Katie Fallon | email
Katie Fallon is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology. She focuses on how physical and social factors in urban neighborhoods impact individual behavior and outcomes. Drawing on neighborhood-based studies, human geography, and ideas about group formation, her current project takes a historical and geo-spatial approach to understand how gentrifying and diversifying space impacts material inequality and access to local neighborhood resources.
Myra Marx Ferree is a professor. Her work deals with intersectionality, especially in the ways that gender, race and class intersect differently in Europe than in the US, including looking at new processes of racialization in Europe. Her main project at present is a comparison of gender equality policies for faculty in higher education between Germany and the US. She also has projects on the current state of feminist organizing in different parts of the world.
Chad Alan Goldberg is a professor of sociology and affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the George L. Mosse Program in History. His first book, Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare (University of Chicago Press, 2008), showed how social spending policies have been an important site for political struggles over the boundaries and rights of American citizenship. Through a series of historical comparisons, it investigated how the outcomes of those struggles were shaped by the institutional structure of each policy and the manner and extent to which the policy became entangled in racial politics. He is currently working to complete a new book on modernity and the Jews in classical social theory. Intended in part as a comparative study in the sociology of ideas, it situates theorists’ portrayals of the Jews in their historical contexts, an important aspect of which was protracted conflict over the civil incorporation of a minority group variously conceived in ethnic, religious, and racial terms.
Daanika Gordon | email
Daanika Gordon is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Her research explores the institutional and everyday decision-making processes that structure modern law enforcement practices.
Alfonso Morales is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Morales studies food systems, public marketplaces, and street vendors, and the role and function that they serve in economic development. Using an innovative blend of the disciplines of sociology and urban planning, Morales has created a body of books, articles, book chapters, and other writing that provides practical insight into the ways that urban agriculture, food distribution, street-level economies and social interactions contribute to and influence community and economic development. He is among a small number of researchers who employ ethnographic field research methods to help inform contemporary theoretical debates about community food systems, public markets, space use, and street vending businesses. His primary dissertation research on Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market established the foundation for what has become a wider range of studies of the social, cultural, and economic factors that involved in the interactions between public marketplaces and the areas where they are established. His new research on community and regional food systems expands his intellectual and policy agenda through the $5 million dollar USDA-AFRI grant of which he is Project Co-Principle Investigator.
Pamela Oliver is a professor. She developed “critical mass” theories of collective action and social movements that stressed the role of organizers, and has written other pieces on social movements theory. She has studied news coverage of protests and other public events. She teaches an undergraduate course “Ethnic Movements in the US” that applies social movement theory to understanding racial/ethnic conflict and politics in the US. Her current research focuses on racial disparities in incarceration and on linking theories of repression with theories of crime control and on developing theory that puts ethnicity and minority/majority dynamics at the center of social movement theory. She has had extensive involvement doing public sociology in Wisconsin around racial disparity issues, including more than a hundred public presentations and involvement in a number of public organizations, boards and commissions over the past decade.
Johanna Quinn | email
Johanna Quinn is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison. 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.
katrina is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include: the construction of race and nation, empire, welfare states, citizenship, and how scholars of race and immigration theorize domestic and foreign Others. In her dissertation, katrina explores how U.S. state actors made decisions about revoking military benefits to Filipino veterans who served on behalf of the United States in World War II, categorically excluding them from social citizenship.
Casey Stockstill is a PhD candidate in Sociology. Casey uses original data to investigate the micro-level foundations of race, class, and gender inequalities. Her dissertation is an ethnography of children’s social experiences in class-segregated preschools. The project details how children react to peers’ and teachers’ socialization attempts, how children understand their material circumstances, and how children organize pretend play. She argues that class-segregated classrooms may produce experiences just as divergent as what children might have experienced at home. Casey has also conducted an experimental study of how people react to racial identity assertions and an interview-based study of how elite women construct family and career timelines.