Graduate Students

Celine Maria Ayala

Nicholas Baxter

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology and English, Northern Illinois University
  • MA, Sociology, Northern Illinois University

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental Sociology, Urban/Community Sociology, Culture, Theory, Qualitative Methods

Dissertation Title

On Muddy Banks: An Eco-Ethnography of a River Town

Representative Scholarship

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

Advisor

Dr. Futrell

Suzanne Becker

Degrees

  • BA, Journalism & Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Email

[email protected]

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

Degrees

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

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Culture, Deviance, Media, Technology, Communication, Education

Representative Scholarship

  • 2014. "Holistic Campus Solutions: Collaborating Towards Student Retention and Success," presented at the College Board Forum, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2014. "Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students," presented at the ASA Pre-Conference, Oakland, CA.
  • 2014. "Academic Advisors Collaborating Across Campus for Veteran Student Initiatives," (with T. Johnson) presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2014. "Choosing a Major: An Institutional Survey of Potential Cause and Effect," (with Heather Hatch) presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region Conference, Berkeley, CA.
  • 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. Gottschalk

Denise N. Cook

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology, California State University, Sacramento
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology and Human Sexuality, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • MA, Sociology, University of Louisville

Email

[email protected]

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

Andre Dixon

Christina Dylag

Maddie Jo Evans

Jessica Fasano

Lori L. Fazzino

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology, Pacific Lutheran University
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology and Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University
  • MA Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

Degree

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

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2019

Research and Teaching Interests

Media Socialization, Criminology

Representative Scholarship

Galloway, L. F. E., Engstrom, E., & Emmers-Sommer, T. (2015). Does movie viewing cultivate young people’s unrealistic expectations about love and marriage? Marriage and Family Review 51 (8), 687-712. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2015.1061629

Advisor

Dr. Spivak

Jesus Gonzalez

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology and Spanish, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Sociology, California State University, Northridge

Email

[email protected]

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

Shekinah Hoffman

Antoinette M. Izzo

Degrees

  • BA, English, National University
  • MA, Human Behavior, National University
  • MA, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests

Symbolic Interactionism; Embodiment of Armed Conflict; Military Studies; Culture and Masculinity; Sexuality Studies; Neoliberalism, Sex Work, and Erotic Entrepreneurship; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods.

Advisor

Dr. Barb Brent

Nicole Dezrea Jenkins

Josiah R. Kidwell

Daniel James Krystosek

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology, California State University, Sacramento
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

Alessandra Lanti

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests

Sexuality and Sexual Behavior, Sex Work and the Sex Industry, Social Psychology, Mental Health

Representative Scholarship

2012 "Exploring Reasons Why Men and Women Refrain from Sex Despite Desire." MA Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Advisor

Dr. Brents

Matthew M. Le Claire

Degrees

  • BA, Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno
  • MA, Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Crime, Deviance, Juveniles, Victimization

Representative Scholarship

“Foster Care in Reno, Nevada: Does aging-Out of Foster Care Increase the Presence of Risk Factors and Criminality?” MA Thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.

“A Qualitative Content Analysis of Aging-Out of Foster Care: What Problems and Solutions Exist?” presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 2015.

Advisor

Dr. Spivak

Dawn Marie Lighthiser

Degrees

  • BA, Criminology and Investigation [Minor in Psychology], West Virginia University
  • MA, Applied Sociology, West Virginia University

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2019

Research and Teaching Interests

Culture, Urban Societies & Space, Communities & Neighborhoods, Demography, Visual Sociology

Representative Scholarship

2011. “The Social Transformation of Coffee Houses: The Emergence of Chain Establishments and the Private Nature of Usage,” MA Thesis West Virginia University.

Woldoff, Rachael A., Dawn Lozzi, and Lisa Dilks. 2013. “The Social Transformation of Coffee Houses: The Emergance of Chain Establishments and the Private Nature of Usage.” International Journal of Social Science Studies. 1 (2): 205-218.

Advisor

Dr. Brents

Bridget Cowan Longoria

Degrees

  • BA University Studies, Minors in Sociology, Communications, and English, Texas Tech University, 2013.
  • MA in Sociology, Texas Tech University, 2016.

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests

Social psychology, Symbolic Interactionism, Identity transformations, Identity work, Qualitative methods.

Representative Scholarship

“Identity Transformations of the Silent Generation: The Widowed Identity and the Influence of Time to Adjust,” MA Thesis, Texas Tech University

Erick B López

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests

Racial and Ethnic Inequalities, Acculturation, Race and Class-based Health Disparities, Social Epidemiology, Quantitative Methods

Representative Scholarship

López, E. B., & Yamashita, T. (2015). Acculturation, Income and Vegetable Consumption Behaviors Among Latino Adults in the US: A Mediation Analysis with the Bootstrapping Technique. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-7.

Advisor

Dr. Yamashita

Rachel Teressa Macfarlane

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology, Weber State University
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

John L. Mueller

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology Minor in Psychology, University of Houston-Downtown
  • MA, Sociology, University of Houston

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Sociology of Film, Media and Technology, Interaction, and Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship

2014. “Changing Film Images Associated with Social and Cultural Variations: An Analysis of Future-Based American Film,” MA Thesis, University of Houston.

Advisor

Dr. Dickens

Nicholas Mac Murray

Degrees

  • BA, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • MA, Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Email

[email protected]

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

Dr. Futrell

Genevieve Minter

Degrees

  • AA, Psychology, College of Southern Nevada
  • BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests

Environmental Sociology, Ecopsychology, Criminology

Representative Scholarship

“Awakening Ecological Consciousness: Toward and Ecopsychology for Young Children.” MA Thesis. Undergoing rewrites and resubmission to Environmental Education Research.

Advisor

Dr. Spivak

Deo Mshigeni

Degrees

  • BA, Political Science and Sociology, University of Dar es Salaam
  • MA, Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

December 2015

Research and Teaching Interests

Social Movements, Globalization, Political Sociology, Religion, Culture and Race & Ethnicity

Representative Scholarship

“Terrorism in Context: Race, Religion, Party and Violent Conflict in Zanzibar” In the American Sociologist (co-author with Dr. B. Brents) 2005.

“Racial and Ethnic Identity Construction in Zanzibar Youth Movement: The Case of the Zanzibar Youth Forum and the Blue & White Guards,” presented at the Society for Studying Social Problems (SSSP) annual meeting, Montreal, Canada 2006.

Dissertation Title (for ABDs only): Globalization and the Rise of Radical Islamic Social Movement Organizations: The Case of UAMSHO (AWAKENING) Group in Zanzibar.

Advisor(s)

Dr. Barbara G. Brents and Dr. David Dickens

Greg Murrell

Vanessa Núñez

Brian S. O’Hara

Degrees

  • BA, Colorado St. University
  • MA, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

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

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford

Email

[email protected]

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

Jacqueline S. Ragin

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology and Economics, University of Zambia
  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, Fort Valley State University
  • MPH Environmental Health, Fort Valley State University

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Aging and Policy; Family Caregiving; Mental Health; Suicide; Quantitative Research Methods

Dissertation Title

Privilege and Caregiving Interventions: The Role of Social Location on Coping with Caregiving

Advisor

Jennifer Keen

Jennifer J. Reed

Degrees

  • BA, Psychology, Mount Union College
  • MA, Sociology, The University of Akron

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2017

Research and Teaching Interests

Gender, Sexuality, and Sex Work; Politics, Social Movements, and Social Change; Environment and Technology;  Public Health and Social Policy; Research Methods and Statistical Analysis

Representative Scholarship

2016. “Missing Rights and Misplaced Justice for Sex Workers in the United States.” Pp. 15-23 in Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2016, edited by Glenn Muschert, Brian Klocke, Robert Perrucci, and Jon Shefner. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. (with Crystal A. Jackson)

Dissertation Title

Intersectional Activism through the Lens of the Ecosexual Movement

Advisor

Dr. Barb Brents

Daniel Sahl

Degrees

  • BAH, Sociology, Queen's University
  • MA, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

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

Jason Scott

Degrees

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

Email

[email protected]

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

Marta Soligo

Degrees

  • BA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università di Bergamo, Italy
  • MA, Planning and Management of Tourism Systems, Università di Bergamo, Italy

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

2020

Research and Teaching Interests

Sociology of Tourism, Culture, Cultural Heritage Studies, Urban Sociology, Ethnography

Advisors

Dr. Bo Bernhard, Dr. David R. Dickens

Alex Simmons

Rhonda Adams Smith

Sarah St. John

Degrees

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

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2016

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

Ashley R. Steckler

Degrees

  • BS, Behavioral Sciences- Sociology, New York Institute of Technology
  • MA, Sociology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests

Social Psychology, Symbolic Interaction, Marriage and Family, Gender, Identity Work, Parental Identity, Medical Sociology, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Representative Scholarship

2016. "Finding Parenthood: Parental Identity through Assisted Reproductive Methods and the Implications for Efficacy Based and Worth Based Self-Esteem,” MA Thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Advisor

Dr. Brents

Jennifer Stevens

Degree

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

Email

[email protected]

Expected Graduation Date

May 2018

Research and Teaching Interests

Social Movements, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods

Representative Scholarship

2014. “Drive By Ethnography,” presented with Nicholas Baxter and Christopher T. Conner at the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Advisor

Dr. Gottschalk

Kimberly Tejchma-Sanford

Chris Wakefield

Hope Youngblood