On the Job Market

Graduate students who are currently on the job market.

Research Interests

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

Dissertation:

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

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.

Research Interests

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

Dissertation:

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

Research Interests

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

Dissertation:

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

Research Interests

Life course criminology, social networks, family, education

Dissertation:

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

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

Dissertation:

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

Julia A. Laskorunsky

  • Research Assistant, Justice Center for Research, Pennsylvania State University

(814) 867-3295

jal549@psu.edu

Research Interests

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

Dissertation:

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

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

Research Interests

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

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

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

Dissertation:

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