Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

University of Louisville, Sociology Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

 PhD Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants


 Jack "Trey" Allen

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Bailey Holland

Bailey is a first-year joint MA-PhD student and teaching assistant for Dr. Oliver Rollins' SOC 210 Race in the U.S. class.  She graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2018 and begins her master's degree in the fall of 2018.

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 Jonathon Holland


 Shelly Isaacs

Shelly is a second-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 second-year PhD student and teaching assistant for Dr. Oliver Rollins' 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

Theodore Malone is a third-year doctoral student and teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 405/605 Voluntarism, and for SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology, with which he also assisted during the 2017-2018 school year. He previously worked as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at UofL. Research interests include deviance, subcultures, social policy, and voluntary high risk activities (“edgework”). Prior to being enrolled at UofL, he earned a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology. He also taught high school mathematics for several years in the US and recently lived overseas before returning to earn a PhD. Personal interests include art, writing, outdoor recreation and search and rescue.

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 Brandon Schmidt

Brandon is a second-year master's student and a teaching assistant for Dr. Mark Austin's 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.


Nancy Steinmetz

Nancy is a second-year doctoral student and teaching SOC 202 Social Problems during the fall of 2018.  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 third-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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