Students on the 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

Policing, Adolescent Development & Delinquency, Offender Decision Making

Dissertation:

"Closing the Macro-Micro Link: Testing the Deterrent Effect of Police on Individual Adolescent Outcomes"

My Dissertation focuses on the relationship between police and perceptions of arrest risk, as well as self-reported offending over time. First, I examine the effects of a hot spots intervention on these outcomes. Second, I conduct a similar study using nationally representative survey data to examine the effects of police force size and police expenditures on these same outcomes. The results improve our theoretical understanding of deterrence theory and have important policy implications.

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.

Kimberly Davidson

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Criminology
  • National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellow (2020-2021)

kbd5175@psu.edu

Research Interests

Corrections, Programming & Rehabilitation, Prisoner Reentry, Substance Use

Dissertation:

The Experiences of Men with Substance Use Disorders Exiting Prison at the Height of the Opioid Crisis

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.

Keith Lee Hullenaar

  • Graduate research assistant

kzh43@psu.edu

Research Interests

Victim help-seeking; youth violence; public health

Dissertation:

Correlates and Consequences of Victim Help-seeking

Research Interests

Social Network Methodology and Analysis, Social Identities (Race and Ethnicity, Critical Race Theory, Gender, Feminist Theory, Intersectionality), Violence and Aggression, Social Psychology

Dissertation:

Online Fight or Offline Flight: Black and Asian Women’s Perceptions of and Responses to Cyber Aggression

Research Interests

Stratification, Poverty, & Race and Ethnicity

Dissertation:

Multidimensional Classes of Hardship

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

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

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

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