Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

University of Louisville, Sociology Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

 PhD Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants


 Jack "Trey" Allen

Jack (Trey) is a first-year PhD student and is teaching SOC 210 Race in the U.S. during the Spring, 2018 semester.  He holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Asbury University. In 2016-17 he was a teaching assistant for SOC 210 – Race in the United States. His current research focuses on the racialization of Muslim American men and how these men manage these stigmatized identities. His research interests include race, stigma, and masculinities. Trey is the current president of the Sociology Graduate Student Council.

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


 Jonathon Holland


 Shelly Isaacs

Shelly is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Lauren Heberle and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, which is housed in the Sociology Department.  She holds a BA in history and she received her MA in sociology of religion from Baylor University. Her thesis explored the experiences of stigma and identity management among chronically ill and disabled Pentecostal Christians. More recently, Shelly worked for a charitable foundation, assessing grant information and preparing survey data. Her current research interests include public policy, social movements, and politics.


Eric Jordan

Eric is a first-year PhD student and teaching assistant for Dr. Melanie Gast and her SOC 210 Race in the U.S. course. 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.


Theodore Malone

Theo is a second-year doctoral student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin and his SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  Theo 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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Jon Phoenix

"Phoenix" is a third-year doctoral student and a teaching assistant to Dr. Mark Austin and his SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course. 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. 

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


Brandon Schmidt

Brandon is a first-year master's student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin and his SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  He is originally from Sarasota, Florida. He holds a BS degree in Psychology from Missouri State University. His current research interests include discrimination and hate crime on minorities, primarily sexual orientation. In his spare time, he likes to tackle woodworking projects around the house and play in the yard with his dog Oliver.


Adam Sizemore

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.

dasize01@louisville.edu |  (502) 852-8046 |  Lutz 116


Nancy Steinmetz

Nancy is a first-year doctoral student and teaching SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology during the Fall, 2017 semester.   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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Jamar Wheeler

Jamar is a second-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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