On the Job Market

Graduate students who are currently on the job market.

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

  • Graduate Assistant

(814) 863-6334

yul201@psu.edu

Research Interests

Age and crime; Demographic changes and crime; Cross-cultural/comparative study; Quantitative methods; Sentencing

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; Social Networks; Juvenile Delinquency; Sexualities; Social Inequality; Life Course; Deviance

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