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:

My dissertation aims to investigate whether neighborhood reputations, that is, collective perceptions of place, are real rather than epiphenomenal, significantly influencing neighborhood processes beyond the objective characteristics they are said to represent. The first empirical chapter investigates how neighborhood reputations influence where individuals search for housing in racially distinct ways, using a contemporary dataset of homeseekers in Chicago and social network methodology. The second and third chapters investigate how the local elite who were charged with creating the historic redlining maps for the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) balanced information they had on the objective characteristics of a neighborhood with their own racist and classist perceptions of that neighborhood as they permanently marked some neighborhoods for success and others for failure. I use qualitative methods in addition to text analysis and spatial analysis to answer this research question, employing historic HOLC security maps in addition to historic census data and maps of criminal activity.

My research has important implications for broader scholarship on neighborhood effects, residential segregation, stigma, decision-making, and structural racism and inequality. A neighborhood does not have to be disorderly and crime-ridden to have a reputation for disorder and crime. It is when there is misalignment between a neighborhood’s objective reality and the way it is perceived by the wider metropolitan population that the construction of neighborhood reputations becomes a consequential and intriguing object of sociological research. My research points to the ways in which the symbolic character of a place is an important determinant of where individuals decide to search for housing and where the local elite direct resources and opportunities.

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