Current Students

Maria Azocar

Maria is a Sociology PhD student with research interests in law and gender. Maria is originally from Chile, where she did her BA in Sociology at the University Catolica de Chile (2005). Before coming to the US, she held a position as a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Diego Portales (UDP). Currently she is a research fellow at the Instituto de Investigacion en Ciencias Sociales (ICSO-UDP). Her master thesis analyzed the implementation of court reforms in Chile, the gendered stratification of the legal profession in the country, and the construction of a gendered legal expertise by legal policymakers. Maria worked as a volunteer in Fondo Alquimia, an organization that funds feminist activist groups in Chile. Currently she works at WORT Radio, where she hosts the show “En Nuestro Patio,” a program with news and music for the Latino community in Madison (every tuesday at 7pm, 89.9 fm). She is happy to share and discuss her work.

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

Yun, a doctoral student in Sociology, comes from a hard science background, having studied Environmental Science, Biology, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. After noticing the distinct lack of women in engineering, she became interested in researching women in male dominated fields, cultural and institutional changes through interactions and relationships, and higher education as a workplace as well as an educational institution. She is completing her master’s thesis in Sociology using cross-national interview data on women scientists and engineers in academia in South Korea and Madison. Her thesis research explores how mentoring relationships support individuals’ strategies and facilitate cultural transformation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Alexis Dennis

Alexis is a graduate student in Sociology. Her research interests include autoethnography, microsociology, gender, race and ethnicity, and urban and community sociology. Her research has focused on Black women and their lived experiences particularly in both their personal and professional lives, their relationships to mainstream feminism, and their conceptualizations of community. She is especially interested in the upward mobility of poor racial groups and their experiences as they break into the middle-class. She explores aspects of alienation and the families/communities they are compelled to create within and outside of professional and familial communities. Her current work examines the experiences of working class women of color who work and/or are students in the academy and how they struggle to make meaning of race and class membership in predominantly white, privileged spaces.

Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research is broadly focused on the intersection of race, space, and social inequality. Her dissertation focuses on how community structures interact with identities, such as race and class, to produce material inequality and local isolation. In addition, Katie is currently working on three 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 negotiate professional and individual development; and (3) an analysis of how and when race is utilized in studies of gentrification.

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.

Nona Gronert

Nona is a Sociology graduate student. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, and criminology. After noticing undergraduate peers’ disagreements over verbal consent to sex, she decided to research college students’ perceptions of sexual consent. She hopes to build upon this research by further investigating conflicts within undergraduates’ sexual scripts. For a taste of her research, check out her post on Sociological Images.

Garrett Grainger

Garrett L. Grainger is a PhD student in the department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation research incorporates theoretical models/findings associated with intimate relationships, life course, emotions, gender, and social stratification. More specifically, he contributes to life course scholarship by exploring the impact of institutional inclusion on relationship stability/longevity amongst gay and lesbian couples transitioning into retirement. To this end, Garrett utilizes a multi-method design that incorporates survey data and in-depth interviews to illuminate the processes associated with this status transformation. Garrett earned his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013) and B.S. from the University of Central Florida (2010).

Jamie Hawkins

Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to California when I was 18 and have lived there for the last 10 years. I taught preschool in both San Luis Obispo and San Francisco before returning to school full-time. I graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a degree in Sociology. During my senior year I completed an original research project examining parent expectations of preschools- examining access, race and class factors. My academic interests include education, stratification, gender, and sexuality. I recently returned from living in Istanbul, Turkey for the last six months where I studied at Boğaziçi University. My non-academic interests include traveling, biking, reading (mostly memoirs), and yoga.

Yangsun Hong

Yangsun is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is interested in synthesizing of theories across disciplines, particularly the sociology of gender, social psychology, and political/health communications. As a recipient of 2013 graduate student research grant from the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison, she is currently working on her project entitled “How to practice intersectionality in quantitative health research.” Her research assumes that individuals’ structural experiences from having multiple positions in marginalized social categories (class, gender, race, sexuality, and citizenship) directly and indirectly influence health-related behavioral choices through affecting psychological processes, skills, and environmental constraints. This study attempts to expand the uses of intersectionality in health research to include psychological processes and behavioral outcomes.
Yangsun has also been studying how experiences of political disagreement are differently associated with varying forms of political participation and how social capital, social networks and political conversations relate to political participation, particularly in social movements, of men and women. | website

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.

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.

Morgan Matthews

Originally from New Hampshire, Morgan is a PhD Student in the Sociology Department at UW-Madison. Broadly, her areas of interest include gender, political sociology, and organizations. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where her qualitative honors thesis explored the institutional, interactional, and individual processes in a citizen or “volunteer” state legislature that impact female legislators’ ability to balance work and family. Before moving to Madison, she worked in the field of teaching and learning supporting the evaluation of educational initiatives at her alma mater.

Hannah Miller

Hannah is a PhD student in sociology and is interested in gender, education, and stratification. Her dissertation examines how gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities in educational achievement and attainment vary across U.S. high schools, and how disparities in instructional and relational resources relate to achievement and attainment inequality. Her other work has examined the discourse of parent involvement in Title I school-parent compacts and policies; parent-teacher relationships in low-income, predominantly Latino schools; and low-income college students’ decisions about academic pathways.

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.

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 in 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).

Madeleine Pape

Madeleine is an Australian Ph.D candidate in Sociology at UW-Madison. Her dissertation examines how the institutions of sport, law, and science make decisions about how to define sex and gender difference. In 2015, Madeleine was involved in an international court case where Dutee Chand, an Indian sprinter, successfully appealed the Hyperandrogenism Regulations of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). These regulations imposed a limit on the amount of naturally occurring testosterone allowed in the bodies of female athletes. You can read more on Madeleine’s website. Her other research explores the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in participatory budgeting, drawing in particular on feminist theories of participatory democracy and citizenship.

Taylor Price

Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science. Her research interests include African politics, women in politics, political culture, and traditional leadership. Her dissertation, “Uneasy Alliances: Traditional Leaders and the Promotion of Women’s Rights in Namibia,” draws upon extensive fieldwork in Namibia to examine the democratic government’s efforts to involve chiefs in the implementation of gender equality policies. Focusing on the gender-related elements of three policy areas–HIV/AIDS education and treatment, gender-based violence prevention, and communal land and inheritance–the dissertation argues that traditional leaders will support policies promoting women’s rights if they improve community, rather than individual, wellbeing, and if the government monitors implementation activities.

Johanna Quinn

Johanna Quinn is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. Her research focuses on the ways race, class, and gender intersect in people’s lived experiences, and the role institutions play in creating, sustaining, and ameliorating inequalities. As a former public school teacher, K-12 schools feature prominently in her work. Johanna’s dissertation examines inequality and stratification among public school employees in New York City. Her other projects include: (1) an examination of the uncompensated racial care non-instructional employees provide to high school students; (2) a study of how news media mobilize race and class to discursively frame U.S. public schools as in “crisis” and construct teachers as being solutions or impediments to school improvement; and (3) a randomized control trial under Joshua Brown’s direction of teacher and student interactions across 62 New York City elementary schools.

Casey Stockstill

Casey Stockstill is a doctoral student in the sociology department. Casey studies the micro-level mechanisms that contribute to broader race, class, and gender inequalities. Her dissertation identifies the mechanisms of primary socialization for young children who attend daycare. Previous theoretical and empirical accounts either emphasize parents, teachers, or peers as the core agents of socialization. In contrast, her project uses ethnographic observations of preschool children both at home and at school to examine how children interpret parents, teachers, and peers’ attempts to influence their dispositions and behaviors. Casey has two additional research projects. The first project uses experiments to examine how observers categorize and stereotype individuals based on their phenotype and racial identity claims. The second project, co-authored with Katie Fallon, uses women’s narratives about dating after college to argue that the transition to adulthood remains deeply gendered—despite accomplishing self-development goals, women’s status as full adults remains contingent on establishing romantic partnerships. Casey received her B.A. in 2012 from Columbia University, where she was a McNair Fellow.

Di Wang

Di Wang is a feminist researcher and advocate. She has co-founded Xiamen Maji, one of the first queer campus groups in China. For a decade, she has been active in young feminist/queer movement. Now, she is a PhD student in Sociology at University Wisconsin-Madison with research interests in the areas of gender, legal consciousness, and social movements. She is currently focusing on how marginalized communities like queer women can mobilize around law-related issues (LGBT impact litigation) under an authoritarian government.

Jaclyn Wypler

Jaclyn is a graduate student in the departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology at UW-Madison. Her research interests include agrofood systems, gender, and communities. Jaclyn is currently doing fieldwork with sustainable women farmers in the rural Midwest, looking at how these farmer fare in communities dominated by conventional male farmers.

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. Katie is a consultant for international development projects, specifically gender-related programs and project evaluation. For her dissertation, Katie is examining the causal complexity of women’s empowerment in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh using crisp set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (Ragin, 2000). | homepage | CV