Recent Ph.D. Placements

This listing includes all recipients of the Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Arizona since 2007. When available, the current job placement is indicated, as well as the first position post-Ph.D. (if different from current job). Please submit corrections or updates to Joe Galaskiewicz, Director of Graduate Studies.

2020-21

Eric T. Bjorklund
Dissertation Title: “¿Up Against A Wall? Economic Insecurity and the White Working-Class in Contemporary America.”
Dissertation Chairs: Joseph Galaskiewicz and Lane Kenworthy
Current Position: Business Analyst on the Strategy & Innovation Team, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane, WA.

Amelia Blume
Dissertation Title: “New Media Engines of Global Pharmaceuticalization: An Analysis of Top-Grossing Pharmaceutical Corporations.”
Dissertation Chair: Terrence Hill
Current Position: Business Analyst on the Strategy & Innovation Team, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane, WA.

Steven "Buddy" Lizzol
Dissertation Title: “Violence in Areas of Limited Statehood: How Perceptions of Legitimacy Influence Political Stability.”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger
Current Position: Chief Analyst, Plans, Programs, and Analyses Division for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa Major Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear
Dissertation Title: “Remaking Collective Identities: Statistical Statecraft, Indigenous Erasure, and Tribal Citizenship.”
Dissertation Chairs: Steven Cornell and Erin Leahey
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology with an affiliation in American Indian Studies, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 

Hyungjun Suh
Dissertation Title: “Consequences of Housing Status Across Various Housing Regimes.”
Dissertation Chair: Jane Zavisca
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow

Attila Varga
Dissertation Title: “Temporal Evolution of Scholarly Communication.”
Dissertation Chairs: Ronald Breiger and Erin Leahey
Current Position: Post-Doctoral, Centre for Research & Development Monitoring of the Flemish Government, Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Antwerpen. 

Yongjun "Josh" Zhang
Dissertation Title: “The Corporate Political Transparency and Accountability Movement in the United States.”
Dissertation Chairs: Jennifer Earl and Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY Stonybrook

2019-20

Hannah Clarke
Dissertation Title: “Going Under to Get Ahead: Paying for College in an Age of Uncertainty.”
Dissertation Chair: Brian Mayer
Current Position: Senior Associate, Student Loan Research, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Amanda M. Schutz
Dissertation Title: “Congregation Among the Least Religious: The Process and Meaning of Organizing Around Nonbelief.”
Dissertation Chair: Jane Zavisca
Current Position: Research Area Specialist, Pulmonary & Critical Care, University of Michigan Medical School

2018-19

Angela Addae
Dissertation Title: “Saving Black Portland: Organizational Roles in Preserving a Disintegrating Community.”
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

Eliza Benites-Gambirazio
Dissertation Title: “Working as a Real Estate Agent: Dispositions, Matching & the Production of Market Inequalities.”
Dissertation Chair: Jane Zavisca
Current Position: Post-Doctoral, WIsDHoM (Wealth Inequalities and the Dynamics of Housing Markets), hosted by the Centre Max Weber (Sociology) CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the Université Lyon 2

Andrew Davis
Dissertation Title: “Structuring Conflict: Network Isolation and Embeddedness in the Global System”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger
Current Position: Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Michael Gibson-Light
Dissertation Title: “Capital & Punishment: How Prison Labor Systems Reproduce Inequality.”
Dissertation Chair: Jeffrey Sallaz
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Kate Gunby
Dissertation Title: “Constitutionally Guaranteed Economic and Social Rights Realization in South Africa.”
Dissertation Chair: Robin Stryker
Current Position: Associate Research Director, PRR, Inc.

Meltem Odabas
Dissertation Title: “Online Communication Platform as Cultural Field.”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Computational Social Science, Indiana University-Bloomington

Kyle Puetz
Dissertation Title: “Measuring Cultural Alignment: Three Analyses of Surveys as Cultural Affiliation Networks.”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger and Brian Mayer
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

Jessica Pfaffendorf
Dissertation Title: “The Double Disadvantage: A Theory of Status-Stigma Intensification and Moral Expectations.”
Dissertation Chair: Robin Stryker
Current Position: Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Misty Ring-Ramirez
Dissertation Title: “An Interorganizational Network Analysis of the Social Movement Sector in New York, 1960-1995.”
Dissertation Chairs: Jennifer Earl and Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University

Kendra Thompson-Dyck
Dissertation Title: “Revisiting the Neighborhood: A Spatial Analysis of Community Organizations and Juvenile Recidivism in the Urban Southwest.”
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current Position: Senior Analyst in the Assessment, Research and Grant Development Department, University of Arizona

2017-18

Jurgita Abromaviciute
Dissertation Title: “Single Parents at Work: The Effects of the Intersection of Gender, Parental Status, and Marital Status on Workplace Outcomes.”
Dissertation Chair: Erin Leahey
First Position: Limited-Term Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University, San Bernardino

David J. McBee
Dissertation Title: “The Research Problem of Research Obstacles”
Dissertation Chair: Erin Leahey
First Position: Statistical Analyst at the Leonard Davis Institute at the University of PennsylvaniaFirst Position: Statistical Analyst at the Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

Simone Rambotti
Dissertation Title: "How Inequality Affects Health: Reconciling Evidence from Cross-sectional, Relational, and Longitudinal Analyses"
Dissertation Chairs: Ronald Breiger and Terrence Hill
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Loyola University New Orleans

Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
Dissertation Title: “Building a Wall of Resistance: Mobilization in the Anti-Terror Age.”
Dissertation Chair: Jennifer Earl
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Ricardo Rivas
Dissertation Title: "Environmental Governance and Globalization: Farmed Salmon Industry in Chile"
Dissertation Chair: Kathleen Schwartzman
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and The Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN) in Santiago, Chile.

2016-17

Luis Vila-Henninger
Dissertation Title: “Direct Democracy in America: How Voters Reason About Economic Policy.”
Dissertation Chairs: Jane Zavisca and Jeffrey Sallaz
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain-Europe

Nadina Anderson
Dissertation Title: "Finding Money: Gender, Money, and Marketization in Ukraine"
Dissertation Chair: Jane Zavisca
Current position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Army Research Institute, Fort Belvoir, VA

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: Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston

John "Taylor" Danielson
Dissertation Title: “Migration, Nationalism, and the Restructuring of the Welfare State.”
Dissertation Chair: Robin Stryker
Current Position: Institutional Research Analyst, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

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
Dissertation Title: “God is Great, God is Green: Evangelical and Mainline Protestants in the Environmental Movement”
Dissertation Chair: Don Grant and Kraig Beyerlein
Current position: Assessment and Research Specialist, Student Success and Retention Innovation, 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 Chair: 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
First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Stockton University of New Jersey
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Northern Arizona University 

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, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California at Irvine 

Eric Schoon 
Dissertation Title: “From Freedom to Constraint: How Illegitimacy Shapes Civil Conflict.”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger
Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ohio State University

Ryan Seebruck
Dissertation Title: "Engineering Equality: The Organization of Education Labor Markets and the Distribution of Teacher Quality in Japan"
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
Current position: Statistician, U. S. Department of Homeland Security

Seth Wright
Dissertation Title: "Competence, Warmth, and Expectations: An Integration of Status Characteristics Theory and the Stereotype Content Model"
Dissertation Chair: Louise Roth and Henry A. Walker
First position: Senior Lecturer, Northern Arizona University
Current position: Instructor, Continuing Education and the Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder                                                  

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: Lecturer, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Jessica Hamar Martinez
Dissertation Title: "Religious Switching Among Latinos: The Congregational Context"
Dissertation Chair: Kraig Beyerlein
First position: Research Associate, Pew Research Center
Current position: Senior Data Analyst, University Analytics & Institutional Research, University of Arizona

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

Monica Whitham
Dissertation Title: “Symbolic Social Network Ties: Motivating Cooperation in Collective Action.”
Dissertation Chairs: Linda Molm and Joe Galaskiewicz
Current position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Oklahoma State University

2012-13

Sondra N. Barringer
Dissertation Title: “Limitations on the Role of Stakeholders and the Diverse Effects of Market Conditions: College and University Finances, 1980-2010.”
Dissertation Chairs: Scott R. Eliason and Joseph Galaskiewicz
First position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Georgia
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University

Cindy Cain
Dissertation Title: “Heart Work is Hard Work: The Challenges and Adaptations of Hospice Careworkers.”
Dissertation Chair: Don Grant
First position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Second position: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alabama Birmingham

Daniel Martinez
Dissertation Title: “The Crossing Experience: Unauthorized Migration along the Arizona-Sonora Border.”
Dissertation Chairs: Celestino Fernandez and Kraig Beyerlein (University of Notre Dame)
First position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, George Washington University 
Current position: Assistant Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona

Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli
Dissertation Title: “Half a Loaf: Generosity in Cash Assistance to Single Mothers across US States, 1911-1996.”
Dissertation Chair: Lane Kenworthy
Current position: Research Specialist, University of Maryland

Katrina Running
Dissertation Title: “Towards Climate Justice: Examining Concern for Climate Change in Developed, Transitioning and Developing Countries.”
Dissertation Chair: Lane Kenworthy
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Idaho State University

Jennifer Schultz De La Rosa
Dissertation Title: “What Structures Network Structure: How Culture, Class, and Context Matter in the Development of Social Capital”
Dissertation Chair: Ronald Breiger
First position: Researcher, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
Current position:Associate, Evaluation, Workforce Development Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona

Garrett Schneider
Dissertation Title: “Forging Citigroup: The Making of the Global Financial Services Conglomerate and the Remaking of Postwar Capitalism”
Dissertation Chair: Lane Kenworthy
First position: Research Associate, Lieberman Associates Worldwide
Current position: Senior Research and Public Policy Analyst, Writers Guild of America West

Zachary Schrank
Dissertation Title: “Market Inversion: An Ethnography on the Niche Dynamics of the Local Organic Food Movement.”
Dissertation Chair: Jeffrey Sallaz
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend

Matt Ward
Dissertation Title: “Battling to Secure America's Borders: Understanding Mobilization in the Contemporary U.S. Anti-Immigration Movement.”
Dissertation Chairs: Kraig Beyerlein (University of Notre Dame) and Charles Ragin (UC-Irvine)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, University of Southern Mississippi

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, Department of Sociology and Criminology, 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
Second position: Adjunct Faculty, American Public University
Current position: Adjunct Faculty, College of Doctoral Studies, Grand Canyon 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: Associate 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 Chairs: Joseph Galaskiewicz and Linda Molm
First position:  Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California--Riverside
Current position: Associate 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, Anthropology and 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
Second position: Research Fellow, Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, Yale Law School          
Current position: Assistant Professor, Law, Medicined and Sociology, Penn State Law, University Park

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 II (NORC), University of Chicago

Joseph Cabrera
Dissertation Title: “Planning Social Capital: New Urbanism and the Formation of Social Interaction, Social Connection, and Community Satisfaction.”
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
Second position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Reed College            
Current position: Associate Director, Gender and Social Inclusion, Millennium Challenge Corporation

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: Associate 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
Second position: Program and Research Manager, Executive Office of the President, University of Arizona           
Current position: Associate Diversity Officer and Coordinator of Faculty Development, Diversity and Inclusion, 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: Associate 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 and Director, LEEP Center, Clark University

Lorien Lake-Corral
Current position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Maine at Augusta

Jamie Dolan
Dissertation Title: “Do Good Things for the Fish: Organizational 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
Second position: Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University         
Current position: Research Consultant and Social Scientist, Portland, OR

Jeff Larson
Dissertation Title: “Why Change? Organizational Adaptation and Stability in a Social Movement Field.”
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Towson University
Current position: Research statistician, State of Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning

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: Instructor, Department of Sociology, 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, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Alabama

Yi Han
Dissertation Title: “Institutional Logics, Extended Rationality, and the Effects of Military Background of Business Leaders.”
Dissertation Chair: Al Bergesen
First position: Assistant Professor, Peking University
Current position: Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Olga Mayorova 
Dissertation Title: “Social Capital and Institutional Transition: Regional Context for Network Use in Job Search in Russia, 1985-2001.”
Dissertation Chairs: Ronald Breeiger and Jane Zavisca
First position: Senior Research Associate, American Sociological Association
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

Rachael Neal
Dissertation Title: “Working Together: Government Contractors Building Democracy Abroad.”
Dissertation Chair: Joseph Galaskiewicz
First position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Coe College
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Work, 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-Irvine)
Current position: 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, Department of Sociology, 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)
First position: Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Current position: Consultant and Founder, Brian Hewlett, LLC, L.I.F.E. Lessons

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
Second position: Research Scientist, Louisiana Public Health Initiative
Current position: Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Samantha Kwan
Dissertation Title: “Contested Meanings about Body, Health, and Weight:  Frame Resonance, Strategies of Action, and The Uses of Culture.”
Dissertation Chairs: Al Bergesen and Louise Roth
First position: Assistant Professor, Department Sociology, University of Houston
Current position: Associate Professor, Department 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, Department off Sociology, 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
Second position: Resident Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Creighton University
Current position: Associate Instructional Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Houston

Rebecca Sager
Dissertation Title: “The "Purpose Driven" Policy? Explaining State-Level Variation in the Faith-Based Initiative.”
Dissertation Chair: Mark Chaves (Duke University)
First position: Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Loyola Marymount University-LA
Current position: Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, Loyola Marymount University-LA 

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, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 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
Second position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Current position: Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA

Omar Lizardo
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
Second position: Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Current position: Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA

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 Director of the Applied Research and Education Center, Sociology, Indiana University Southeast

Martin Hughes
Dissertation Title: Assistant Professor, Calvin College
Second position: Lecturer, Grand Rapids Community College
Current position: Director, Academic Program Liberal Studies, Whitworth University

Kristi Clark-Miller
Current position: Professor and Chair, 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 at the University of California-Irvine

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: Max McGraw Chair of Management and the Environment and Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management