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On the Market Graduate Students

Below you will find information about current UMN Ph.D. candidates now on the job market.

Keith Cunnien

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisor: Joseph Gerteis
  • Research Interests: Democracy, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Inequality, Family, Work, Efficacy, and Decision-Making
  • Dissertation Title: The Meaning of Everyday Democracy in Civic, Family, and Work Spheres: A Mixed Methods Study

Shannon Golden

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisor: Elizabeth Heger Boyle
  • Research Interests: Sociology of Law, Peace, war & social conflict, Migration & displacement, Methods, Religion, Race & ethnicity.
  • Dissertation Title: After Atrocity: Community Reconstruction in Northern Uganda

Kyle Green

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisors: Doug Hartmann and Teresa Gowan
  • Research Interests: Sociological and Cultural Theory, Sport and Physical Culture, Embodiment, Storytelling, Gender and Masculinity, Sociology of the Self, Qualitative Methodologies
  • Dissertation Title: The Allure of Mixed Martial Arts: Meaning Making, Masculinity and the Embodiment of Suburbia.

Jack Lam

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisor: Phyllis Moen
  • Research Interests: Gender and the Life Course; Work and Organizations; Health and Well-Being; Social Policy; Social Inequality and Stratification; Social Psychology
  • Dissertation Title: Hedging Risk in the Face of Precarious Employment: Job Insecurity, Coping Behavior, and Health in Early Adulthood

Wenjie Liao

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisors: Joachim Salvesberg and Elizabeth Heger Boyle
  • Research Interests: Law and Society, Deviance, Social Memory, Culture, Globalization and International Law, contemporary China, quantitative methods, mixed-methods research.
  • Dissertation Title: Legal Consciousness and Collective Memories in Transitional China.

Liying Luo

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisor: Rob Warren
  • Research Interests: Quantitative Methods, Social Demography, Health Disparities, Inequality.
  • Dissertation Title: A New Age-Period-Cohort Model for Describing and Investigating Inter- and Intra-Cohort Effects on Social, Demographic, and Health Outcomes.

Sarah Whetstone

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisors: Teresa Gowan and Doug Hartmann
  • Research Interests: Race, Class, and Gender; Social Theory; Punishment, Deviance, and Social Control; Sociology of Health and Illness; Drugs & Society; Qualitative Methods
  • Dissertation Title: Kicking the Habit: Recovering from Addiction across Social Divides

Lei (Frank) Zhang

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Advisor: Yanjie Bian
  • Research Interests: Causal impacts of social networks/social capital on organizational performance, social stratification and inequality.
  • Dissertation Title: Business Performance of Chinese Enterprises in a Relational Perspective