Students on the Market

Mark Pawson

Ph.D.: 2019 (CUNY Graduate Center)


Dissertation Title: Illicit Psychoactive Medication Use: Experiences of Medicalization and Drug Normalization

Postdoc Advisor: Brian Kelly

Research Interests: Substance Use, HIV/AIDS, Medicalization, Drug Legalization, Youth Cultures

Teaching Interests: Medical Sociology, Criminology, Social Problems, Research Methods, Juvenile Delinquency, Drugs and Society


Amy Petts

Ph.D. Expected: 2021


Dissertation Title: Causes and Consequences of Racialized College Admission Practices

Dissertation Committee: Linda Renzulli (Chair), Robin Stryker, Scott Feld, Trenton Mize, Rachel Dwyer (OSU)

Research Interests: Racial Inequality, Racial Identity Formation, Higher Education, Educational Inequality, Neighborhood Segregation, Demographic Transitions, Organizations

Teaching Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Statistical Methods, Sociology of Education, Organizations, Law and Society, Data Visualization and Organization, Survey Design, Inequality, Demography


Elle Rochford

Ph.D. Expected: 2021



Dissertation Title: Troubled Pasts and Filtered Futures: Framing Solidarity, Rights, and Threats across Racial Lines in the Reproductive Justice Movement

Dissertation Committee: Rachel Einwohner (Chair), Robin Stryker, Trenton Mize, Jean Beaman (UCSB)

Research Interests: Social Movements, Race/Ethnicity, Law & Society, Digital Sociology

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Deviance and Social Control


Marissa Rurka

Ph.D. Expected: 2021



Dissertation Title: The Caregiver Identity in Context: The Consequences of Identity Challenge from Siblings

Dissertation Committee: Jill Suitor (chair), Shawn Bauldry, Kenneth Ferraro, Megan Gilligan, Robin Stryker

Research Interests: Aging and the Life Course, Family Caregiving, Family Relationships and Health, Long-Term Case, Person-and Family-Centered Care, Identity

Teaching Interests: Social Gerontology, Social Science Research Methods, Sociology of Marriage and Family, Medical Sociology, Social Problems


Stephanie Wilson

Ph.D. Expected: 2021


Dissertation Title: "Gender, Race, Class and the Normalization of Women's Pelvic Pain"

Dissertation Committee: Brian Kelly (Chair), Christie Sennott, Trenton Mize, Andrea DeMaria

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Gender and Intersectionality, Applied Sociology, Provider-Patient Interactions, Medical Decision-Making, Stigma

Teaching Interests: Social Problems, Medical Sociology/Health and Illness, Gender and Society, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods

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