Graduate Teaching Assistants & University Fellows

MA Graduate Teaching Assistants


(Jack) Trey Allen

Trey is a second-year master's student and a  teaching assistant for Dr. Derrick Brooms' SOC 210 course.

jack.allen@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8044 |  Lutz 113

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth is a second-year master's student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Derrick Brooms' SOC 210 Race in the U.S. course.  She holds a bachelor's of science in sociology with a minor in English from the College of Charleston. Her research interests include race and ethnic relations, volunteerism and spirituality, and peace movements.

elizabeth.roberts.1@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8044 | Lutz 113

Megan Robinson

Megan is a second-year master's student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in sociology and business with a minor in mathematics from Hanover College. Her main interest is gender and how it affects sport, education, families, and more.

megan.robinson.1@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8044  |  Lutz 113


PhD Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

Jelisa Clark

Jelisa is a fourth-year PhD student and will be teaching SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality in the Fall of 2016.  A Louisville native, she is a recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Fellowship.  Her research investigates the impact of exclusionary discipline of students of color, how the school to prison pipeline is covered in the media, and the impact of school culture on student discipline. Jelisa is engaged in service both on and off campus.  She currently serves as a SIGS Graduate Ambassador.  She is treasurer for the Minority Association of Graduate Students, and in the past she has served as the sociology representative for the Graduate Student Union. Jelisa is also an editorial assistant for The Griot, the newsletter for the Association of Black Sociologists.

jelisa.clark@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8045  |  Lutz 115

Telesphore Kagaba

Tele is a fifth-year PhD student. He earned a master's degree in social sciences with a major in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame (2008); and a graduate level certificate of teaching in higher education from Temple University’s Department of Education (2012). His research area is about gender, masculinity, ethnic violence, and genocide as they relate to forced migration due ethnic conflicts and refugee families’ resettlement in the U.S. He currently teaches Introduction to Sociology; and previously taught Self & Society. Tele also served as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at the Department of Anthropology on a grant from the National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program (2012 – 2014); and as a GRA on a research project about housing market analysis in Louisville Metro Area – access to affordable housing for the Center for Environment Policy and Management (CEPM) of the Department of Sociology (June 2014 – present). Originally from Rwanda where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the National University of Rwanda (1983), Tele had experience working with Government agencies, including 7 years as an exchange programs assistant at the U.S. embassy – Kigali; and 7 years as headmaster of a private high school. In addition to English, Tele is fluent in French, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi; and used to work as a freelance translator, such as a French translation of training manuals destined to Africa for the Collaborative for Development Action (CDA) of Harvard University (2009).  Tele is a peace advocate. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family in their transition (since 2007) to the American lifestyle.

telesphore.kagaba@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8045  |  Lutz 115

Brandon McReynolds

Brandon is a third-year doctoral student and a research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle. He earned both his BA in political science, with a focus in public policy, and his MA in sociology from the University of Louisville. After graduating from undergraduate he worked at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce (GLI) working on city wide educational initiatives connected to the 55,000 Degrees Program. He has also had the opportunity, while in his MA program, to work as a teaching assistant for Dr. Broom’s Race in the U.S. class. Brandon’s research and academic interest focus on education, public policy and urban America. Beyond his research and work in the classroom he has a high commitment to service at the university level as well as in the community. For the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year Brandon will serve as the Vice-President for the Graduate School where he will be advocating for graduate students across the university.

brandon.mcreynolds@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8046  |  Lutz 116

Jon Phoenix

Jon is a third-year doctoral student and a teaching assistant to Dr. Dave Roelfs. 

jon.phoenix@louisville.edu|  (502) 852-8043  |  Lutz 122

James "Kent" Pugh

Kent is a third-year doctoral student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  Kent grew up in Menifee County in Eastern Kentucky and attended Berea College where he received a bachelors of arts degree in sociology with minors in history and Appalachian studies in May 2012. His main interest areas are poverty, work and labor and Appalachian studies. However, his interest areas have not been limited to the world of academia; he has been an activist on including issues related to LGBTQ community, Mountain Top Coal Removal and in the Occupy Wall Street protests. He has also traveled extensively in Eastern Europe and Uganda in Central Africa.

james.pugh@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8043 |  Lutz 122

Adam Sizemore

Adam is a third-year doctoral student and a graduate research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle.  

dasize01@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8043 |  Lutz 122