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. He holds Bachelor of Art in Sociology from Asbury University. His research interests include race, deviance, and stigma.
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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.
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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.
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PhD Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants
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.
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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.
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Theo is a first-year doctoral student and a graduate research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle - and grew up around Washington, D.C. His past research focused on the intersection of legal advantage and litigant organizational level. His current interests include power corporate social responsibility and organizational dynamics. He holds a master of arts in sociology and a bachelor of arts in sociology and anthropology, both from West Virginia University. He served as a teacher in rural West Virginia and in urban northern Virginia and later worked as a freelance editor and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology at West Virginia University. He recently spent a brief stint living, traveling, and studying abroad prior to returning to pursue his Ph.D. He is currently working for the Center for Environmental Policy and Management for Dr. Heberle.
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Brandon is a third-year doctoral student. 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. Starting this year he will be working for the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental policy and Management, which is housed in the Sociology Department. His working dissertation topic examines the intersection of city growth and how such growth is impacting higher education. 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. During 2015-2016 academic year Brandon served as the Vice-President for the Graduate School where he will be advocating for graduate students across the university. This year Brandon is taking his knowledge out the community where he volunteers at the Nativity Academy of Louisville, the Americana Community Center and the Young Professional Association of Louisville.
"Phoenix" is a third-year doctoral student and a teaching assistant to Dr. Dave Roelfs. His research interests include social networks, mathematical sociology, political sociology, sociology of education, and complexity theory. Current projects include examining the effect of broadcast searches within social network simulations, and creating a social science television show for kids. In his spare time, he holds workshops in his town for working class students on how to pay for college, and teaches local kids how to cook. He will also be working as a graduate teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin n the spring of 2017.
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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.
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Adam is a third-year doctoral student and a graduate research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management. Adam is originally from Morehead, Kentucky. His research and academic interest focuses on Environmental, Appalachian, and Public Policy. Adam holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology, as well as two Bachelors of Arts degrees in sociology and philosophy, from Morehead State University. He has previously served as a graduate assistant for Introduction to Sociology and Environmental Sociology courses at Morehead State University.
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