Students on the Market

Andrea Corradi

  • University Graduate Fellow

azc873@psu.edu

John D. Crum

  • Doctoral Candidate

jdc5315@psu.edu

Research Interests

Drug Policy | Substance Use | Policing

Dissertation:

Title: Impact of Drug Law Punitiveness on Opioid Overdose Mortality

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

Research Interests

Urban Sociology, Population Studies, Inequality, Social Network Analysis

Dissertation:

The government’s creation of residential security maps in the 1930s (the foundation of redlining) is considered one of the most influential institutional interventions in U.S. history, causing disinvestment in Black neighborhoods and increased racial segregation (Faber 2020a, Massey and Denton 1993). In my dissertation I investigate whether racialized place-making, i.e., racialized narratives of place, was a central component in the decision-making patterns of the gatekeepers who created the residential security maps. I integrate the recently digitized Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) residential security maps with historic 1940 Census data. I then create an original dataset by combing the HOLC data with historic maps of criminal activity from the Chicago School of Sociology. Additionally, I collect primary data on HOLC’s local Chicago office from National Archives. With this data, I conduct a mixed method historic case study of Chicago using a qualitative, abductive analysis and quantitative, text and spatial analysis; in addition to a larger, quantitative study of all U.S. cities with available HOLC and 1940 Census data using text and spatial analysis. My research aims to disentangle the ways in which the symbolic character of a place is an important determinant in the decision-making patterns of local gatekeepers (Hunter 1974; Logan and Molotch 1987). Given the original confidentiality of the maps where HOLC gatekeepers explicitly stated their reasoning for a neighborhood’s lending risk, my study offers unique insight into the hidden reflections people in power were having of race, place, and value.

Research Interests

Substantive interests: gender, health, family, work, time use, development, social policy

Research Interests

Social Networks, Social Stratification, Quantitative Methodology, Computational Sociology, Adolescent Health, Mental Health

Research Interests

Crime and social control; School discipline; Communities and crime; Sociology of education; Life course studies; Quantitative methods

Dissertation:

Brittany's dissertation examines how changes in school discipline policies over the past 40 years affect school suspension, high school dropout, and standardized test scores in the United States. She uses longitudinal data from four nationally representative cohorts of youth that map onto different decades of school punishment "regimes" and compares outcomes across cohorts.

Research Interests

Family, Gender, Food, Health, Religion, Quantitative Methods, Social Demography

Dissertation:

"Intensive Mothering and Maternal Physical Health"

Amanda Maull

  • Adjunct Professor, Susquehanna University

amandamaull@gmail.com

Research Interests

Social Movements, Political and Comparative-Historical Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of Organizations, Social Theory, and Qualitative Methods

Dissertation:

Path Dependence, Anti-fracking Mobilization, and Shale Policy Divergence in New York and Pennsylvania

Sarah Miller

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Demography

sem34@psu.edu

Research Interests

Survey Methodology, Demography, Quantitative Research Methods, Immigration, Refugee Resettlement

Research Interests

Public policy; Criminal justice system; Applied research

Dissertation:

Marijuana Liberalization Policies and the Criminal Justice System

Research Interests

Child Welfare, Family Policy, Social Stratification, Demography

Jonathan Uhl

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Graduate Research Assistant

jxu16@psu.edu

Research Interests

Cross-national comparative criminology; Gender and crime; Juvenile delinquency; Criminological theory

Dissertation:

Adolescent Peer Relationships, Gender, and Delinquency in a Cross-National Context