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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Graduate Students

Sandra Yesenia Huerta Baca
PhD student
Research Interests: Intersectionality, Xicana Feminism, and Social Movements 

Kerri Bellamy
PhD student
Research Interest: Criminology

Will Chernoff
PhD student
Research Interests: juvenile justice; police use of force; feminist criminology; cultural criminology; crime, victimization, and inequality; mentorship; web ecology; big data; mixed method

Krystal Cooper
Masters student
Research Interests: Gender in Society 

Matthew Dance
PhD student
Research Interests:  Relations of higher education with communities, Critical Theory focused on social systems and institutions, and current epistemes pervading societies discourses

Ana Luiza de Campos Paula 
PhD student
Research Interests: Rural and community development; political sociology; social stratification/inequality. The main question behind my dissertation is how land tenure or the control over the land empowers the Brazilian peasant population (mostly impoverished, non-white peasants) turning them into full, critical citizens.

Ralph De Zago
PhD Student
Research Interests: 

Alayna Fahrny
Masters Student
Research Interests: Criminology, media, and deviance. 

Edward L.W. Green
Ph.D. student
Research Interests: specializes in criminology and rural development.  Actively engaged in prison ethnography, cultural criminology, and the study of rural development.  Generally, interested in the relationship between state institutions and how they affect the broader social landscape. 

Michelle Horstmeier
PhD student
Research Interests: rural development, agricultural development, sustainable agriculture, climate change, indigenous populations, etc. 

Vivian Hughes
Masters student
Research Interests: Development, Migration, Environment/Sustainability 

Joseph Jakubek
PhD student
Research Interests: Religion, Politics, Culture, Rural Identity, Phenomenology, and Social Structure.

Nicole John-Danzell
Ph.D. Student
Research interests: Social Gerontology Emphasis on Work and Retirement, Social and Cultural Construction of Aging

Donya Karimi 
PhD Student
Research Interests: International Development and Migration, Political Sociology

Iveta Kesane
PhD Student
Research interests: International Development, Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology and Migration

Arjun Kharel
PhD Student
Research Interests: International Development, Rural Development,
Social Movements, Fair-trade, Migration, Qualitative Research.

Dzhamilia Makashova
Masters student
Research Interests: Criminology

Michael Miller
PhD student
Research Interests: Rural sociology, Rural Development, U.S. Food Insecurity, Food and Agriculture, Poverty, Stratification, Racial Inequality, Community Development, Research Methods 

Laura Murphy

PhD student
Research Interests: Criminology, middle-class crime, juvenile crime, murder

Jared Nyagol 
PhD Student
Research Interests: International & Rural Development, Migration, Politics, Health and Aging

Joab Omondi Esamwata (Fulbright Scholar)
PhD student
Research Interests: International Development, Rural Development and Agriculture, Monitoring and Evaluation

Alagi Patel 
Masters student
Research Interests:  Development, Globalization, Urban, Political Economy, and Environment  

Daniel Sitterle 
PhD student
Research Interests: Racial/Ethnic Identities, Inequalities, Discrimination, Injustice, Stratification

Stacy Smith
PhD Student
Research Interests: Culture, Social Movements/Group Behavior, Religion, Emotion, and Music

Jan Todd
PhD Student
Research Interests: Theory, International Development, and Religion

April Terry 
PhD Student
Research Interests: Examining the differences in attitudes among juvenile justice system personnel; assessing risk/need/personality characteristics of juvenile offenders; exploring the pathways to offending; sexual behaviors and orientation of incarcerated populations; clinical therapy with mentally ill offenders and sex offending youth.  

Adam Veitch
PhD student
Research Interests: 

David Westfall

Research Interests: 

Ashley Wunder
Masters student
Research Interests: Urban Sociology, Community Development, and Cultural Sociology




Graduate Student Achievements:

Tunnell, K. D. & Green, E. L. W. (2015). Critical criminology in the life and work of Eugene Victor Debs. Critical Criminology, 23, 39-55.