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Colin Arnold

M.A. Sociology, University of Virginia, 2018
B.A. Political Science, Loyola Marymount University, 2015

Research Interests:

Political Sociology & Political Economy, Economic Sociology,
Globalization & 
Global Capitalism, Social & Labor Movements

Advisor/Committee:  Jennifer Bair, Simone Polillo, Adam Slez

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Kathryn Babineau

M.S., MPhil Latin American Studies, University of Oxford, 2015
M.S., Public Policy, University of Virginia, 2013
B.A., History and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2012
Advisor/Committee:  Jennifer Bair

Georgia Beake

J.D., Law, University of Denver, 2014
B.A. Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Advisor/Committee:  Simone Polillo

Anna Cameron

Anna Cameron

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2016
B.A., Political Studies, Queen's University
(Kingston, Ontario, Canada), 2013

Research Interests:
Media, Gender, and Popular Culture

Advisor/Committee:  Andrea Press (Chair), Sarah Corse,
Sabrina Pendergrass

Josh Chen

Josh Chen

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2016
M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2006
B.A., English, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2002

Research Interests:
Race and Ethnicity, Culture, Diversity
and Integration, Institutions

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed, Milton Vickerman,
Sabrina Pendergrass


Brooke Dinsmore

M.A. Sociology, University of Virginia, 2018
B.A., Sociology; Minor, Gender and Women Studies,

Connecticut College, New London, CT, 2014

Research Interests:
Race, Class and Gender, Education, Youth
and Childhood, New Media and Culture

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh

Alida Goffinski

M.S.W., Social Work, Indiana University, 2013
B.S.W., Social Work with Highest Distinction, Indiana University
, 2012

Research Interests:
General: Knowledge, Historical Sociology, Culture, Theory
Specific: Aesthetic Theory, Early Modern French & Haitian Politics

Advisor/Committee:  Issac Reed

Alberto Gomez-Daboin

M.A., Sociology, Florida Atlantic University, 2018
B.A., Political Science, Florida Atlantic University, 2015

Advisor/Committee:  Adam Slez

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Jaime Hartless

Jaime Hartless

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2012
M.Sc., Sociology, University of Oxford, UK, 2010
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology (Concentrations in Women's Studies
and American Culture), Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, VA, 2009

Research Interests:
Gender, Sexuality, Culture, Social Movements
Space and Place, Intersectionality

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh, Sarah Corse, 
Simone Polillo

Fauzia Husain

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2014
M.A., Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University, 2009
B.A., Fine Art: Sculpture, Indus Valley School of Art &
Architecture (Karachi), 2001

Research Interests:
Culture, Gender, Postcolonial Sociology,
Globalization and Security

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh, Andrea Press,
Isaac Reed, Simone Polillo

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Su Yeone Jeon

M.A., International Economic Policy, Columbia University, 2016
M.S., Sustainability Management, Columbia University, 2012
B.A., International Agriculture and Rural Development/Applied
Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2010

Research Interests:
Globalization, Political Economy, Political Sociology,
Economic Sociology, Sociology of Elites, and Gender

Advisor/Committee:  Jennifer Bair

Ji Jingjie

M.A., Sociology, Shanghai University, 2016
B.A., Sociology, Shanghai University, 2013

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh

Sarah Johnson

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017
B.A., Sociology, Media Studies (Critical Studies Concentration)
University of North Texas, 2014

Research Interests:
Popular Culture and Media, Political Engagement,
Feminism, Gender

Advisor/Committee:  Andrea Press,
Isaac Reed, Sarah Corse

Elene Kekelia

M.A., Cultural Studies, Ilia State University (Georgia) and
The University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 2011 
B.A., Philosophy and Social Sciences with Honors,
Ilia State University (Georgia), 2008

Research Interests:
Memory Studies, Nationalism, Comparative
Historical Sociology, Soviet Studies,
Empires and √©migre Communities

Advisor/Committee:  Jeffrey Olick Yen-Yu Lin

M.A., Comparative Politics, National Taiwan University (Taiwan), 2017
B.A., Global Political Economy, Waseda University (Japan), 2015
B.A., Political Science, National Taiwan University, 2014

Research Interests:
Nations and Nationalism, Comparative Historical
Sociology, Collective Memory, War and Peace, 
Transitional Justice, and East Asian Studies

Advisor/Committee:  Jeffrey Olick

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Candace Miller

Candace Miller

M.A., Sociology, UNC-Charlotte, 2013
B.A., Sociology, Old Dominion University, 2010

Research Interests:
Race, Urban Sociology, Inequality, Sociology of
Culture, Spatial Data Analysis, Mixed Methods

Advisor/Committee: Sabrina Pendergrass,
Milton Vickerman, Adam Slez 

Abigail Moore

B.A., English/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies,
Yale University, 2015

Research Interests:
Culture, Power, Materiality, Semiotics

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed

Sarah Mosseri

Sarah Mosseri

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2012
B.A., Advertising, University of Georgia, 2006

Research Interests: 
Work, Culture and Inequality

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh, Elizabeth Gorman, Simone Polillo

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Heidi Nicholls

B.A., Social-Science, Westmont College, 2015

Research Interests:
Culture, Power, Space and Place, Theory,
Settler Colonialism and Postcolonial Sociology

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed

Allister Pilar Plater

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017
M.A., Educational Studies, Tufts University, 2014

B.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2012

Research Interests:
Culture, Consumption, Aesthetics, Body and
Embodiment, Power & Inequality

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh, Isaac Reed, Jennifer Bair

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Xian Qu

M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago, 2017
M.A., Social Work, Peking University, 2016
B.A., Social Work, Beijing Normal University, 2014

Advisor/Committee:  Milton Vickerman

Di Shao

M.A., Regional Studies-East Asia, Harvard University, 2016
B.A., Anthropology, Sun Yat Sen University, 2014

Research Interests:
Cultural Sociology, Economic Sociology,
International Migrants and Globalization

Advisor/Committee: Milton Vickerman

Dinsmore Daniel Shutt

M.A., Sociology, George Washington University, 2015
B.A., Political Science and Religious Studies, Elon University, 2009

Research Interests:
Culture, Media, Emotions and Social Theory

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed

Gabriella Smith

Gabriella Smith

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2015
M.A., Sociology, University of Kansas, 2009
B.A., Sociology, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2004

Advisor/Committee:  Allison Pugh, Sarah Corse,
Milton Vickerman

Wenhao Song

B.A., Philosophy, Studio Art, New York University, 2015

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed

Julia Stein

M.A., Liberal Studies, Concentrations in Sociology and American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2018
M.A., Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute, 2013
B.A., Film and Television, New York University, 2004

Advisor/Committee:  Jeffrey Olick

Dinsmore Alexander Sutton

M.A. Sociology, University of Virginia, 2018
B.A. Music Composition, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006

Research Interests: 
Cultural Production, Knowledge, Creativity,
Aesthetics, Sociomusicology, Material Culture

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed

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Vasfiye Betul Toprak 

M.A., Global Studies and Sociocultural Studies,
Florida International University, 2017
B.A., English Language and Literature,
Hacettepe University (Turkey), 2011

Research Interests:
Culture, Modernity, Secularism
and Public Space

Advisor/Committee:  Isaac Reed


Bailey Troia

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2018
B.A., Sociology, Psychology and Women's Studies, 
Randolph-Macon College, 2015

Research Interests:
Sexualities, LGBTQ+ Identities, Gender, 
New Media, Place Culture

Advisor/Committee: Andrea Press


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Catalina Vallejo

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2014
M.A., Cultural Studies, Universidad de los Andes - Colombia, 2011
B.S., Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2009

Research Interests:
Political Sociology, Culture, Comparative Historical Sociology,
Latin America and Memory Studies

Advisor/Committee:  Jeffrey Olick, Jennifer Bair, Simone Polillo

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Linh Vinh

             B.A., Sociology, College of William and Mary, 2016

Research Interests:
Community Mobilization and Grassroots Activism,
Critical Race Theory, Feminism, Decolonization

Advisor/Committee:  Sabrina Pendergrass

Yapeng Wang

M.S., Global China Studies, The Hong Kong University of
Science and 
Technology, 2015
B.A., Journalism, Tianjin Normal University, 2014   

Research Interests:
   Social Stratification 

Advisor/Committee: Josipa Roksa  

Mary-Collier Wilks

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017
B.A., Human Development & Philosophy, Eckerd College, 2012

Research Interests:
Gender and Development, Global and Transnational 
Sociology, Sex and Gender, Political Sociology
and Southeast Asia

Advisor/Committee: Jennifer Bair

Patrice Wright

M.A., Teaching, Marian University, 2014
B.A., Political Science & Spanish Language, Purdue University 2011

Research Interests:
Gender, Feminism, Education

Advisor/Committee:  Josipa Roksa

Shayne Zaslow

M.A., Gender and Cultural Studies, Simmons College, 2011
M.S., Communications Management , Simmons College, 2011
B.A., Sociology, Wagner College, 2008

Research Interests:
Media, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality

Advisor/Committee: Andrea Press

Elissa Zeno

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017
B.A., Women's Studies and Political Science,
Simmons College, 2010

Research Interests:
Gender, Family, Reproduction, Medical
Sociology, Body and Embodiment

Advisor/Committee: Sarah Corse, Jennifer Bair, Fiona Greenland


Hexuan Zhang

M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia, 2013
B.A., Sociology, Peking University, 2010

Research Interests:
Political Culture, Historical Sociology,
Memory Studies, Survey Methodology

Advisor/Committee: Jeffrey Olick,
Sarah Corse, Isaac Reed

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