Students on the Market

Research Interests

Immigration, Religion, Health behavior, Neighborhood effects

Dissertation:

Food, Race and Religion: Dietary Acculturation in the Adventist Health Study

Research Interests

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

Dissertation:

Ghosts and the Imagined Past

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.

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

Courts and sentencing, Morality, Sociology of deviance, Crimes against children

Dissertation:

Specifying focal concerns: a survey examining how criminal judges account for the dangerousness, blameworthiness, practical constraints, and rehabilitation potential of defendants

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

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

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 Projections of the Sex-Ratio at Birth: A Methodological

Case-Study in India

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

Sociology of Education, Demography, School Racial Segregation, Race and Education

Dissertation:

High School Racial Segregation & Racial Ethnic Differences in Aspirations and Attainment

Research Interests

Family, romantic relationships

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