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.

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Eating Together: Race, Social Relationships and Food Practices"
Supervisor(s): Debra Umberson (chair), Robert Crosnoe, Ronald Angel, Benjamin Carrington (USC), Elizabeth Engelhardt (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Elizabeth Cozzolino, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Deadbeat Dads or Debtor's Prison? Jailing for Child Support Nonpayment"
Supervisor(s): Jennifer Glass

Carmen Gutierrez, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "The Institutional Determinants of Health"
Supervisor(s): Becky Pettit

Daniel Jaster, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Returning Home: Social Change, Refiguration, and the Farm Foreclosure Protests of the 1930s Midwestern U.S."
Supervisor(s): Michael Young

Katherine Jensen, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Worthy of Safe Haven: The Politics of Asylum in Contemporary Brazil"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero

Corey McZeal, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Dementia Caregiving in Austin: The Role of the Adult Day Center"
Supervisor(s): Jacqueline Angel

Emily Paine, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Gender and Sexuality in the Doctor's Office: LGBT Experiences of Healthcare"
Supervisor(s): Debra Umberson (chair), Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, David Pedulla (Stanford), Tetyana Pudrovska, Stephen Russell

Robert W. Ressler, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Parental Involvement and Nonprofit Community Organizations"
Supervisor(s): Robert Crosnoe, Pamela Paxton, Chandra Muller, Jennifer Adair

Katherine Sobering, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Workplace Equality in Argentine Worker-Recuperated Businesses"
Supervisor(s): Javier Auyero

Bryan Stephens, Ph.D., 2018
Dissertation: "Entrepreneur Location Choice, Ecosystems, and Career Paths"
Supervisor(s): John Sibley Butler

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


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