PhD Recipients & Topics

Dissertation Research


  • Yu-Ching Cheng, "Marriageable Us, Undesirable Them:  Reproducing Social Inequalities through Marital Boundary-Making"
  • Ying Huang, "Beyond the Parental Generation:  The Influence of Grandparents' Socioeconomic Status on Grandchild's Wellbeing"
  • Gowoon Jung, "The Making of Multicultural Korea:  Religious Women's Discourses towards Ethnic and Sexual Diversity"
  • Jeffrey Napierala, "Three Methodological Innovations in Race and Ethnicity Research"
  • Meghan O'Neil, "Race, Ethnicity, and the Great Recession:  A National Evaluation of Mortgages and Subprime Lending, 2004-2010"
  • Emily Pain, "Queering Polyamory:  A Qualitative Exploration of LGBTQ+ Polyamorous Relationships and  Community"
  • Colleen Wynn, "Segregation, Turnover, and Neighborhood Connections:  Assessing the Role of Family Structure"
  • Bo Zhou, "Socioeconomic Achievements of Asian Americans in the 21st Century"



  • Kristen Hourigan, "Redefining Murder: A Qualitative Exploration of Emotion and Identity Following the Loss of a Loved One to Homicide"
  • Allison Houston, "The Association of Comorbid Chronic Physical Conditions and Psychological Illness with Health Care Utilization in Middle-Aged and Older People"
  • Zhaojin Lu, "Official Nathionalism with Dominant Narratives on the Imperial Past: A Comparison between Britain and China, 1900-2016
  • Laura Milanes, "Narrating Economic Crises in the Media. An Analysis of the Media Coverage in Colombia and in the United States, of Two Crises: The Great Recesssion (2008) and The Colombian Crisis of the End of the Century (1998)"
  • Megan Murphy, "Queer Youth Activism: Generational in the US LGBTQ Movement"
  • Basak Ozgenc, "Human Capital, Assimilation and Metropolitan Labor Markets: A Multilevel Analysis of Earnings of Post-1965 Non-Hispanic White Immigrants in the United States, 1980-2010"
  • Edelmira Reynoso, "Mexican-American Professionals: An Oxymoronic Concept or a New Reality?"
  • Carey Jean Sojka, "The Partners of Transgender People: Gender, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Relationships Through Transition"
  • Dean Weld, "State Adoptions Racial Profiling Laws: Exploring Functional, Social, and Political Determinants"
  • Allen Wong, "Immigration and Victimization: Applications of Criminological Concepts to the Lesser-Known Side of the Immigration and Crime Nexus"


  • Samantha Applin, "Work-Family Structures and Cross-National Rates of Women's Offending"
  • Cassandra Carter, "All the Single Ladies: How the Intersections of Race and Family Type Influence Health"
  • Daniel Farr, "Parental Aspirations Among Young Gay Men"
  • Salvatore Labaro, "The Impact of Race Amongst Hispanics"
  • Se Hwa Lee, "Korean Wild Geese Families: Split Household Strategies and Gender Dynamics in Transnational Families"
  • Lei Lei, "Does Neighborhood Matter in China? Pathways and Heterogeneous Effects of Residential Contexts on Children's Education and Health"
  • Jiejin Li, "Socioeconomic and Health Consequences of Settlement in New Destinations: A Study of Asian Immigrants in the United States"
  • Zhen Li, "Minority Migration from 1985-2005 in China: Migration Process, Migration Outcomes, and Socioeconomic Incorporation at Destination Places of Four Ethnic Minority Groups"
  • Tianyue Ma, "The Developmental Corporative State: How Government Promotes Innovation Capability in China"
  • Zachary Miner, "A Kind of Peace: The Real World of Firearms Owners"
  • Sylwia Piatkowska, "Subnational Predictors of Racially Motivated Crime: A Cross-National Multilevel Analysis"
  • Kimberly Tauches, "Space, Place, Gender, and Sexuality: Situational Gender in Four Coffee Houses"


  • Rak Koo Chung, "The Third Wave of Democratization: Consolidation of Nominal Democracy"
  • Anibal Gauna Peralta, "Neoliberalism, Populist Mobilization and State-Making in Latin America: The Cases of Mexico and Venezuela"
  • Colin Gruner, "Welfare and Crime Revisited: Beyond Yea or Nay"
  • Andrew Horvitz, "From Actor to Object: Political Influence, Political Entertainers, and the Symbolic Construction of Rush Limbaugh During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election"
  • Jing Li, "Taming a Profession: State and Economists During China's Economic Reform, 1978-2012"
  • Joshua McCabe, "The Fiscalization of Social Policy: Tax Expenditures and the Cultural Legacies of Public Policies"
  • Lina Rincon, "Between Nations and the World: Negotiating Legal and Social Citizenship in the Migration Process"
  • Qian (Jasmine) Song, "The Great Migration and Health of the Left-Behind Elderly in Rural China"
  • Suzanne Strong, "Racial Conflict and Bias Crimes Across U.S. Cities: An Analysis of the Social Threat Perspective"
  • Dan Xu, "Reforming the Chinese Book Publishing Industry: An Analysis of a Strategic Action Field"


  • Lauren Bryant, "Gender Balanced or Gender Biased?  An Examination of New Coverage of Male and Female Governors"
  • Ilir Disha, "The Role of Immigrant Assimilation and Segregation in Explaining the Effect of Immigration Size on Neighborhood Crime"
  • Joseph Gibbons, "Segregation and the Adaption of Community-Based Organizations to Multiethnic Immigration in Newark and Jersey City: 1990-2010"
  • Kirsten Lauber, "Trends in the Effect of Economic Insecurity on the Allocation of Household Expenditures in the U.S., 1980-2005"
  • Kelly McGeever, "Correctional Group Quarters, Neighborhood Crime and Property Values"
  • Nickie Michaud Wild, "Political Criticism and the Power of Satire: The Transformation of 'Late Night' Comedy on Television in the United States, 1980-2008"
  • Matthias Revers, "Agents of Democratic Accountability? Professional Culture of Political Journalism in the U.S. and Germany"


  • Michael S. Barton , "Gentrification and Crime in New York City 1980-2009"
  • Carolyn Corrado, "White Noise: Negotiating Boundaries and Constructing Whiteness in Hip-Hop America"
  • Chris Galvan, "New Destinations Revisited: Explaining the Changing Geography of Immigrant Settlement"
  • Alex McClung, "Cultural Omnivores In Context: An Examination of Neighborhood Effects on Cultural Taste"
  • Brian McKernan, "Interactivity, Interdependence and Intertextuality: The Meaning of Video Games in American Civil Society"
  • P. Suzanne Pennington, "Making Sense of Mason Jars: A Qualitative Exploration of Contemporary Home Canning"
  • Geoffrey Lee Wood, "The Impact of Business Elite Cohesion on Public Policy Alternatives: A Comparative Examination of Banking and Telecommunication Legislation in the 1930's and 1990's"


  • Renee Overdyke, “Critical Mass in Context: An Analysis of Race/Ethnicity and Organizational Outcomes."
  • Bryan Robinson, "Religion's Institutional and Denominational Effects on Lethal Violence."
  • Jessica Singer, “Pay It Forward - The Effect of Social Support on Crime."
  • Lauren Porter, “Health Behind and Beyond Bars: Understanding the Link Between Incarceration and Health."
  • Lin Guo, “Migration and the Well Being of Left Behind Children In China."
  • Reese Kelly, “Borders That Matter: Trans Identity Management."
  • Paul Calarco, Jr., “Flowers in the Trenches: The Experiences of Women in the Landscaping Business."
  • Anna Ryan, “This Pipe's for You: A Qualitative Exploration of Glass Shop Owners' Networks, Legitimacy and the Glass Pipe Arts Movement."
  • Suzanne Macartney, “Neighborhood Contexts and Academic Achievement:An Analysis of Hispanic Children in Immigrant and Native-born Families"
  • Yue Zhuo, “Public Attitudes Toward Crime Control in Contemporary China: A Multilevel Analysis"
  • Jingsi Wu, “Entertainment & the Public Sphere: The Convergence of Popular Culture & Politics in China's Public Sphere & Cyberspace"
  • Matthew Vogel, “Impulsivity, Criminogenic Opportunity Structures, and Delinquency”
  • Elizabeth Schilling, "Leisure Throughout the Trajectory of Motherhood: A Life Course Approach"
  • Nicholas Pagnucco, "Qualified Instruction: Academic Worth and the Justification of Adjunct Work"
  • Kim Nazi, "The Information Ecology of Personal Health Record Systems: Secure Messaging as Catalyst and It's Evolving Impact on Use and Consequences"


  • Erica Hunter, “Creating Meaning in Engagement: Gender, Heterosexuality, and Commitment To Marriage"
  • Gabriel Aquino, “Puerto Rican Intermarriages: The Intersectionality of Race, Gender, Class and Space"
  • Jeanine Hanna, “More Than A Gender Issue: Intergrating Race Into the Analysis of Work-Family Balance Among Dual-Earner Couples”
  • Paul T. Knudson, "Metropolitan Fragmentation VS. New Regionalism and the Evolving Nature of Metropolitan Governance: An Analysis of Growth Politics and Policy in the Capital Region of Upstate New York"
  • Brian S. McKenzie, "Transit Access and Labor Market Outcomes Across Segregated Neighborhoods"


  • David P. Armstrong, “Community-Level Crime Control: A Closer Look At The Mediating Variables of Social Disorganization Theory"
  • Tamas Bodor, “Explaining The 2004 Exit Poll Error As A Product of Response Bias And Not Fraud: A Comparison of the 'Spiral of Silence' and 'Political Ambivalence'”
  • Miao Chunyu, "A Comparative Study of Chinese And Mexican Immigrants' Economic Incorporation In The United States"
  • Edward R. Cole, "Radical Localism In The Network Society"
  • China Layne, "Losing The Competition: A Multilevel Analysis of Over-Education in the United States, 1971-2006"
  • Jeremy Pais, “Multiethnic Labor Markets and Socioeconomic Mobility: A Career Trajectory Perspective"
  • E. Sean Rintel, “Novice Couples Coping With Network Trouble in Personal Videoconferencing: Managing the Intersection of Interaction and Technology in the Collaborative Achievement of Conversational Continuity”
  • Daniel Santore, "Individualized Intimacy? The Negotiation of Self and Other In Heterosexual Relationships"
  • Tamara L. Smith, "Adult Grandchildren Providing Care to Frail Elderly Grandparents"
  • Karen Ivette Tejada-Pena, "Building Political Habitus: A Case Study of Salvadoran's Political Experiences in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area"
  • Jacqueline Villarrubia-Mendoza, "El Coyote Made a Detour: An Analysis of the Socioeconomic Incorporation Processes of Hispanic Immigrants in New Destinations; A Case Study of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, NY"


  • Joseph F. Sullivan, “Learning to Compute: Computerization and Ordinary, Everyday Life"
  • Marios H. Agrotes, “Gender-Role Attitudes and Related Behaviors of The Greek Women of Cyprus in 1978”
  • Laura A. Bunyan, "Modern Day Mary Poppins: Uncovering the Work of Nannies and the Expectations of Employers"
  • Paul M. Denvir, "Physician-Patient Communication About Patients' Sexual Activities And Substance Use: Information Exchange On Potentially Delicate Matters"
  • Joleen R. Loucks, "Adult Children's Experiences Following Mid To Late Life Parental Divorce"