MA and PhD Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants and Fellows

Bryn Alston

Bryn is a first-year joint MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant for Dr. Karen Christopher’s SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality class this fall and for Dr. Mark Austin’s SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course next spring.  Bryn graduated from Campbellsville University in 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in sociology and, as a graduate student, is interested in studying class, inequality, and media.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, George.

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Jack "Trey" Allen

Jack (Trey) is a PhD candidate and is teaching a section of SOC 210 Race in the U.S. He holds a master of arts degree in sociology from the University of Louisville and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Asbury University. Trey has previously taught SOC 320 Social Theory and SOC 210 Race in the US here at UofL. His current research focuses on identity, immigration, Islamophobia, racialization, and place, and he serving as the secretary and treasurer for the Sociology Graduate Student Association this year.

 

Joseph Brewer

Joseph is a first-year joint MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course and a research assistant next spring.  He earned his BA in sociology from UofL and is interested in the sociology of leisure as it pertains to card games, board games, tabletop RPGS, and the Local Game Store environment, and is currently studying e-sports.

Rebecca Halpryn

Rebecca is a second-year MA-PhD student and University Fellow for the 19-20 academic year. She holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology and environmental sustainability from Berea College. Her research interests include quantitative methods, demography, and sustainability. Her quantitative research experience includes 2 years of working as a research assistant at Berea College’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. She is the 2019 – 2020 Vice President of both the Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA) and the Graduate Network of Arts and Sciences (GNAS).

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Savannah Hatton

Savannah is a first-year MA-PhD student and University Fellow for the 19-20 academic year.  She holds a BA from Indiana University Southeast with a triple major in Sociology (with an emphasis in gender studies), Communications (with an emphasis in theatrical performance), and an Individualized Major in Japanese Language and Culture.  Her academic interests include human sexuality, gender, and media.  Prior to coming to the University of Louisville, she was a stage actor for seven years where she performed such roles as Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Lysistrata (Lysistrata), and Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Show).  Her biggest inspiration in life is Freddie Mercury, the lead singer from Queen.     

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Bailey Holland

Bailey is a second-year joint MA-PhD student and teaching a section of SOC 202 Social Problems during the fall of 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and political science from Randolph-Macon College. Previously, Bailey was a graduate teaching assistant for SOC 210 Race in the U.S. Her current research interests include the criminal justice system and the efficacy of pre- and post-release programs on reducing rates of recidivism. Bailey also serves as the department representative to the Graduate Student Council.

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Jonathon Holland

Samuel Hunter

Samuel is a first-year joint PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course and research assistant next spring.  He holds a master of arts in social sciences from the University of Troy University, with a focus on sociology and psychology. He also holds a bachelor of science in political science from Troy University. Samuel was previously an adjunct instructor for Troy University for two years. In his spare time he likes to do woodwork projects, play card/board games, cook, and explore the streets of the city or go hiking in the woods.

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Eric Jordan

Eric is a third-year PhD student and research assistant for Dr. Cynthia Ganote. Eric received his BA in psychology and his MA in sociology from the University of Louisville. His work focuses primarily on race, racism, racial representations, and how those all intersect with popular culture. His thesis focused on studying the ways in which films act as racial projects and influence the way we construct racial realities through tropes and archetypes. Recently, he co-authored an encyclopedia entry about the white savior trope in films for The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Cinema, and co-authored a book chapter about the presentation of queer black masculinity in the film Moonlight. Eric hopes to continue to study race, racism, and popular culture in the future.

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Haley Metcalf

Haley is a first-year PhD student and University Fellow for the 19-20 academic year.  Haley graduated in 2019 with her master’s degree in applied sociology from East Tennessee State University, and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in social epidemiology from the University of Tennessee. Haley’s research interests include medical sociology, environmental hazards and health, and rural health.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her cat, Neville.

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Brandon Schmidt

Brandon is a first-year PhD student and is teaching a section of SOC 202 Social Problems. He holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Louisville, a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Missouri State University, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Ozarks Technical Community College. Brandon was previously a graduate teaching assistant for SOC 201 (Introduction to Sociology) from Spring 2018-Spring 2019, and SOC 405/605 (Voluntarism) Spring 2018. His current research interests include social movements for same-sex marriage and family problems, discrimination and hate crime on minorities, as well as gender-related social problems. In his spare time he likes to tackle woodworking projects around the house, relax with his husband, and play in the yard with his dogs Oliver and Lucy.

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Nancy Steinmetz

Nancy is a third-year doctoral student and teaching SOC 334 Sociology of Deviant Behavior during the fall of 2019.  After a lengthy career in B2B sales Nancy returned to the University of Louisville in 2009 to complete her undergraduate degree and continued her education to earned her master’s in sociology in 2012.  Since 2012, Nancy has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, Spalding University and Georgetown University.  The courses she taught included Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Social Theory, Diversity and Inequality, Self and Society, and Globalization.  The focus of her interest will center around crime, race and socialization.  Her specific interest in crime and race comes from an encounter with a student in a Diversity and Inequality class, where he stated that he tries to avoid being on campus after dark.  His reasoning was not because he was afraid of being a victim of crime or that he would be considered as a suspect, but because he felt his very presence on campus after dark might cause alarm or fear in other students.  Her interest is in exploring how society is shaping perceptions of the young and young people of color and how those perceptions inform their experiences.

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Taylor Tolles

Taylor is a first-year joint MA-PhD student and will serve as a research assistant this fall and a teaching assistant next spring for Dr. Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course next spring.  He recently earned his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, and his research interests include exploring military deviance, understanding how social identity relates to recidivism, investigating prescription drug misuse among members of the military, members, police and firefighters, and how A.I. relates to social control and deviance.

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Jamar Wheeler

Jamar is a third-year doctoral student working with Dr. Lauren Heberle and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, which is housed in the Sociology Department. Jamar graduated with an MA in sociology from UofL in 2006 and went on to work for organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He has returned to complete his education and has an academic interest in race, public policy. and urban development.

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