Placement of Our Graduates

This listing includes all recipients of the PhD in Sociology from University of Arizona since 2007. When available, the current job placement is indicated, as well as the first position post-PhD (if different from current job). Please submit corrections or updates to Jane Zavisca, Director of Graduate Studies, janez@email.arizona.edu.

2016-17

  • Nadina Anderson
    Dissertation title: "Finding Money: Gender, Money, and Marketization in Ukraine"
    Dissertation chair: Jane Zavisca
    Current position: Post Doctoral Fellow, Consortium Research Fellows Program, Washington D.C.
     
  • Xochitl Renee Motaback
    Dissertation title: "Expertly Framed: How Science and Evidence Came to Dominate the Sex Ed Debate"
    Dissertation chair: Erin Leahey
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Hawaii - West Oa'hu

2015-16

  • Kate Freeman Anderson
    Dissertation title: "Residential Segregation and Health Outcomes: The Role of Health-Promoting Community Organizations in Urban Neighborhoods"
    Dissertation Chair: Joe Galaskiewicz
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston

  • Megan Henley
    Dissertation title: Science and Service: Doula Work and the Legitimacy of Alternative Knowledge Systems
    Dissertation Chair: Louise Roth
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Colorado Mesa University

  • Dee Hill Zuganelli
    Dissertation title: "Chicano Studies: Proliferation of the Discipline and the Formal Institutionalization of Community Engagement, 1965 to Present”
    Dissertation Chairs: Celestino Fernandez and Robin Stryker
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Family Studies, Berea College

2014-15

  • Laura K. Andrews
    First position: Assessment Coordinator, Think Tank, University of Arizona

  • Tracy Bacon
    Dissertation title: "Good Conversation, Healthy Food, and Hard Work: How Organizations and Parents Frame the Family Meal"
    Dissertation chair: Jane Zavisca
    First position: Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College
    Current position: Instructor, Arapahoe Community College

  • Kelly Bergstrand 
    Dissertation title: "Mobilizing for the Cause: Grievance Evaluations in Social Movements"
    Dissertation chairs: Linda Molm and Brian Mayer
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington

  • Jessie K. Finch
    Dissertation title: "Legal Borders, Racial/Ethnic Boundaries: Operation Streamline and Identity Processes on the US-Mexico Border"
    Dissertation chairs: Celestino Fernandez and Robin Stryker
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Stockton University of New Jersey 

  • Sharon Koppman 
    Dissertation title:  Ideas for Sale: The Social Recognition of Creativity in Advertising
    Dissertation chairs: Erin Leahey and Jane Zavisca
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Organization & Management, University of California at Irvine 
     
  • Eric Schoon 
    Dissertation title:  From Freedom to Constraint: How Illegitimacy Shapes Civil Conflict
    Dissertation chair: Ron Breiger
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ohio State University 
     
  • Ryan Seebruck
    First position: Statistician, Department of Homeland Security
     
  • Seth Wright
    Dissertation Title: Competence, Warmth, and Expectations: An Integration of Status Characteristics Theory and the Stereotype Content Model
    Dissertation chairs: Louise Roth and Henry A. Walker
    First position: Senior Lecturer, Northern Arizona University

2013-14

  • Karen Gordon
    Dissertation title: Registered Sex Offenders: Social Disorganization and Lived Experiences
    Dissertation chairs: Jane Zavisca and Robin Stryker
    First Position: Instructor, Glendale Community College
    Current position: Current position: Research Analyst, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, Arizona State University
     
  • Jessica Hamar Martinez
    Dissertation title: Religious Switching Among Latinos: The Congregational Context
    Dissertation chair: Kraig Beyerlein
    Current position: Research Associate, Pew Research Center
     
  • Amanda Lubold
    Dissertation title:  Family Policies and Public Health Initiatives: A Comparative Analysis of Breastfeeding Outcomes
    Dissertation chair: Louise Roth
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Indiana State University
     
  • Sarah Melancon (formerly Sarah Strand)
    Dissertation title: One Less Risk, or One Less Girl? Situating Gardasil and Cervical Cancer Risk in the Context of Risk-Reduction Medicine
    Dissertation chair: Don Grant
    Current position: Self-employed

2012-13

2011-12

  • Gary Adler
    Dissertation title: Encountering Distant Suffering: the Culture, Production, and Outcomes of Transnational Immersion Trips on the U.S.- Mexico Border
    Dissertation chairs: Ronald Breiger and Kraig Beyerlein (University of Notre Dame)
    First position: Director of Research, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Pennsylvania State University - University Park Campus
     
  • Danielle Hedegard
    Dissertation title: Radicalized Cultural Capital and Inequality: A Comparative Study of Blackness in Brazil’s Tourism Market
    Dissertation chair: Jane Zavisca
    First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Boston College
    Current position: Adjunct Faculy, American Public University
     
  • Alexander Ibsen
    Dissertation title: Inventing Law: The Development of Legal Philosophies in the American and European Patent Systems
    Dissertation chair: Charles Ragin  (UC-Irvine)
    Current position: Deputy Editor, Minerva
     
  • David Melamed
    Dissertation title: A New Model of Justice Evaluations: Using Graded Characteristics to Estimate Just Rewards 
    Dissertation chair: Linda Molm
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of South Carolina
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ohio State University
     
  • Paola Molina
    Dissertation title: Gendered Repatriation: The Role of Gender and the Family on Further Migration Intentions following Repatriation
    Dissertation chair: Louise Roth
    Current position: Researcher, OMNI Institute
     
  • Scott Savage
    Dissertation title: The Tie that Binds: Exchange and Commitment in the Face of Uncertainty
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz and Linda Molm
    First position:  Assistant Professor, Sociology, Universtity of California--Riverside
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston
     
  • Stephan Scholz
    Dissertation title: Globalization and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Developing Countries, 1980-2006
    Dissertation chair: Charles Ragin (UC-Irvine)
    First position: Instructor, Inver Hills Community College
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Washington County
     
  • Megan Wright
    Dissertation title: Men on Methadone: Fatherhood, Families, and Partners
    Dissertation chair: Celestino Fernandez
    First position:Law and Social Science Research Fellow, James E. Rogers College of Law, UA
    Current position: Yale University (Law School)

2010-11

  • Shawna Anderson
    Dissertation title: Conflict In American Protestant Congregation
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Research Associate, Sociology, Duke University
    Current position: Survey Director (NORC), University of Chicago
     
  • Joseph Cabrera
    Dissertation title: Planning Social Capital: New Urbanism and the Formation of Social Interaction, Social Connection, and Community Statisfaction
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminal Justice, Marywood University
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of LaVerne
     
  • Jeremiah Coldsmith
    Dissertation title: Rethinking Classes: A Friendly Critique and Moving Forward of Erik Olin Wright's Class Theory
    Dissertation chair:  Don Grant
    First position: Assistant Professor in Residence, Sociology, University of Connecticut
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Jason Crockett
    Dissertation title: Narratives of Racial Sexual Preference in Gay Male Subculture
    Dissertation chair: Erin Leahey
    First position: Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Sociology, Kutztown University
    Current position: Associate Professor, Anthropology & Sociology, Kutztown University
     
  • Jessica Epstein
    Dissertation title: Competitive Convergence in Global Food Safety Policy: The Case of India
    Dissertation chair: Lane Kenworthy
    First position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Susquehanna University
    Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Reed College
     
  • Matthew Green
    Dissertation title: Economic Reform and the Comparative Development of Major Chinese Cities
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of DuPage
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, College of DuPage
     
  • Catherine Hoegeman
    Dissertation title: Leadership and Mission-Based Decision-Making: U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Responses to the Priest Shortage
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mount St. Mary's College
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Missouri State University
     
  • Laura Hunter
    Dissertation title: The Role of Gender in Evaluations of Scientific Competence
    Dissertation chair: Erin Leahey
    First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
    Current position: Program and Research Manager, Executive Office of the President, University of Arizona
     
  • Claude Rubinson
    Dissertation title: The Production of Style: Aesthetic and Ideological Diversity in the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1875-1914
    Dissertation chair: Charles Ragin (UC-Irvine)
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston

2009-10

  • Keith Bentele
    Dissertation title: Rising Earnings Inequality in the United States: Determinants, Divergent Paths, and State Experiences
    Dissertation chair: Lane Kenworthy
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Massachusetts--Boston
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Massachusetts--Boston
     
  • Michelle Bata
    First position: Assistant Dean, Fordham University
    Current position: Associate Dean, Clark University
     
  • Lorien Lake-Corral
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Maine
     
  • Jamie Dolan
    Dissertation title: Do Good Things for the Fish: Organizaitonal Innovation in Tribal Governance
    Dissertation chair: Stephen Cornell
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Carroll College
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, Carroll College
     
  • Beth Duckles
    Dissertation title: The Green Building Industry in California: From Ideals to Buildings
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Bucknell University
    Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University
     
  • Jeff Larson
    Dissertation title: Why Change? Organizational Adaptation and Stability in a Social Movement Field
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    Current position: Assistant Professor,Sociology, Towson University
     
  • Monika Ulrich Meyers
    Dissertation title: How Low-Income Fathers Prioritize Children, Define Responsibility, and Negotiate State Surveillance
    Dissertation chair: Louise Roth
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University

2008-09

  • Laura Aufderheide Brashears
    Dissertation title: Feeling Good in Spite of Failure: Understanding Race-Based Differences in Academic Achievement and Self-Esteem
    Dissertation chair: Henry Walker
    First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
    Current position: Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina
     
  • Tiffiny Guidry
    Dissertation title: Affect and Structuring of Language Use in Ethnic Subcultures: A Study of Louisiana Cajuns
    Dissertation chair: Ronald Breiger
    First position: Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Sociology, Delta State University
    Current position: Instructor, Sociology, University of Alabama
     
  • Yi Han
    Dissertation title: Institutional Logics, Extended Rationality, and the Effects of Military Background of Business Leaders
    Dissertation chair: Al Bergesen
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Peking University
     
  • Olga Mayorova
    Dissertation title: Social Capital and Institutional Transition: Regional Context for Network Use in Job Search in Russia, 1985-2001
    Dissertation chair: Ronald Breiger and Jane Zavisca
    First position: Senior Research Associate, American Sociological Association
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, Higher School of Economics--Perm, Russia
     
  • Rachael Neal
    Dissertation title: Working Together: Government Contractors Building Democracy Abroad
    Dissertation chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Assistant Professor, Coe College
    Current position: Assistant Professor, St. Edwards University
     
  • James Roebuck
    Dissertation title: Sounds of Distinction: Analyzing Socioacoustics to Map the Combinatorial Logic of Status and Class
    Dissertation chair: Charles Ragin (UC-Ivrine)
    Current position: Co-Director and Associate Research Scientist, Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona

2007-08

  • Matthew Brashears
    Dissertation title: Picking and Choosing, Accepting and Changing: The Effects of Selection and Harmonization on Network Structure and Content
    Dissertation chairs: Ronald Breiger and Miller McPherson
    First position: Assistant Professor, Cornell University
    Current position: Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
     
  • Brian Hewlett
    Dissertation title: Spiritual but Not Religious Being: Exploring Structural Antecedents for the Paring of Spiritual and Non-Religious Identities across National Boundaries
    Dissertation chairs: Mark Chaves (Duke University) and Charles Ragin (UC Irvine)
     
  • George Hobor
    Dissertation title: Post-Industrial Pathways: The Economic Re-Organization of the Urban Rust Belt
    Dissertation chairs: Kathleen Schwartzman and Joseph Galaskiewicz
    First position: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Urban Research and Public Policy, Washington University
    Current position: Research Scientist, Lousisiana Public Health Initiative
     
  • Samantha Kwan
    Dissertation title: Contested Meanings about Body, Health, and Weight:  Frame Resonance, Stategies of Action, and The Uses of Culture
    Dissertation chairs: Al Bergesen and Louise Roth
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Houston
     
  • Nancy Martin
    Dissertation title: Small Groups in Big Churches
    Dissertation chairs:  Mark Chaves (Duke University) and Ronald Breiger
    Current position: Assistant Professor, California State University--Long Beach
     
  • Steven Nelson
    Dissertation title: Offender Crime Perspectives: A Study in Affect Control Theory
    Dissertation chairs: Linda Molm and Miller McPherson
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Clemson University
    Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Miami University of Ohio
     
  • Rebecca Sager
    Dissertation title: The "Purpose Driven" Policy? Explaining State-Level Variation in the Faith-Based Initiative
    Dissertation chair: Mark Chaves (Duke University)
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
     
  • Christine Sheikh
    Dissertation title: Religious and Ethnic Variation Among Second-Generation Muslim Americans
    Dissertation chairs: Mark Chaves (Duke University) and Don Grant
    First position, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Denver
    Current position, Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver
     
  • Bill Tsitsos
    Dissertation title: The Interaction of Race & Theological Orientation in Congregation Social Service Provision
    Dissertation chair: Mark Chaves (Duke University)
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Towson University
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, Towson University

2006-07

  • David Brubaker
    Dissertation title: Change and Conflict in Congregations: Exploring the Relationship Between Size Transitions and Conflict Intensity in Religious Congregations
    Dissertation chair: Mark Chaves (Duke University)
    First position: Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite University
    Current position: Associate Professor of Organizational Studies, Eastern Mennonite University
     
  • Jessica Collett
    Dissertation title: Third Party Intervention and Relationship Outcomes: Extending Social Exchange Theory Through the Incorporation of Intermediaries
    Dissertation chair: Linda Molm
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
     
  • George Hobor Jr.
    First position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
    Current position: Health Communities Director at the Louisiana Public Health Initiative
     
  • Omar Lizardo - Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
    Dissertation title: Globalization, World Culture and the Sociology of Taste: Patterns of Cultural Choice in Cross-National Perspective
    Dissertation chair: Ronald Breiger
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
     
  • Mary Nell Trautner
    Dissertation title: Screening, Sorting, and Selecting in Complex Personal Injury Cases: How Lawyers Mediate Access to the Civil Justice System
    Dissertation chair: Ronald Breiger
    First position: Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo
    Current position: Associate Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo
     

2005-06

  • Gordon Abra
    Dissertation title: Structural Change in Exchange Relations
    Dissertation chair: Linda Molm
    Current position: Lecturer, University of California - Santa Barbara
     
  • Melissa Sue Fry Konty
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Auburn University
    Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Indiana University Southeast
     
  • Martin Hughes
    First position: Assitant Professor, Calvin College
    Current position: Lecturer, Grand Rapids Community College
     
  • Kristi Clark-Miller
    Current position: Professor, Sociology, Collin College
     
  • Kathleen O'Neil
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Denison University
    Current position: Research Coordinator, UNITE HERE
     
  • David Shaefer
    Current position: Associate Professor, Arizona State University
     
  • John Sonnett
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of MIssissippi
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi

2004-05

  • James Bowie
    First position: Research Specialist, Northern Arizona University
    Current position: Senior Lecturer, Northern Arizona University
     
  • Brayden, King
    First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Brigham Young University
    Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, Northwestern University
     
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