PhD graduates in applied sociology
Since 2014, the Department of Sociology has graduated 18 students from its PhD in applied sociology:
- Maggie Stone (2014) was an assistant professor of sociology at Marshall University through 2017 and is now working at Home of the Innocents. Her dissertation was entitled "The whore paradox : "rational" condom use decisions among prostitutes in the context of stigma and patriarchal bargaining."
- Mike Littrell (2015) is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Kentucky Community and Technical College System and has been working in the Cyber Crimes Unit with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office for several years. His dissertation was entitled "The citizen police academy : rational myths, legitimization, and emotion work : the effects of emotion on acceptance of rational myths."
- Rob Shelby (2016) first served as an instructor at the University of Evansville and became an assistant professor of sociology in 2016 before taking the role of Chief Diversity Officer there in 2019. His dissertation was entitled "Modern megachurch organization in the United States (2005-2013) : an exploratory organizational study of the American megachurch phenomenon."
- Christa Moore (2016) became an assistant professor of sociology at the University or Virginia-Wise campus in Fall, 2017. Her dissertation was entitled "Care, constraint, and collaboration : situating gender and power among multidisciplinary human service organizations."
- Cheryl Crane (2016) has been working as a visiting professor of sociology at Franklin College and became an assistant professor in Fall, 2017. Her dissertation was entitled ""We weren't created to do it by ourselves" : good mothering and maternal support across race, class, and family structure.
Heidi Williams (2017) has been an instructor in sociology at Virginia Tech since Fall, 2017. Her dissertation was entitled, "Embeddedness and commitment : tracing patterns of family instability and child wellbeing over time."
- Jelisa Clark (2017) accepted a position as an instructor at Fayetteville State University for the 17-18 academic year. Her dissertation was entitled "This is a black-white conversation : navigating race, class, and gender at an urban school."
- Brandon McReynolds (2017) works for the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Workforce Development Council as a liaison between the two organizations. His dissertation was entitled "The knowledge economy : increasing human capital on the U.S. I-65 corridor."
- Kent Pugh (2017) works for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. as a statistician/demographer in the Journey-To-Work/Migration Statistics Branch. His dissertation was entitled "Moving mountains : a study examining long-term impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on mortality in the Appalachian region using geographic information sciences techniques."
- Telesphore Kagaba (2018) became a visiting assistant professor in Sociology at Hanover College in Fall, 2019. His dissertation was entitled "Gender boundary negotiation within the U.S. immigrant/refugee resettlement : how transnational bridge-building matters."
- Jennifer Sinski (2018) works as a lecturer at Bellarmine University. Her dissertation was entitled "Gender and leadership in animal sheltering organizations."
- Adam Sizemore (2018) became the Director of Sustainability at Miami University in Ohio in 2018. His dissertation was entitled "Killing Martin county : resiliency in a central Appalachian community."
- Kathryn Adamchik (2018) works for the University of Louisville as the Director of Advising Services in the Student Success Center Her dissertation was entitled "“Why am I in school?”: a mixed methods investigation into stopping out of college."
- Tonya Laphier (2019) works as a instructor for the Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. Her dissertation was entitled "Evaluation of a Learning Community Program for Developmental Reading Students at a Two-year College."
- Jamar Wheeler (2020) is a consultant with Kiaspo and serves as the Chair for the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, a 501(c)3 community research and environmental advocacy organization. His dissertation was entitled "Black Middle-Class Neighborhoods in Louisville through Multiple Lenses."
- Jonathon Holland (2020). His dissertation was entitled “The Norms Are More Guidelines Than Actual Rules: Applying Isomorphism to Disability Accommodations in the Catholic Church.”
- Jennifer Hall (2020). Her dissertation was entitled “The Sidewalk Less Traveled: Evaluating Change in Community and Police Perception."
- Eric Jordan (2020). His dissertation was entitled “Exploring Black "Saviors": A Content Analysis of Black Characters, and Racial Discourses, in Obama Era Films.”
- Theo Malone (2020). His dissertation was entitled “Getting Up: An Ethnography of Hip Hop Graffiti Writers, their Art, and Perceptions of Society’s Reactions.”