The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2018 Calendar 

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Nothing from December 14, 2018 to January 14, 2019.

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  • Current Students

    Maria Azocar

    Özlem Altiok

    Özlem's research and teaching interests include capitalist development and its discontents; gender and other social inequalities; migration; and environmental sociology. She is completing her dissertation on the entanglements of politics, religion, and gender in Turkey. This work consists of three papers that analyze some key reforms from the 1920s, and include an ethnography that explores the appeal of complimentarity discourses. Since 2010, she has been a full-time lecturer jointly hired by Women's Studies and International Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton. She loves learning/teaching, playing with her daughter, and traveling.

    Yun K. Cho

    Alexis Dennis

    Katie Fallon

    Katie Fallon is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison. She is interested in urban spaces, race, gender, and human geography. Katie is currently working on a few different projects: (1) an analysis of how raced and gendered bodies are situated within hierarchies of beauty; (2) a project with Casey Stockstill about how single, heterosexual, professional women in New York City approach finding a partner; (3) an ethnographic exploration of the UW Madison metro bus system; and (4) an analysis of how urban studies graduate departments have attempted to increase racial and gender diversity of faculty and graduate students.

    Pilar Goñalons

    Pilar's main areas of interests include stratification, gender, migration, race and ethnicity, and feminist theory. She is a PhD candidate in Sociology currently working on her dissertation about the role of paid domestic workers in new configurations and discourses of inequality in Spain. She is working on a paper that looks at the relationship between hiring domestic workers and the division of housework labor and another piece looking at the discourse of gender equality in relation to domestic workers. Broadly speaking, Pilar is interested in examining processes of inequalities between women in relation to other mechanisms of stratification.

    Daanika Gordon

    Yangsun Hong

    Annabel Ipsen

    Annabel Ipsen is a doctoral student in Sociology with a regional focus on Latin America. Her research interests include: gender, labor, migration, and economic change and development. Currently she is doing pre-dissertation research on foreign migrant workers in the agricultural sector on the triple border of Chile, Peru and Bolivia. Her previous research includes a project on temporary workers in the citrus industry in Argentina and Uruguay and an investigation on supply chain development with local farmers in the fruit export industry in northern Chile.

    Katrina Quisumbing King

    Gina Longo

    Gina is a Sociology PhD student with research interests in citizenship, immigration, and intersectionality. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation, "Torn Between Rights and Vows:The Effects of Spousal Immigration and Citizenship Processes on US Citizens" analyzes the intersections of citizenship, marriage migration, and social location. She examines the ways in which a foreign spouse’s journey through the US immigration and citizenship processes changes the US citizen spouse’s relationship to the state and challenges their citizenship rights; drawing on interviews of US marriage migrant couples and textual analysis of a support forum for US citizen spouses.

    Kellea Miller

    Kellea is a UW-Madison Sociology PhD student with a focus on international women's rights. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University and an M.S. in Sociology from UW-Madison. For the past 10 years, Kellea has worked with international human rights organizations including the Global Fund for Women, the International Accountability Project, and the Fund for Gender Equality at UN Women. She teaches women's self-defense and can sing one song in Quechua.

    Hannah Miller

    Naama Nagar

    Before going to grad school, Naama worked on budgetary gender mainstreaming in Israel and volunteered with feminist peace organizations. She wrote her thesis on Inter-Cultural Dialogues, a student-led course at the Sociology department. Her dissertation will look at gender aspects of the social movements which mobilized in Wisconsin and in Israel during 2011 (and since). She'd love to connect with people via twitter: @naamangr and her developing English blog is:

    Mytoan Nguyen Akbar

    Mytoan Nguyen Akbar has broad research interests in racial and ethnic studies as these issues relate to globalization and migration. Her dissertation about the return migration experiences of Vietnamese Americans (in both the "1.5" and 2nd generation) extends current research on how migration can have consequences for both sending and receiving communities, especially for transnational kinship networks, cosmopolitan expatriate communities, and career advancement in a post-financial recession era. The situated context of migration across borders leads to new social and occupational hierarchies that are fertile ground for intersectional studies of race, class, and gender dynamics.
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    Jason Orne

    Jason's research agenda focuses on the intersection between race and sexuality. His current project studies interracial relationships and sexual stratification in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood. He is also a scholar of identity management, especially coming out. He uses qualitative methods, including ethnographic participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and autoethnography. He received his M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A in Humanities and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He can be found online at | Curriculum Vitae

    Madeleine Pape

    Johanna Quinn

    Johanna is interested in intersectionality as a theory and method for sociological inquiry. Her research examines United State's teachers as a gendered and racialized labor force and seeks to understand their experiences of teaching in a stratified labor market. Her work investigates how changing relations of accountability and authority in schools and policies like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top (RTTP) impact teachers' work and lives.

    Casey Stocksill

    Jaclyn Wypler

    Katie Zaman

    Katie is a Sociology PhD student with research interests in political economy, international development, women's empowerment, and QCA methods.  She has worked in Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow, and has won FLAS fellowships for both Bengali and Indonesian. For her dissertation, Katie is examining the causal complexity of women's empowerment in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. | homepage | CV

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