Graduate Teaching Assistants and Fellows

Bryn Alston

Bryn is a first-year joint MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant for Dr. Karen Christopher’s SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality class this fall and for Dr. Mark Austin’s SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course next spring.  Bryn graduated from Campbellsville University in 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in sociology and, as a graduate student, is interested in studying class, inequality, and media.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, George.

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Joseph Brewer

Joey is a second-year joint MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  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.

Trisha Douin

Trisha is a first-year PhD student and will serve as a research assistant for Drs. Patricia Gagné and Melanie Gast during the fall semester. Trisha holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Louisville, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and an Associate of Arts from Somerset Community College. Before joining the sociology department, Trisha worked for Berea College as a Counselor in Career Development. Trisha’s research interests include the sociology of education, race, class, gender, and sexual inequalities in higher education and work. In her free time, Trisha enjoys spending time with her partner and their cat, Wayne.


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Cat Haggard

Cat is a first-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  Cat graduated from Morehead State University with a B.A in sociology with a minor in gender studies. They researched topics related to toxic masculinity in both cis- and transmen. Moving forward they are interested in the social determinants of health and how that coincides with ability and gender. Cat loves books and volunteers at libraries in their spare time. They also love spending time with their two cats, Meredith "the void" Russo and Bumble Madonna.


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Rebecca Halpryn

Rebecca is a first-year PhD student and will serve as a graduate assistant for Dr. Lauren Heberle, 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).

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Savannah Hatton

Savannah is a first-year MA-PhD student and University Fellow.  She holds a BA from Indiana University Southeast with a triple major in Sociology (with an emphasis in gender studies), Communications (with an emphasis in theatrical performance), and an Individualized Major in Japanese Language and Culture.  Her academic interests include human sexuality, gender, and media.  Prior to coming to the University of Louisville, she was a stage actor for seven years where she performed such roles as Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Lysistrata (Lysistrata), and Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Show).  Her biggest inspiration in life is Freddie Mercury, the lead singer from Queen.     

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Samuel Hunter

Sam is a second-year joint PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  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.

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James Joyce

James is a first-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant this fall for Dr. Mark Austin's SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology course.  James graduated from UofL in 2020 with their Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and, as a graduate student, is interested in studying environmental sociology of health, sustainability, diversity, families, and social change. Research interests include social theory and statistical data analysis for technical, academic writing in social science and/or cultural studies. They also appreciate dance, music, reading and local art. 


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Anna Kelecy

Anna is a first-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant for Dr. Cynthia Ganote during the fall semester.  Anna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UofL. Her academic interests include sociology of mental health, quantitative methods, and theory.


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Haley Metcalf

Haley is a second-year PhD student and University Fellow for the 19-20 academic year.  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.

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Ryan Price

Ryan is a first-year MA-PhD student and will serve as a teaching assistant for Dr. Oliver Rollins' SOC 210 Race in the U.S. and SOC 464 Race & Ethnicity courses during the fall semester.  Ryan graduated from the University of Louisville in 2019 with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. His research interests include gender, sexuality, and public health. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and spending time with his dogs.

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Taylor Tolles

Taylor is a second-year joint MA-PhD student and will be teaching SOC 202 Social Problems this fall.  He recently earned his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, and his research interests include exploring military deviance, understanding how social identity relates to recidivism, investigating prescription drug misuse among members of the military, members, police and firefighters, and how A.I. relates to social control and deviance.

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