PhD in Sociology

Jason A.  Smith

Jason A. Smith, 2019

Dissertation Title: Deliberating Diversity: Race and Gender in FCC Ownership Debates, 2007-2011

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Erin Stephens

Erin Stephens, 2019

Dissertation Title: Making #BlackLivesMatter: A Social Media Ethnography of Cultural Trauma

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Jessica Emami

Jessica Emami, 2018

Dissertation Title: Gender, Group Solidarity, Group Conflict, and the Civic Engagement of Iranian Americans

Felicia Garland-Jackson

Felicia Garland-Jackson, 2018

Dissertation Title: Missing Voices: Participants' Narratives of the National Park Service's Summer in the Parks Program [1968-1976]

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Melissa Gouge

Melissa Gouge, 2018

Dissertation Title: Generating Solidarity: The Playful Politics of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Abdallah Hendawy

Abdallah Hendawy, 2018

Dissertation Title: Reluctant Radicals: from Democratic Aspiration to Violent Conspiration in the Wake of Egypt’s Arab Spring

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Avideh Mayville

Avideh Mayville, 2018

Dissertation Title: The Transformation of “Capacity” in International Development: US AID and the Rise of Transnational Militancy in Afghanistan and Pakistan (1977-2017)

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William Roche

William Roche, 2018

Dissertation Title: Implementing the International “Responsibility to Protect”: A Sociological Case Study of the Institutional Practices of United States Department of Defense toward Operationalizing Humanitarian Intervention.

Victoria Hoverman

Victoria Hoverman, 2017

Dissertation Title: Social Perceptions Matter: Exploring Factors that Influence Perceived Community HIV/AIDS Stigma amongst Black, White, and Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men

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Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson, 2017

Dissertation Title: “Meet Them Where They Are”: Social Movement Communication in a Culture of Personal Politics

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Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson, 2017

Dissertation Title: A Right-to-Work Model, the Unionization of Fairfax County Government Workers

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Jean Boucher

Jean Boucher, 2016

Dissertation Title: Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief, Lifestyle Lock-In, and Personal Carbon Footprints

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Nicole  Barreto  Hindert

Nicole Barreto Hindert, 2016

Dissertation Title: The Jeito of the Mulata: Race, Identity, and Distinction in a Racial Democracy

Katie Kerstetter

Katie Kerstetter, 2016

Dissertation Title: School Reform, Care Work, and Social Reproduction in Two Public Elementary Schools

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Randy Lynn

Randy Lynn, 2016

Randy Lynn is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the founder of the Few Years' Resolution initiative ( His work has been published in academic books and journals, and has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Abigail Reiter

Abigail Reiter, 2016

Dissertation Title: Racialized Microaggressions, Internalized and Intersecting Oppressions, and Identity Negotiation among Students of Color at a Predominately White University in the US Southeast

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Olivia  Blackmon

Olivia Blackmon, 2015

Dissertation Title: Underrepresented Minority Students in Urban School Districts: A Study of Technology Use and Student Academic Performance in Math Grades Four and Eight

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Naliyah Kaya

Naliyah Kaya, 2015

Using her expertise to support and enrich student lives

Naliyah Kaya is Coordinator for Multiracial and Native American Indian/Indigenous Student Involvement at the University of Maryland, where she is also a member of the adjunct faculty in its Department of Sociology

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Perry Threlfall

Perry Threlfall, 2015

Dissertation Title: Contextualizing the Support Systems of Single Mothers in College: Facilitating Critical Feminist Analysis Using Mixed Methods

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Sara Moore

Sara Moore, 2013

Sara Moore is a tenure-track faculty in the Department of Sociology at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

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