On the Job Market

On the Job Market

Graduate students who are currently on the job market.

Research Interests

Peers and Delinquency, Social Stratification and Crime, Life-Course Theory, Social Network Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Research Methods, Quantitative Methods.

Research Interests

Social Theory; Narrative; Culture; Collective Memory

Dissertation:

Ghosts and the Imagined Past

My dissertation looks at the overlap between folklore--specifically ghost-lore--and the imagined past. What I want to know is how ordinary persons who tell ghost stories end up doing the work of imagining the past, intentionally or not, through the act of telling.

Anne DeLessio-Parson

  • PhD Candidate in Sociology & Demography

aud191@psu.edu

Research Interests

gender, sociology of food, population health, social networks, survey methodology

Dissertation:

My work places plant-based eating practices – especially the abstention from meat – in social context.

The first part of my dissertation examines the consequences of plant-based diets for population health in a country with a long tradition of vegetarianism – India, where one in three people follow a lacto-vegetarian diet.

The second part examines vegetarianism in a country with a long tradition of beef – Argentina, where the asado (≈barbeque) forms part of the national identity. I lead the project Pathways to and Social Networks of Vegetarians, which uses respondent-driven sampling to reach the small but growing population of vegans, vegetarians, and their romantic partners in a mid-sized city. I am especially interested in the connections between gender and diet, and the ways that food choices are shaped by the people in our lives.

Sarah V. Fry

  • Research Assistant
  • Part-Time Summer Lecturer

svf103@psu.edu

Research Interests

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Deviance, Consequences of Punishment, Race and Policing, Quantitative Research Methods

Research Interests

Family, romantic relationships, quantitative methods

Dissertation:

Biological Cohabiting Families and Adolescent Wellbeing

Research Interests

Medical sociology, sociology of health and illness, spatial demography, urban sociology, biodemography, quantitative methods

Dissertation:

Accounting for Food Environment Complexity in Grocery Store Access, Utilization, and Dietary Behaviors: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Philadelphia

Yunmei Iris Lu

  • Doctoral Candidate

yul201@psu.edu

Research Interests

Age and crime; Demographic changes and crime; Cross-cultural comparison; Quantitative methods; Sentencing

Dissertation:

Socio-demographic changes and crime in Taiwan and U.S. since 1980s.

Cadhla McDonnell

  • University Graduate Fellow
  • PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography

cxm848@psu.edu

Research Interests

Gender and Parenting; Work and Family; Time Use; Fertility; Gender Ideology; Social Demography; Social Inequality

Nathaniel D. Porter

  • PhD Candidate (ABD)
  • Research Associate, The Association of Religion Data Archives

(360) 489-8420

ndp135@psu.edu

Research Interests

Quantitative Methodology, Computational Social Science, Sociology of Religion, Social Networks, Social Psychology

Dissertation:

Religious islands, partners, and bridges: Studying cross-denominational shared ideas using book co-purchase networks

Research Interests

Criminology; Deviance; Juvenile Delinquency; Life Course; Sexualities; Social Inequality; Social Networks; Quantitative Methods

Dissertation:

Social Integration and Wellbeing of Rural Sexual Minority Adolescents

Research Interests

Health, Mental Health, Child Maltreatment, Religion, Life-course, Quantitative Methodology

Dissertation:

The Enduring Effects of Childhood Abuse on Adult Psychological, Physiological, and Interpersonal Functioning Over the Life-Course

Research Interests

Crime and punishment, school violence/delinquency, quantitative methods, survey methods, crime prevention, substance use

Dissertation:

My dissertation examines the nature of change in school violence over the past 25 years using the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, and School Survey on Crime and Safety. While the overwhelming focus in prior scholarship on school violence has been on describing and explaining cross-sectional patterns, I employ longitudinal designs to understand how school violence has changed over time and what may have influenced such changes. Broadly, I focus on two questions. First, what is the overall pattern of change in school violence since the early 1990s? Second, what factors are associated with observed changes in school violence over that period? In my research, I consider on how social institutions at the student-, school-, and community-levels may have influenced changes in school violence. Understanding what types of schools experienced changes in their levels of violence speak to important implications for school decision-makers including administrators, teachers, and legislators.

Research Interests

Criminology, Social Network Analysis, Prisoner Re-Entry, Life-Course Studies

Dissertation:

Corey's dissertation draws on primary data collected from a sample of inmates in two state prisons (n = 125) to prospectively examine how the incarceration experience relates to the reintegration process during the first several months after prison release. The project focuses on within-individual continuity and change in inmate social relationships during incarceration and community re-entry. To this end, the dissertation leverages narrative accounts and egocentric network data collected in prison and after release to directly measure the (dynamic) structure and content of inmate social relationships.

Research Interests

Criminology, Stratification, Quantitative Methods, Deviance, Criminal Justice

Dissertation:

Government Assistance to Alleviate Poverty, Offending, and Recidivism