Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Teaching Assistants

MA Graduate Teaching Assistants

Thomas Isaak
Thomas is a first-year master's student and teaching assistant for ... 
thomas.isaak@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8044  
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Eric Jordan
Eric is a first-year master's student and teaching assistant for ....
eric.jordan@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8044  
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Rachael Metzger
Rachael is a second-year master's student and teaching assistant for Dr.  Derrick Brooms and his SOC 210 course.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Ball State University.  Her main interest are social psychology and inequality, specifically as they relate to social class and identifying as LGBTQ.     
rametz02@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8044  
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Linh Nguyen
Linh is a first-year master's student and teaching assistant for ...       
linh.nguyen@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8044  
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Shawn Rolfe
Shawn is a second-year master's student and teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin and his SOC 201 course.  Shawn earned his bachelor of arts degree from Wright State University in sociology and a minor in crime and justice studies. His main research interests are crime and deviance, labeling and stigma theories, and re-entry issues for criminal offenders. He plans to eventually work towards a Ph.D. in applied sociology in order to conduct future research at the university level or in the private sector. Shawn is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in more than 14 countries. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and three dogs.
shawn.rolfe@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8044  
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PhD Graduate Teaching Assistants

Cheryl Crane
Cheryl is a third-year doctoral student.  She earned an MA and a BA in Human Geography from the University of Washington in Seattle.  After a decade of working with nonprofits in Colorado and Kentucky, she entered the PhD program to follow her dream of becoming a professor.  She is fascinated by many issues of gender and resistance; her current research examines how and why women construct social movements to circumvent obstacles to choice and expand their options for birth and mothering.  Above all, teaching is her passion.  She has taught at the college level in Washington state and Colorado, and is currently teaching Introduction to Sociology at the University of Louisville.
cheryl.crane@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8046  
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Clarence Gordon
A second-year doctoral student, Clarence earned his Master of Arts degree at Texas Southern University in Sociology (2010) and his Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida A&M University in Philosophy (2003). He has worked in collegiate environments as an administrator, instructor, and advisor. He applies his practical experiences by continuing to give priority to the academic development of his students’ critical thinking skills. He studied Psychosocial Sports Studies at Miami University in their Kinesiology and Health graduate program cultivating his research interests examining sports from a sociocultural perspective. His research interests also fuse pedagogy with the sociology of Hip Hop culture and he is the lead author of “The Damnation of Hip Hop: A critique of Hip Hop through the lens of W.E.B. Du Bois” published in the International Journal of Africana Studies (2010). Clarence believes in the power of being a mentor to young males and he has been a baseball coach for nearly ten years in urban communities of Tampa, FL and Cincinnati, OH. This volunteerism has fueled his current research of examining the decline of African American participation in baseball and he is working with Major League Baseball’s urban youth initiative programs. He aspires to conduct research and teach in a university environment while working toward becoming an athletic director. Clarence appreciates spending time in his native city of Tampa, relaxing with family and friends, watching sports, and coaching baseball.   
clarence.gordon@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8046  
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Telesphore Kagaba
A third-year doctoral student, Tele...
t0kaga01@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8045  
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James "Kent" Pugh
Kent is a first-year doctoral student and a graduate research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle.  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  
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Robert Shelby
Rob is a fourth-year doctoral student and holds two master of arts degrees, one in communication and culture from Trinity Graduate School (2006) and the second in sociology from Western Illinois University (2011). He earned dual bachelor of arts degrees in youth ministry and Biblical studies from Trinity International University (2001). He has held leadership positions within higher education, telecommunications firms, non-profit organizations, and the United States Army. His research interests relate to organizational structure and social cohesion within large organizations. His current research projects focus on multisited megachurches in the U.S. Rob aims to conduct research and teach in a university setting, while providing consultancy services for organizations in a variety of sectors. Rob collects comic books, is a film enthusiast, and technology aficionado.  
rlshel04@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8045  
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Jennifer Sinski
A fourth-year doctoral student, Jennifer graduated from Bellarmine University with a BA in liberal studies followed by an MAT in education with additional hours in special education.  She received an MA in English literature from Murray State University.     After teaching high school special education students for five years, she served as an IDC Coordinator and English instructor for Bellarmine University for two years.  While teaching full-time in the English Department at Elizabethtown Community College, Sinski decided to return to school to obtain her PhD in Sociology.  In addition to teaching, Sinski has co-authored with Dr. Curtis Bergstrand “Swinging in America:  Love, Sex and Marriage in the 21st Century” and several journal articles on subjects including teaching students with PTSD in the college classroom.  Currently, Jennifer is working with Dr. Patricia Gagne on a project focusing on the population of canines and felines held in Kentucky County public animal shelters.  Current interests include animals and society with focus on the human/animal bond.  Another area of interest is the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder for returning Veterans in the classroom.  In her free time, Sinski trains and competes in canine agility with her dogs Chloe, Allie and Sunshine.
jbsins01@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8046  
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Heidi Williams
Heidi is a third-year doctoral student and earned both her bachelor and master of arts degrees in Sociology from Marshall University. After completing her graduate work at Marshall, she served as the Program Coordinator for the National Science Foundation-supported Marshall University (MU) ADVANCE Program. The goal of MU-ADVANCE was to increase gender equity within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines through recruitment, faculty development, and policy initiatives. The successful implementation of two family-friendly policies stimulated her interest in applied sociology. Her research interests include family and gender, with a particular interest in examining the role extended family members play in father involvement among disadvantaged families. She spends her free time both helping her partner search for antique books and painting doors.   
hmwill07@louisville.edu
(502) 852-8046  
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