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Francesco Acciai

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Penn State University
fya5038@psu.edu

Dissertation:

Socioeconomic status and health in middle and late life: A new look at an old issue

Research Interests:

Demography, Health Disparities, Population Health, Race and Ethnicity, Longitudinal Analyses, Statistical Methods

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Anne DeLessio-Parson

  • PhD Candidate in Sociology & Demography
aud191@psu.edu

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.

Dissertation Chair(s):

Nancy Luke

Research Interests:

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

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Erica Dollhopf

ejd5152@psu.edu

(814) 865-6258

Dissertation:

The Causes and Consequences of the Formalization and Professionalization of the U.S. Advocacy Organizational Sector, 1960-2009

Dissertation Chair(s):

John D. McCarthy and Alan Sica

Research Interests:

Organizations, Social Movements, Nonprofits, Religion, Leadership, Careers and Employment, Theory, Mixed Research Methods

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Benjamin Thomas Gurrentz

btg138@psu.edu

(814) 865-6258

Dissertation:

"Family, Faith, and Friends: Incorporating Social Networks into the Study of Family and Religion"

Dissertation Chair(s):

Roger Finke

Research Interests:

Marriage/Romantic Relationships, Family, Religion, Social Psychology; Quantitative Methods

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Timmy Huynh

tnh133@psu.edu

(814) 865-1691

Research Interests:

Urban sociology, demography/population, economic geography, GIScience, network science

Wade C. Jacobsen

wadejacobsen@psu.edu

Dissertation:

Exclusionary School Discipline and Adolescent Friendship Networks: A Longitudinal Social Network Analysis of Labeling Theory

Dissertation Chair(s):

D. Wayne Osgood (chair), S. Michael Gaddis, Scott D. Gest, Derek A. Kreager, David M. Ramey

Research Interests:

Life course criminology, social networks, family, education

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Hyun Woo Kim

hxk271@psu.edu

(814) 865-5276

Dissertation:

Three Essays on the Impacts of Human Resource Management Practices on Union Decline in South Korea, 2005-2013

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. John D. McCarthy

Research Interests:

Social Movements; Organizations, Occupations and Work; Quantitative Methodology; Political Sociology; Labor and Industrial Relations; Philanthropy, Volunteering, and Nonprofit Studies; Korean Studies; and Computer-Mediated Communication

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Julia A. Laskorunsky

  • Research Assistant, Justice Center for Research, Pennsylvania State University
jal549@psu.edu

(814) 867-3295

Dissertation:

"A Different Method of Predicting Risk: Unpacking the Potential of a Statewide Sentencing Risk Assessment."

Dissertation Chair(s):

Jeffery T. Ulmer

Research Interests:

Sentencing, Corrections, Race and Gender, Sociology of Punishment, Quantitative Methods

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Ellis Scott Logan

esl162@psu.edu

Dissertation:

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

Dissertation Chair(s):

Stephen A Matthews

Research Interests:

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

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Christopher Palmore

ccp133@psu.edu

(814) 863-6334

Dissertation Chair(s):

Richard B. Felson

Research Interests:

violence and victimization, neighborhood effects, routine activities, criminological theory

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Nathaniel D. Porter

  • PhD Candidate (ABD)
  • Research Associate, The Association of Religion Data Archives
ndp135@psu.edu

(360) 489-8420

Dissertation:

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

Dissertation Chair(s):

Roger Finke

Research Interests:

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

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Andrea L. Ruiz

alr349@psu.edu

Dissertation:

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

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. David Johnson

Research Interests:

Health, Mental Health, Child Maltreatment, Religion, Lifecourse

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Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins

  • PhD Candidate
kjs390@psu.edu

(814) 865-1691

Dissertation:

Changing Minds: Three Essays on Patterns of Cognitive Change and their Social Determinants among Older Adults in the Health and Retirement Study"

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Duane F. Alwin

Research Interests:

Aging and the Life Course; Health Disparities; Family, Gender, and Time Use; Social Demography; Survey Methodology; Social Inequality

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