Department of Sociology

Graduate Students

Nicholas Baxter

(BA, Sociology and English, Northern Illinois University; MA, Sociology, Northern Illinois University)

Email: baxtern3@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental Sociology, Urban Sociology, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2008. “Playing at Identity: Live Action Role Playing as Dramaturgical Leisure,” MA Thesis Northern Illinois University.

Advisor: Dr. Futrell

Suzanne Becker

(BA, Journalism & Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Email: beckers@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Social Movements and Social Change, Environmental Sociology

Representative Scholarship: “New Movements and New Spaces: Sexuality, Gender, and Resistance in Contemporary Women’s Roller Derby,” presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, New York City, New York, 2013

Dissertation Title: Fishnets and Femininities: Contemporary Complexities of Gender, Sexuality and Identity within Women’s Roller Derby

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Valarie C. Burke

(BA, Psychology [Minor in Sociology], University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.Ed, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: valarie.burke@unlv.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Culture, Deviance, Media, Technology, Communication, Education

Representative Scholarship: 2013. “Writing a Script toward Graduation: Identifying and Achieving Short- and Long-Term Goals,” (with D Sommer, & T. Johnson) presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Advisor: Dr. Borer

Christopher T. Conner

(BA, Sociology, Indiana University Indianapolis; MA, Sociology, Indiana University Indianapolis)

Email: chris.conner@unlv.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Deviance, Culture, Theory, Urban Sociology, Social Problems, Statistics.

Representative Scholarship: 2013. “Music Promotion in the Culture Industry: An Empirical Critique.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

“Parties, Death, and Overdose: Concern about Postmodern Economies, Moral Panics, and The

Production of Knowledge.” Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Annual Meeting.

Denver, CO. August 2012.

Advisor: Dr. Dickens

Denise N. Cook

(BA, Sociology, California State University, Sacramento; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: denise.cook@unlv.edu

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Volunteerism, Nonprofits, Work and Occupations, Culture, Quantitative Methods, Sexuality

Representative Scholarship: 2012. “Post-Materialism and Attitudes about Prostitution” MA Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Advisors: Dr. Spivak, Dr. Dickens

Joshua Corum

(BA, Psychology and Human Sexuality, Indiana University, Bloomington; MA, Sociology, University of Louisville)

Email: corumj@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests: Sexuality and Sexual Behavior, Political Sociology, Theory

Representative Scholarship: 2012. “"What do you mean I’m a Slut?!?!” Deconstructing the Definitions of Promiscuity of the Collective Conscience using Concepts from Labeling Theory and Biopower,” MA Thesis, University of Louisville.

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Lori L. Fazzino

(BA, Sociology, Pacific Lutheran University; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas):

Email: fazzinol@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Religion, Culture, Deviance, Social Movements, Mental Health, Theory

Representative Scholarship: Forthcoming. “Leaving the Church Behind: Applying a Deconversion Perspective to Evangelical Exit Narratives.” Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Advisor: Dr. Borer

Jenna Findlay

(BA, Sociology and Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University; MA Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: zulaufj@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Research Methods

Representative Scholarship: December 2008 – May 2011, Graduate Research Assistant, NSF EPSCoR Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach Policy Project; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Advisor: Dr. Futrell

Lauren F. E. Galloway

(BA, MA, Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: gallow41@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests: Romantic relationships, Sexuality, Media Socialization

Representative Scholarship: “Does Movie-Viewing Cultivate Unrealistic Expectations About Love and Marriage?” Poster presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington, DC, 2013.

Advisor: TBD

Michelle Gladman

(BA, MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas )

Email: gladman@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural Studies, Political Sociology, and Sex, Gender & Sexualities

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Jesus Gonzalez

(BA, Sociology and Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, Sociology, California State University, Northridge)

Email: gonza821@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Culture, Urban Sociology, Theory, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2012. “Adorno & Hip-Hop: A Critical Encounter,” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, San Diego, CA.

Advisor: Dr. Borer

Jennifer Heineman

(BS, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Sexuality, Culture, and Society Certificate, University of Amsterdam; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: anappleofdiscord@hotmail.com

Expected Graduation Date: Dec 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender and Sexuality, Sociological Theory, Women’s Studies/ Feminist Theory

Representative Scholarship: Heineman, Jenny. Forthcoming. “Sex Worker or Graduate Student? Legitimation, Master Status, and Resistance in Academia.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Special Issue on Problematizing Prostitution: Critical Research and Scholarship).

Dissertation Title: Sex Work, Place and Space, and Alternative Research Methods

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Daniel James Krystosek

(BA, Sociology, California State University, Sacramento; MA, Sociology, University Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: krystose@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Deviance & Criminology, Race & Ethnic Studies, Politics & Social Movements, Research Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2012.”Thou Shalt Not: Religiosity and Attitudes Toward Marijuana Legalization” MA Professional Paper, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Advisor: Dr. Spivak

Erick López

(BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: lopeze5@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Race/Ethnicity, Health, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: “Linguistic Isolation, Acculturation, and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Latinos in the U.S.”

Advisor: Dr. Yamashita

Rachel Teressa Macfarlane

(BA, Sociology, Weber State University; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: macfarla@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Criminology/Penology, Gender, Family/Lifecourse, Theory, Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2013. "Life Circumstances vs. Model Masculinity: Men’s Experiences of Providership and Family and Their Attitudes about a Gendered Division of Labor." MA Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Advisor: Dr. Keene

Nicholas Mac Murray

(BA, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder; MA, Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato)

Email: macmurra@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests: Sociology of Death and Dying, Social Psychology, Symbolic Interactionism, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2011. “Dying Today: Perspectives of the Modern Hospice Worker.” MA Thesis, Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Advisor: TBD

Genevieve Minter

(BA, Psychology [minor in Sociology], University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: minterg2@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental Sociology, Ecopsychology, and Social Psychology

Representative Scholarship: Forthcoming. “Ecopsychology, Environmental Values, and Place Attachment; A Content Analysis of Preschool Curricula,” MA Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Advisor: Dr. Gottschalk

Ezra Needham

(AA, Sociology, College of Southern Nevada; BA, French and Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: needham2@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: December 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, Political Economy, Qualitative Methods, Transgender and Queer Issues, Feminist/Womanist Theory and Methods.

Representative Scholarship: 2012. “Liminal, Everywhere: Trans*folk Negotiating Queer (and non-Queer) Spaces in Las Vegas,” presented at the Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, San Diego, CA.

Advisor: Dr. Dickens

Vanessa Núñez

(BA, Sociology, University of California, San Diego )

Email: nunezv1@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests: Culture, Immigration, Education, Ethnography

Advisor: TBD

Brian S. O’Hara

(BA, Colorado St. University; MA, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: bohara@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Culture, Urban Sociology, Sports & Leisure, Visual Sociology

Representative Scholarship: 2009. “Fighting for Respect: Identity Narratives of Mixed Martial Arts Fighters,” (with Michael Ian Borer), Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Advisor: Dr. Borer

Christina Parreira

(BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut; MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford)

Email: parreira@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, sex work, prostitution policy, deviance, social movements, quantitative methods

Representative Scholarship: 2013. “Sexism, Strippers, and Slut-Shaming.” Presented at Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Jennifer J. Reed

(BA, Psychology, Mount Union College; MA, Sociology, The University of Akron)

Email: reedj32@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Environment, Health & Technology, Sexuality & Gender, Political Sociology & Public Policy, Social Movements & Social Change

Representative Scholarship: “Gender (Re)Production of Emotion Work and Feeling Rules in Second Life." 2013. Pp. 77-87 in Women and Second Life: Essays on Virtual Identity, Work and Play, edited by Julia Achterberg and Dianna Baldwin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Dissertation Title: In Pursuit of Social Justice at the Postmodern Turn: Intersectional Activism through the Lens of the Ecosexual Movement

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Allison Heard Sahl

(BS, Sociology, Georgia Southwestern State University; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: hearda2@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Marriage and Family, Gender and Work, Aging and the Life Course, Quantitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: Sahl, Allison Heard and Christie Batson. 2011. “Race and Religion in the Bible Belt: Parental Attitudes toward Interfaith Relationships.” Sociological Spectrum 31(4): 444-465.

Advisor: Dr. Batson

Daniel Sahl

(BAH, Sociology, Queen's University; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: sahld@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Summer 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Gambling, Video Games and Digital Culture, Sexual Assault, Methods and Statistics

Representative Scholarship: Daniel Sahl and Jennifer Reid Keene. 2012. “The Effects of Age, Authority, and Gender on Perceptions of Statutory Rape Offenders.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 27(18):3701–22.

Advisor: Dr. Bernhard

Marko Salvaggio

(BS, Business, California State University, Bakersfield; MA, Sociology, California State University, Bakersfield)

Email: salvagg5@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental Sociology, Urban Sustainability, Culture, Mobilities, Tourism, Theory, Research Methods

Representative Scholarship: Marko Salvaggio, Robert Futrell, Christie D. Batson, and Barbara G. Brents. 2013. “Water scarcity in the desert metropolis: how environmental values, knowledge and concern affect Las Vegas residents’ support for water conversation policy.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Advisor: Dr. Futrell

Tyler Schafer

(BA, Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: schafe19@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Urban Sociology, Culture, Qualitative Methods, Environmental Sociology, Race, Urban Agriculture

Representative Scholarship: Michael Ian Borer and Tyler S. Schafer. 2011. “Culture War Confessionals: Conflicting Accounts of Christianity, Violence, and Mixed Martial Arts.” Journal of Media and Religion 10(4): 165-184.

Advisor: Dr. Borer

Jason Scott

(BA, Political Science, Cleveland State University; MA, Sociology, Cleveland State University; MSc., International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam)

Email: scottj4@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Criminology, Deviance, International Development, Qualitative Methods, Sexuality

Representative Scholarship: MSc. Thesis: “Medical Tourism in Chiang Mai, Thailand: An Examination of Livelihoods among Massage Workers.” MA Thesis: “Testing Convict Criminology: An Application of Manning’s Ethnographic Typology.”

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Anna C. Smedley

(BSW, MSW, Graduate Certificate Women’s Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: smedleya@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Intersectionality of Race, Gender, Nativity; Social Mobility; Social Inequalities; Access to Education; Social and Economic Sustainability

Representative Scholarship: Under Review. “Critical Frameworks for Understanding Labor Force Disadvantage across Race, Ethnicity, and Gender”

Advisors: Dr. Dickens, Dr. Monnat (Penn State)

Sarah St. John

(BS, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Central Michigan University; MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: stjohns@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Research and Teaching Interests: Youth Gambling, Problem Gambling, Health, Race/Ethnicity, Statistics

Representative Scholarship: Monnat, Shannon, Bo J. Bernhard, Brett L. L. Abarbanel, Sarah A. St. John, and Ashlee Kalina. 2013. “Exploring the Relationship between Treatment Satisfaction, Perceived Improvements in Functioning and Well-being and Gambling Harm Reduction among Clients of Pathological Gambling Treatment Programs.” Community Mental Health Journal

Advisor: Dr. Bernhard

Jennifer Stevens

(BA, Sociology [Minor in Psychology], University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: steven64@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Research and Teaching Interests: Social Movements, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship: 2013. “Exploring Social Movement Motivation and Participation: A Look at Mead and Durkheim,” presented at the Midwestern Sociological Society annual meetings, Chicago, IL.

Advisor: Dr. Gottschalk

Jennifer M. Whitmer

(BA, Sociology and Psychology, Cleveland State University; MA, Sociology, Cleveland State University)

Email: whitmerj@unlv.nevada.edu

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Research and Teaching Interests: Sex and Gender, Social Psychology, Culture, Communication and Information Technology, Classical and Contemporary Theory, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship:2103. “‘Straight Talk’? Men's Style Blogs and the Negotiation of Consumer Masculinities,” presented at Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Reno, NV

Dissertation Title: Fashion 2.0: Gender, Self, and Brand Culture in the Blogosphere

Advisor: Dr. Gottschalk

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