depression, a qualitative investigation of how laypeople think about and respond to sadness in their social partners, and a study of how brain-injured subjects account for emotional disturbance in relation to the damaged brain. Central to all these projects is the matter of how cultural and social-network factors influence the ways we perceive, explain, and address our own and others' suffering. Jorie also serves as Editor for the journal RJS: The Rutgers Journal of Sociology. She is presently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and she holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Hollingshead, Ashley

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Office: Davison Hall, 011

Ashley received her B.A in Sociology from the City University of New York at City College. Her research interests include examining the intersections of race, gender, institutions, and public policy impeding opportunities for people of color. In the past Ashley worked as a project associate at The Center for Social Inclusion, a racial equity and policy strategy organization. Her past research includes examining racial disparities in beast feeding, Black and Latino activism, and Obama Fatherhood policies.

Huang, Hwa-Yen

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Office: Davison Hall, 009

Hwa-Yen's research interests include social psychology, narrative, cognition and the senses, trauma, health and illness, and violence. He has studied Taiwanese folk healers' narratological management of the contradiction between a closed and an open vision of the future. Currently, through reading illness narratives published in the U.S., Hwa-Yen is examining how "positive" changes in temporal and spatial experience in the midst of life crises are mediated by certain generic narrative strategies. Hwa-Yen holds a bachelor's degree in finance and an M.A. in sociology, both from National Taiwan University. In his free time, Hwa-Yen enjoys napping, daydreaming, and the art of air guitar.   

Jaffe-Dax, Hamutal (Tali)

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Office: Davison Hall, 105-3

My research interests stand in the crossroads of culture and cognition. I am fascinated with cultural knowledge and classification. The inquiry of social conceptualization and categorization embedded and performed in everyday practice, leads me to engagement with innovative phenomenological and visual methodologies. In my Master Thesis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) I studied the spatial perceptions of Jerusalemites and Qudsis – local Israelis and Palestinians. Through the analysis mental mapping and sketch-mapping, Jerusalem and Al-Quds were interpreted from bottom-up perspective on borders, patterns, categorizations, experiences and identities.  

Kao, Ying-Chao

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Office: Davison Hall, 012

Ying-Chao Kao is an activist scholar whose research focuses on sexuality and gender, intersectionality, inequality and culture. In addition to generating sociological knowledge, he participates in the social movements of the Taiwanese American community and in sexual rights activism in East Asia. Kao received his Master's degree in sociology from National Taiwan University, R.O.C. (Taiwan). His master’s thesis uses historical and ethnographic approaches to delineate how the Taiwanese conscription system constructs hegemonic masculinity and ensuing resistance in young soldiers’ daily life. As a mixed-method and bilingual researcher, Kao currently is working on two projects: Taiwanese BDSM subculture based on life histories and archival data; religious factors influencing attitudes toward homosexuality in international survey databases. His work has been published in ASA journal ContextsGender Equity Education Quarterly (in Chinese), in the edited book So I Do My Fieldwork: Personal Journeys of a Quaternary Practice (in Chinese), and in the newspaper Taipei Times.

Kaplan, Amanda

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Office: Davison Hall, 140

Amanda Kaplan earned her B.A. in Sociology, with a correlate sequence in Mathematics, from Vassar College and her M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She is interested in social thought, the sociology of ideas and knowledge, culture and cognition, religion, and intellectual history. She has written about the sociology of knowledge, American individualism, inalienable rights, the diasporic character of graduating college, scrap metal guitars, freak shows, the Muslim veil and recent trends in Brazilian waxing. More generally, her work is concerned with the ontology and behavior of cultural and social meanings, studying them as evolving social forces with their own distinct agency and power. She is also interested in Tibetan Mastiffs, trampoline parks, number theory, theater and Ancient Egypt.

Kato, Kelly

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Office: Davison Hall, 133

Kelly is interested in topics of medical sociology, health disparities, psychiatric disorders among racial/ethnic minorities and implications of public health policies. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and worked as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University. Her current research explores the association between the acculturation process experienced by immigrants, and objective and subjective mental health among Hispanics and Asians.

Kramer, Brandon

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Brandon received his B.A in Sociology from the University of Iowa and M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University. Brandon’s projects focus generally on the political implications of knowledge production in the psychological and biomedical sciences. In his early graduate work, he developed an approach to study multitasking in the context of drone cockpits. His current work examines the scientific practices of a pharmaceutical company developing two drugs for female sexual dysfunction. In addition, Brandon works collaboratively with two research groups. In the first, Brandon acts as lab manager for the Health, Environment, and Relational Ties (or H.E.A.R.T.) laboratory with Dr. Kristen Springer (Rutgers) and Dr. Mary Himmelstein (UConn). The lab combines the use of sociological theory with cardiovascular and hormonal measures to study health processes. In the second group, Brandon contributes to an NSF-supported study with Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard) and Dr. Katrina Karkazis (Stanford) examining how testosterone is conceptualized in discordant ways across various scientific fields. 

Kushnereit, Elizabeth Maria

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Office: Davison Hall, 105-4

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Sociology Honors and minored in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Her honor's thesis "To Transform Lives for the Benefit of Society: Racism, Diversity Theater, and the University of Texas" has largely informed her current research interests in diversity, race and racism, performance, institutional theory, language, and symbolism. In her graduate study she hopes to continue to explore issues of diversity in higher education.   

Luth, Elizabeth

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Libby is interested research methods and medical and life course sociology, specifically issues related to aging, health, and end of life.  Her dissertation uses quantitative methods to analyze inequalities in end-of-life care. Her previous work used interviews to explore medical school educators' perspectives on pain education. Her Master's thesis, published in Research on Aging, examined how perceptions of personal life expectancy influence end-of-life planning. Libby received a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.   

Mercado-Diaz, Mario

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Office: Davison Hall, 014

Mario Mercado-Diaz is interested in comparing the ways in which Caribbean diaspora members map diverse urban spaces throughout their migratory movements, and how they establish and maintain networks of affection across borders. He received his BA in Hispanic Studies from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras in 2012 and completed his masters degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin in 2015. For his masters thesis "Distances and Proximities: Havana and San Juan from the Point of View of Literature and Oral Histories", he conducted a comparative ethnographic and literary research on how residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico and Havana, Cuba describe and use urban space, and how this affects their notions of citizenship and belonging (see http://lavigia.wix.com/elmuelle). He has also published journalistic articles in various online magazines, both in English and in Spanish.

Meunier, Etienne

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Étienne's dissertation is an ethnography of NYC's underground sex clubs that explains how gay group sex subcultures have resisted outlawing because they fulfil participants' intimate and communal needs. He is planning a postdoctoral project that will investigate further how sexual subcultures influence health behavior. His doctoral research was funded by the Québec Research Fund – Society & Culture and the Desjardins foundation. He published parts of his dissertation work in Archives of Sexual Behavior and Genre, Sexualité & Société. He has taught undergraduate courses in qualitative and quantitative methods, sociological theory, deviance, immigration, and English composition. He also holds a graduate certificate from Rutgers' Women & Gender Studies department, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

Murphy, Lauren

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Office: Davison Hall, 046

Lauren is interested in the structural and psychosocial determinants of health, social stratification, and the spatial contexts of health disparities. Her Master’s work explores various pathways which link socioeconomic status to outcomes in sleep quality.  Lauren received a BA from Fairfield University in 2010.   

Nicorici, Irina

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Panait, Alexandru

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Alex graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. His general research interests include sociology of culture, identity, social interaction, and criminology. Of particular interest is how those elements and more apply to contemporary mediated culture and the history of mediated culture.

Peña-Alves, Stephanie

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Office: Davison Hall, 013

Steph Peña-Alves received her B.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York at Hunter College. Her research interests include culture, cognition, emotions, identity, language, and symbolism. In past projects, she has written about the culture of modern psychiatry and diagnosis of mental illness as a cultural rite of passage. Steph's current work revolves around spatial metaphors and the symbolic dimensions of material objects.   

Phillips, Jason

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Jason holds a B.A. in Government and an M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University. His research interests are in criminology, with an emphasis on victimology, and in health.

He is currently working on three research projects. The first concerns the relationship between violent crime and the interpersonal difficulties of adolescent victims with members of their social networks. The second considers how the deployment of self-protective behaviors by victims of criminal violence influences levels of post-incident emotional distress. The last is an investigation of the social determinants of preventive health behavior among sexual minority men.

He also currently serves as a Research Assistant for the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study funded by the National Science Foundation (Rutgers University Principal Investigator: Professor Lauren J. Krivo).

Poling, Jessica

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Office: Davison Hall, 044

Jessica is interested in cultural sociology with a particular focus on the social construction of artists and art institutions.  She received her BA in Sociology from Haverford College.  In the past Jess has conducted research on the various roles of mental illness in art therapy and the Outsider Art movement, examining how art therapists contend with Outsider Art’s conflicting presentation of mentally ill artists and maintain their professional legitimacy. 

Pristavec, Teja

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Teja Pristavec graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in Spring 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies, and received her master’s degree in Sociology at Rutgers in Fall 2014. Formerly an Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Excellence Fellow, and an US Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security Fellow, her broad areas of interest include inequality, health and illness, food, aging, transportation, and quantitative methods. Her first doctoral qualifying paper examined whether children’s participation in the US National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program is associated with the food security status of adults within the same household, and her second qualifying paper considers the role of driving mobility for older adults’ social participation. Her work appears The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and in ASA’s Contexts.

Pulotova, Muqaddas

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Raia-Hawrylak, Alicia

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Alicia Raia-Hawrylak holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S.T. in Teaching Adolescent English from Pace University. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, she served as a Teach for America corps member in New York City. Her experiences in the field of teaching, particularly in low-income communities, inform her research interests in the areas of neighborhood-level disparities, educational inequalities, and juvenile delinquency. Her current work explores how gentrification shapes the ways in which youth experience spaces within their communities. She is also interested in how school climate and socioeconomic background influence future aspiration formation and bullying behavior among adolescents. Alicia is currently a fellow in the Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute at Rutgers.  

Raileanu, Lilia

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Saeki, Eiko

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Eiko's research interests include culture and cognition, sociology of the body, history of medicine, science and technology and gender. Her dissertation examines the competing conceptualizations of the begining of life in the late Tokugawa period in Japan (the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth century). She analyzes the ways in which different stakeholders, such as moral entrepreneurs, government officials and ordinary people, participated in construcing the category of the human personhood. Drawing on historical materials including anti-abortion and infanticide pamphlets, legal records, and obstetrical text books, her study sheds light on the contested moral status of the fetus and infant. Eiko received her BA in anthropology and MA in sociology from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She previously studied civil society, social movements and feminism.

Salas, Jomaira

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Office: Davison Hall, 020

Jomaira Salas is interested in the ways in which identity and community affect college enrollment and retention rates among underrepresented groups. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was Program Coordinator at the Posse Foundation. She received her BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College where she was active in promoting diversity and inclusion programs both on campus and in the surrounding community. As an undergraduate, Jomaira was a Mellon Mays fellow where she conducted research on retention and academic success of second-generation immigrants in elite colleges and universities based on interviews with students in Paris, France and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stephen, Anand

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Office: Davison Hall, 044

Anand's interests include gender, carework, family, disability and aging and the life course. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in India, an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo, and an AA Degree in Sociology from Berkeley City College. His current research is on the health outcomes of caregivers from a life course perspective. He is also interested in subjective aging of caregivers, and how caregivers of the elderly negotiate death and dying in the workplace. Previously, he worked with the elderly population in India and with former-foster youth in California.

Stevens, Lindsay

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Lindsay's central research interests are sex and gender, health inequalities, reproduction and fertility, and environmental sociology. Her dissertation, supported by a grant from the Society of Family Planning, uses qualitative methods to examine cultural ideas about reproductive planning from the perspective of laypeople and healthcare providers in the United States. Lindsay's research has been published in or is forthcoming from Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Sociological Forum.

Lindsay received her B.A. from Kenyon College, where she studied Political Science and Music. She currently serves as the Managing Editor of the American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology.

Stroffolino, Andrew

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Troxel, Hannah

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Office: Davison Hall, 105-5

Hannah received her B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2013, where she studied social change, oppression, performance, and German. She is interested in gender and sexuality, urban-rural divides, and the social construction of the "obesity epidemic" - particularly issues of medical authority, social control, and discrimination. Her previous research includes work on weight loss campaigns, post-WWII German memory and identity, and inequities in education.

Uzun, Nil

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Office: Davison Hall, 049

Nil Uzun is interested in global sociology, social movements, sociology of knowledge and sociology of science. She holds a B.A. in economics from Bogazici University (Istanbul), an MA in cultural studies from Sabanci University (Istanbul), and an MA in social anthropology from Central European University (Budapest). Nil has been working on multiple different topics, including transnational networks of human rights organizations in Argentina and Turkey, and the representations of ‘Middle East women’ in Western contemporary art. Her recent work focuses on the geopolitics of academic knowledge production in social sciences on ‘the Middle East’, particularly in area studies journals and South to South critical academic networks.   

Vuolajarvi, Niina

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Office: Davison Hall, 014

Niina Vuolajärvi's (MSSc, MA) primary research interests include gender, sexuality, migration, prostitution and immigration policies, and ethnographic methods. In her ethnographic PhD research "Precarious Intimacies - Commercial Sex and Migration in the Nordic Region", she combines migration and precarization research perspectives to the inquiries of intimacies. For the study she conducts fieldwork in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Niina is a Fulbright scholar and part of the management and steering committee of a EU-funded research network 'ProsPol: Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance.'

Yohanani, Lior

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Office: Davison Hall, 105-6

Lior is interested in political and historical sociology, cultural sociology, identity, and immigration. He received his B.A in Sociology and in Middle Eastern Studies, and M.A in Sociology from Tel Aviv University in Israel. In his M.A thesis he studied the relationship between Zionist Jews and British Officers who served in the Palestine Police Force during the British Mandate of Palestine (1918-1948), with a focus on the interconnections of overt and covert power structures, ethno-cultural associations, and the construction of the Jewish-Zionist collective identity.

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