Department of Sociology

Ph.D. Job Candidates

The Department of Sociology is pleased to present its current job market candidates. The candidates' dissertation titles, supervisors, and webpages with links to their CVs can be found below. For any questions concerning the students or for further assistance in contacting prospective candidates, please contact the Department at (512) 232-6300 or the candidates directly.

Anima Adjepong, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Afropolitan Projects: Creating Community, Identity, and Belonging"
Supervisor(s): Ben Carrington

Sarah Blanchard, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "Academic and Social Influences of Underrepresented Adolescents' Perceptions of Opportunity and Plans for the Future"
Supervisor(s): Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Shantel Buggs, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Utopic Subjects, Post-Racial Desires: Mixed-Race, Intimacy, and the On-line Dating Experience"
Supervisor(s): Ben Carrington

Jacinto Cuvi, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Selling the City: Trade, Planning, and Politics on the Streets of Sao Paulo"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero

Chelsea Smith Gonzalez, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Family and Neighborhood Contexts of Child Maltreatment"
Supervisor(s): Robert Crosnoe

Erika Grajeda, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "On the Corner: Gender, Race, and the Making of Day Labor Markets in New York City and San Francisco"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero and Christine Williams

Pamela Neumann, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "No Safe Place: Violence against Women, Legal Activism, and the Gendered State in Nicaragua"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero and Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez

Julie Skalamera Olson, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Short- and Long-Term Health Response to Social Risk in High School"
Supervisor(s): Robert Crosnoe

Cristian Paredes, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "Multidimensional Ethno-Racial Status in Latin American Contexts of Mestizaje"
Supervisor(s): Nestor Rodriguez

Marcos Perez, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "Iron Fellows: Commitment and Activism in a Poor People’s Movement"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero

Brandon Robinson, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "The New Youth Homelessness: LGBTQ Street Kids in the Urban South"
Supervisor(s): Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez and Debra Umberson

Connor Sheehan, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Institutional Context and Health Disparities in the United States"
Supervisor(s): Mark Hayward

Katherine Sobering, Ph.D., 2017
Dissertation: "Workplace Equality in Argentine Worker-Recuperated Businesses"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero

Ori Swed, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "Aid in Conflict: Nongovernmental Organizations and State Repression"
Supervisor(s): Ari Adut and Alex Weinreb

Maggie Tate, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "Wasteland to Wonderland: The Politics of Aesthetics and Homeless Management in Austin's Urban Core"
Supervisor(s): Ben Carrington

Christine Wheatley, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: "No Place Like Home: The American Deportation Regime and Returning Migrants in Mexico"
Supervisor(s): Nestor Rodriguez and Sharmila Rudrappa


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