PhD in Sociology

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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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.

Melissa  Cidade

Melissa Cidade, 2017

Dissertation Title: Defining Bullying: A Split-Ballot Survey Experiment

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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Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson, 2017

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

  Jeffrey  Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson , 2017

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

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

Randy Lynn

Randy Lynn, 2016

Randy is a recent graduate. His work has been published in academic books and journals, and has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. His latest project is the Few Years' Resolution initiative (

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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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