Students on the Market

On the Job Market

Graduate students who are currently on the job market.

Research Interests

Immigration, Religion, Health behavior and disparities, Neighborhood effects, Race/ethnicity

Dissertation:

Three Papers on Dietary Acculturation: A Review of the Literature and Two Empirical Applications to the Black Caribbean Population

Research Interests

Social Theory; Narrative; Culture; Collective Memory; History of Sociology

Dissertation:

Ghosts and the Imagined Past (Defended June 14, 2019)

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 do the work of imagining the past, intentionally or not, through the act of telling.

Research Interests

School Discipline, Race & Education, Juvenile Justice, Urban Inequality, Latina/Latino Populations in the U.S.

Dissertation:

School District Composition Association with School Punishment

Kelsey Cundiff

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Criminology
  • 2019-2020 Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

kxc399@psu.edu

Research Interests

Crime Trends, Neighborhoods, Life-Course

Dissertation:

My dissertation assesses the theoretically relevant individual level factors associated with the 1990's crime decline. Through the use of longitudinal data for two cohorts of youth who come of age before and after the decline, I compare their engagement in violence from ages 13-18 and examine the extent to which several factors can explain the differences between the two cohorts in violence. Additionally, I examine the age-crime curves of each cohort and analyze possible explanations for cohort differences in their age associated declines in violence.

Research Interests

Criminal Justice Decision-making, Moral Reasoning, Crimes against children, Race/Gender/SES disparity

Dissertation:

Two Systems are Better than One?: How Interactions between Police and CPS workers influence Outcomes in Child Maltreatment Cases:

My dissertation analyzes how interaction between Child Protective Services (CPS) and police influence detection and arrests in child abuse and neglect cases. While there have been a few studies looking at how criminal actors influence CPS outcomes, little is known on the influence of CPS on the justice system. This is an important area to develop as CPS is intimately involved in the justice process whenever there are children affiliated with the case. Since the majority of defendants have kids, even when there are no issues of child abuse CPS is instrumental in arranging things such as custody and prison visitation.

Research Interests

Social Demography, Inequality, Education, Health Disparities, Race/Gender, Quantitative Methods

Dissertation:

Education and Type 2 Diabetes: Decomposing Change from Cohorts Born 1935-1954

Research Interests

Stratification, Poverty, & Race and Ethnicity

Dissertation:

Multidimensional Classes of Hardship

Research Interests

Social Networks, Inequality, Immigration, Health, Criminology, Quantitative Methods, Computational Sociology

Dissertation:

Worth the Weight: Framing Social Processes as Weighted Social Networks

Research Interests

Demography, Fertility, Demographic Transitions, Population Projections, Quantitative Methods, Survey Methodology

Dissertation:

Probabilistic State-Level Population Projections in India

Brianne Pragg

  • Ph.D. Candidate

pragg@psu.edu

Research Interests

Family, Social Demography, Social Inequality, Family Policy

Research Interests

Life course, mortality, health.

Dissertation:

Using a unique data set that combines Dutch census information with detailed medical records, my dissertation explores the long term effects of in-utero malnutrition on health in late life, mortality, and intergenerational transmissions. I focus on cohorts exposed to large scale famine while in-utero during the Dutch Hunger Winter (1944).

Research Interests

Family, romantic relationships

Dissertation:

The Antecedents and Consequences of Romantic Relationship Tempo in Young Adulthood

Research Interests

Aging and Life Course, Health Disparity, Cross-national Study, Quantitative Methodology

Dissertation:

Educational Attainment and Late-life Trajectories of Health in Developing Contexts

Robert Zuchowski

  • Graduate Research Assistant

rxz155@psu.edu

Research Interests

Spatial and quantitative methods; multilevel modelling; urban Sociology; immigration; family demography; big data and machine learning