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Graduate Students

Celine Maria Ayala

(BA, Sociology, University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Crime and Deviance, Urban Sociology, Subcultures, Mixed Methods

Nicholas Baxter

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(BA, Business Management, University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

Research and Teaching Interests: Criminology, Deviance, Intersectionality (Race and Class, Qualitative and Quantitative methods

Advisor: Dr. Barb Brents

Christina Dylag

(BA, English [Minor in Philosophy], University of San Diego)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2020

Research and Teaching Interests: Culture, Social Psychology & Theory

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Maddie Jo Evans

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

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, The Body and Embodiment, Culture, Visual Sociology, Qualitative Methods

Advisor: Dr. Georgiann Davis

Jessica Fasano

(BA, Sociology & BS Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender and Sexuality; Stratification; Educational Policy and Access

Advisor: Dr. Barb Brents

Lori L. Fazzino

(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

(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

(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

(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

(BS, Communications, American University/ Colorado State University)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, Generational, Mixed Methods

Advisor: Bo Bernhar

Antoinette M. Izzo

(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

(BA, Sociology, University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Email: [email protected]

 

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

Research and teaching interests:Intersectionality (Race, Gender and Nation). Methodology (Qualitative and Quantitative).

Advisor: Ranita Ray

Josiah R. Kidwell

(B.S., Sociology, Tennessee Tech University)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: 2020

Research and teaching interests: Technology, Social Media, Religion, Symbolic Interaction, Theory, Qualitative Methods

Advisors: Dr. Simon Gottschalk and Dr. David Dickens

​Daniel James Krystosek

(BA, Sociology, California State University, Sacramento; MA, Sociology, University 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

(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

(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

(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

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

Expected graduation date: May 2020

Email: [email protected]

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

(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

(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

(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

(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

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

(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

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

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Crime and Deviance, Critical Theories (Critical Race Theory), and Mixed Methods Research.

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Vanessa Núñez

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

Email: [email protected]

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: [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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

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

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests: Sociology of Religion, Culture, and Theory

Advisor: Dr. Christie Batson

Rhonda Adams Smith

(BA, English and Sociology, Texas State University; MS, Applied Gerontology University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and teaching interests: Family; Aging and Policy; Veterans Issues; Suicide; Qualitative Research Methods

Advisor: Dr. Barb Brents

Sarah St. John

(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

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

E-mail: [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

(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

(BA, history, Grand Valley State University; Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date:  May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: gender, sexuality and technology

Advisor: Dr. Brents

Chris Wakefield

(BA, Sociology, Syracuse University)

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Deviance, Criminology, Medical Sociology, Theory, Mixed Methods

Advisor: Andrew Spivak

Hope Youngblood

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

Email: [email protected]

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Research and Teaching Interests: Consumer Culture, Critical Gender Theory, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Dr. Barb Brents

 
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