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 Católica 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.
mazocar@ssc.wisc.edu

Miriam Barcus

Miriam is a PhD candidate in sociology at UW-Madison. Her research interests include gender, work, and the family as well as policy related to these areas, with a particular focus on parental leave. She is especially interested in how workplace factors and policy influence the way couples divide paid and unpaid work and how this division of labor becomes gendered or degendered. In 2016, Miriam was part of a small research team that was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau grant to study family and medical leave use and need among City of Madison employees. The study included a survey of all 2,800 City employees, longitudinal administrative data, and interviews with supervisors and key personnel. The results of the study are being used to inform the development of a potential paid family and medical leave policy for City employees. Additionally, Miriam is drawing on this rich data to explore the workplace, relational, and attitudinal factors that encourage and discourage men’s caregiving leave use. mbarcus@wisc.edu

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.
yuncho@wisc.edu

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.
amdennis@ssc.wisc.edu

Frankie (S. Frank)

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Frankie (S. Frank) is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Sociology. Research interests include: gender, sexuality, menstruation, relationships, intimacy, sex roles, bodies & embodiment, body modification, disabilities, intersectionality, qualitative methods. Recently, Frankie was published in Sexuality and Culture. Frankie spends her free time kayaking, crafting and spending time her cats.
sfrank9@wisc.edu

Kristina Marie Fullerton Rico

I am a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include ethnography, gender, race and ethnicity, migration and transnationalism. My work is inspired by my own experiences as a Mexican immigrant. Currently, I’m working on a project at the intersection of migration and communication to examine how technologies impact relationships in general and how these technologies can, and cannot, circumvent distance to maintain emotional closeness in the absence of physical contact –– an increasingly common experience for migrants in a globalized world. Before coming to graduate school, I worked in the feminist non-profit sector.
kfullerton2@wisc.edu

Shreenita Ghosh

Shreenita Ghosh (SJMC) is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. Her primary field of research interest is in Social Movements, digital media, and social networks.
ghosh26@wisc.edu

Annaliese Grant

A graduate student at UW-Madison, Annaliese’s research focuses on low-income families in the U.S. as they relate to each other, to media/pop culture, and to the state. She uses mixed methods to focus mainly on the experiences of low-income women in families, as well as larger questions of gender and media/technology. In undergrad at Barnard College, she double-majored in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Math. All three of these interests show-up and frame her current work.
aegrant2@wisc.edu

Nona Maria Gronert

Nona is a doctoral student in Sociology and a Law & Society Graduate Fellow. Her research focuses on sexual consent and sexual assault in the context of higher education. Her dissertation studies how the governance of sexual assault and harassment has changed at one large, public, Midwestern university from 1972 through 2017. Nona’s other current project investigates study abroad coordinators’ and their students’ perceptions of gendered risk in Germany. Outside of her research, Nona serves on the board of Breakthrough Dance Company.
gronert@wisc.edu | homepage

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).
ggrainger@wisc.edu

Isaac Sohn Leslie

Isaac, or “Ike,” researches connections between social justice and ecological sustainability in food systems in the U.S. and Latin America. His article about gender and sexuality in agriculture, “Queer Farmers: Sexuality and the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture,” is published in Rural Sociology. Ike’s work can also be found in Agriculture and Human Values and the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. Before starting his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ike earned an M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in International Studies and Music from Vassar College.
isaac.s.leslie@gmail.com | homepage

Gina Marie Longo

Gina Marie Longo is a recent PhD graduate of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she is a post-doc at the Law School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in the sociology of gender, race and ethnicity, immigration, and digital sociology. Her current research focuses on how the U.S. spousal reunification system (re)constructs and polices citizenship and nation
glongo@ssc.wisc.edu | homepage

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.
mmatthews5@wisc.edu

Chiara Packard

Chiara is a Sociology PhD student with research interests in criminal justice, politics of punishment, gender, and race. Her Master’s focuses on how feminist activists navigate the television news discourse that emerged following a highly publicized gang rape in New Delhi in December 2012. In particular, she analyzes the process through which activists move the discourse beyond the criminal justice frame, bringing in feminist understandings of violence against women. Moving forward, Chiara is doing preliminary research on the development of the punitive state in the US, looking in particular at how and why states have followed diverging carceral trajectories. She uses a variety of methods in her work, such as discourse analysis, content analysis, and comparative-historical methods. She is always happy to discuss her research or similar topics with anyone that might have overlapping interests.
cpackard@wisc.edu

Lauren Parnell Marino

Lauren is a PhD student in the Development Studies Program. Her research interests include gender, empowerment discourse, women’s labor force participation, and international development. She is particularly interested in Uganda, but is broadly interested in the African continent. Lauren is currently studying Luganda as a FLAS Fellow and also spends time working in the university’s African Studies Program. Before coming to Madison, Lauren worked in the international development sector, including time at Ashoka, Uganda Crafts, and the Interfaith Youth Core. She earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University in Social Policy, and a Master’s degree in Gender, Globalization, and Rights from the National University of Ireland, Galway as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. In her spare time, she’s a birder, baker, and photographer.
lmarino@wisc.edu | homepage

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.

mpape@wisc.edu

Di Wang

Di Wang is a feminist researcher and advocate from China. She is a PhD candidate of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin−Madison, with a focus on LGBTQ rights, legal mobilization and social policy. Her research has been informed by her ten-year experience as a women’s and LGBTQ rights advocate. Using family rights as a focal point, her dissertation investigates the globalization of LGBTQ rights, with an empirical focus on two powerful states – China and the United States. Her work is committed to research-based advocacy and the advancement of analytical tools for social change. She has worked on projects that evaluate the impact of law on women’s and LGBTQ rights in China and in the U.S. with organizations like the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law, Gender Equality Advocacy and Action Network (GEAAN) and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
dwang224@wisc.edu

Jaclyn Wypler

Jaclyn is a doctoral student in the departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology at UW-Madison. She brings her background working on small vegetable farms to her ethnographic research on lesbian and queer sustainable farmers is the rural Midwest. In an era of intense political polarization, she investigates the social and economic relationships between the farmers and their neighbors, their customers, and their families. What might these relationships say about queer experiences, rural life, and the ways in which people negotiate differences? Her research speaks to the intersections of gender, sexualities, rurality, agrofood systems, and social psychological subfields.
wypler@wisc.edu

Katie Zaman

Katie’s dissertation is about the relationship between women’s economic empowerment and the social risks required to challenge gender oppression. She is using the stories of women who live and work in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh to explore this topic. She loves teaching the Sociology of Gender and the Sociology of Marriage and Families. Katie has a background in community health, program planning, and project evaluation.
kzaman@ssc.wisc.edu | homepage | CV