Graduate Teaching Assistants and Fellows

Cat Alexander

Cat is a second-year MA-PhD student and will be teaching SOC 202: Social Problems in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022. Cat graduated from Morehead State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a concentration in gender studies. They previously have researched topics related to the differences in experiences of toxic masculinity between cis- and trans-men. Their research interests currently include gender non-conformity and genderism as an institution that reifies the gender binary. When not working on schoolwork, Cat enjoys reading YA novels and volunteering at local libraries as well as partaking in messy but creative house projects. They also love to spend time with their two cats, Bumble Madonna and Meredith “The Void” Russo."

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Solomon Amoatey

Solomon is a first-year PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant in the fall semester for Dr. Cynthia Ganote's SOC 202 Social Problems course.  Solomon holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Ghana and a master of arts degree in sociology from the University of Toledo, Ohio. His research explores the experiences of people with disabilities in the Global South. Solomon is deeply committed to defending the rights, freedoms and opportunities experienced by people with disabilities and by people in the Global South more broadly. He is also interested in health, social policy and social inequalities. His master’s thesis research involved the qualitative data collection and analysis of interviews with persons with disability in Ghana. 

Joseph Brewer

Joey is a second-year joint MA-PhD student and will be teaching SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology in Fall, 2021.  He earned his BA in sociology from UofL and is interested in the sociology of leisure as it pertains to card games, board games, tabletop RPGS, and the Local Game Store environment, and is currently studying e-sports.

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John Broadus

John is a second-year PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant in the fall semester for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  John earned his BA in sociology in 2016 from Ashford University and his MS in public service leadership and social justice in 2019 from Campbellsville University -- and is a proud first-generation college student. John’s research interests are race and ethnicity, and intersectionality, primarily focusing on black masculinity, experiences of low socioeconomic status black men, black existentialism, critical theory, strain theory, theory of cognitive dissonance, racism, and the experiences of first generation African American males in higher education.  John is primarily interested in qualitative research methods, with the hopes of eventually doing urban ethnography work in and around the city of Louisville. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, writing, reading, watching sports, and going to bookstores. 

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Rebecca Halpryn

Rebecca is a second-year PhD student and will serve as a research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle in Fall, 2021, working with the Center for Environmental Policy and Management. She holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology and environmental sustainability from Berea College. Her research interests include quantitative methods, demography, and sustainability. Her quantitative research experience includes 2 years of working as a research assistant at Berea College’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. She is the 2019 – 2020 Vice President of both the Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA) and the Graduate Network of Arts and Sciences (GNAS).

   |   (502) 852-8046   |   116 Lutz Hall

Savannah Hatton

Savannah is a first-year MA-PhD student whose research interests include gender, sexuality, and popular culture.  They are currently looking into how social media has created a space for people to express non-binary gender identities.  Their hobbies include watching anime, reading fantasy novels, and listening to the British rock band Queen.  They live with their best friend and closest companion: a two year old Cockapoo named Oscar.

   |   (502) 852-8044   |   113 Lutz Hall

Samuel Hunter

Sam is a third-year PhD student and will be teaching SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology in Fall, 2021.  He holds a master of arts in social sciences from the University of Troy University, with a focus on sociology and psychology. He also holds a bachelor of science in political science from Troy University. Samuel was previously an adjunct instructor for Troy University for two years. In his spare time he likes to do woodwork projects, play card/board games, cook, and explore the streets of the city or go hiking in the woods.

   |   (502) 852-8045   |   115 Lutz Hall

Thomas Isaak

Thomas is a second-year PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant in the fall semester for Dr. Cynthia Ganote's SOC 202 Social Problems course.  His academic interests include intersectionality and social policy particularly as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. Thomas is also interested in the use of quantitative methods in LGBTQ+ studies. Thomas earned his master of arts degree in sociology from the University of Louisville and his bachelor of science degree in sociology from Murray State University. In his free time, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family and their three dogs.

   |   (502) 852-3869   |   106 Lutz Hall

James Joyce

James is a second-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant in the fall semester for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course, as well as serving as a research assistant with Dr. Melanie Gast. . James has a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the University of Louisville and, as a graduate student, is interested in studying mixed methods in the sociology of health and safety, American sociology, social movement organizations, socialization, politicization and framing of social action. James is particularly interested in these areas with respect to anti-racism and governmental responsibility (currently regarding COVID-19 regulations, previously studying pollution regulations, and other ecological protections). James enjoys consulting for sustainable initiatives, participates in music and movement subcultures, and reads fiction and non-fiction.

Haley Metcalf

Haley is a third-year PhD student and will serve as a research assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle in Fall, 2021, working with the Center for Environmental Policy and Management..  Haley graduated in 2019 with her master’s degree in applied sociology from East Tennessee State University, and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in social epidemiology from the University of Tennessee. Haley’s research interests include medical sociology, environmental hazards and health, and rural health.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her cat, Neville.

   |   (502) 852-8046   |   116 Lutz Hall

Ryan Price

Ryan is a second-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant in the fall semester for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  Ryan graduated from the University of Louisville in 2019 with his bachelor of arts in sociology. His research interests include the sociology of education, intersectionality, technology and digital inequality, and qualitative methods. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with his dogs.

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