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Current Graduate Students
Erick’s research interests lie primarily in the sociology of religion and urban sociology. His current work focuses on lived religion and place.
Taylor’s research interests include urban, cultural and economic sociology. Her current project explores public/private efforts for commercial revitalization and considers the processes that shape how value is determined for commercial districts in two Boston neighborhoods.
Their research interests include gender, sexuality, identity formation, race-class intersections, masculinity, homonationalism, neoliberalism, and inequality. They have been involved in a variety of research projects linked to health, gender, cultural capital, and education.
Brittany graduated from Stonehill College with a B.A. in English and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2016. She is interested in race and intersectionality, community studies, and global sociology.
Selma earned her BA in Human Rights Studies at Lund University, Sweden, and her MA in Sociology at Columbia University as a Fulbright grantee. Selma is interested in immigration in Europe and the U.S., citizenship and race relations. More specifically, she focuses on immigrant identity formations as they respond to nativism and integration programs, and polycultural citizenship(s) within the nation-state.
Sarah’s interests are, broadly, urban and economic sociology. Sarah’s dissertation examines the Boston neighborhood of Allston, specifically looking at how cultural and narrative frameworks, rooted in neighborhood history, shape current neighborhood practices, and in so doing, reinforce neighborhood stratification.
Braxton researches gender, sexuality, and criminal justice.
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Landon’s research interests are in the subfield of urban sociology, studying the processes and effects of gentrification in metropolitan LGBTQ areas.
David examines why emerging democracies treat benign forms of pluralism, particularly religious pluralism, as a threat to national sovereignty and stability. His research shows how public policy in the post-Soviet context can be used to exclude dissident attitudes from political processes. His fields of interest include comparative politics, sociology of religion, nationalism, civil society, development and theory.
Research interests include religion and organizations.
Sara’s research interests include medical sociology, urban sociology, organizations, digital media, and visual research methods.
Kit’s research interests include historical sociology, nationalism, race and ethnicity, and citizenship.
Heather is interested in the interrelationship between gender, race, reproduction, sexuality, nation, and neoliberalism, specifically at the intersections of traditionally domestic labor and the public sector. She is also interested in affect, migration and border politics, science and technology, consumption and intangible commodities, as well as sociological, critical race, and feminist theories.
Kristen’s research interests include social inequalities, medical sociology, sociological methods, and the sociology of education. Specifically, her research focuses on the manner in which wealth influences mental health, educational outcomes, and labor market trajectories.
Jon’s interests exist at the intersection of global health, human rights, science and technology studies, and social movements. He is studying how global health NGOs resist dominant field pressures and develop alternative strategies in advancing state-protected universal health care access, social change, and human rights.
Sara is interested in gender, sexuality, embodiment, consumption, political economy, and critiques of neoliberalism. Her research broadly explores the use of aesthetic labor for marketing and value production in the alcohol industry. She is also interested in feminist theory, queer studies, and post-socialist transition in Central-Eastern Europe.