Department of Sociology

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Recent Faculty Research

Gast, Melanie Jones, Dina Okamoto, and Valerie Feldman. 2017. ““We Only Speak English Here:” English Dominance in Language Diverse, Immigrant After-School Programs.” Journal of Adolescent Research. 32: 94–121.

Gast, Melanie Jones. 2017. “Researcher as College Coach: Dilemmas and Possibilities in Fieldwork with Adolescents.” Sociological Studies of Children and Youth 22: 103-124.

Brittany M. Williams, Karen Christopher, and Jennifer Sisnki"'Who Doesn't Want to Be This Hot Mom?' Celebrity Mom Profiles and Mothers' Accounts of Their Postpartum Bodies."(Sexualization, Media, & Society)

Derrick Brooms, Jelisa Clark, and Matt Smith:  "Being and Becoming Men of Character: Exploring Latino and Black Males’ Brotherhood and Masculinity Through Leadership in College" (Journal of Hispanic Higher Education)

Melanie J. Gast:  “’You’re Supposed to Help Me’: The Perils of Mass Counseling Norms for Working-Class Black Students."  (Urban Education)

Melanie J.Gast & Dina G. Okamoto: “Moral or civic ties? Deservingness and engagement among undocumented Latinas in non-profit organisations.” (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies)  

Deborah A.Potter:  “Situated Motives of Lay Participants in Community Collaboratives for Children’s Mental Health.” (Qualitative Health Research)

Rajack-Talley, Theresa A., Siobhan E. Smith, Latrica E. Best, Margaret U. D’Silva, Lindsay J. Della, and Deborah A. Potter:  “Epistemological Inclusiveness in Researching the African-American Community.” (International Journal of Social Science Methodology)

Jennifer B. Sinski, Robert M. Carini and Jonetta D. Weber:  "Putting (Big) Black Dog Syndrome to the Test: Evidence from a Large Metropolitan Shelter."  (Anthrozoös)

Leonard, Melinda A.; Damjanovic, Branka; Simic, Goran; & Gul  Aldikacti Marshall:"Peace Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Effects of Ingroup Identification, Outgroup Trust and Intergroup Forgiveness on Intergroup Contact," (Peace and Conflict Studies)

Department Spotlight

Our PhD Graduates

Since 2014, the Department of Sociology has graduated seven students from its PhD in applied sociology, all of whom have entered academia:  Maggie Stone (2014) has been an assistant professor of sociology at Marshall University since graduating. Mike Littrell (2015) is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Kentucky Community and Technical College System and has been working in the Cyber Crimes Unit with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office for several years. Rob Shelby (2016) has served as an instructor at the University of Evansville since 2015 and became an assistant professor of sociology in 2016. Christa Moore (2016) will become an assistant professor of sociology at the University or Virginia-Wise campus this fall. Cheryl Crane (2016) has been working as a visiting professor of sociology at Franklin College and will become an assistant professor this fall. Heidi Williams (2017) has accepted a position as an instructor in sociology at Virginia Tech for the fall. Jelisa Clark (2017) has accepted a position as an instructor at Fayetteville State University for the fall. Brandon McReynolds (2017) is working for the Center for Environmental Policy and ManagementKent Pugh (2017) is now working for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. as a statistician/demographer in the Journey-To-Work/Migration Statistics Branch.  Congratulations to all of our doctoral graduates!

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