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Bahar Aldanmaz is a sociology PhD student at Boston University as a Fulbright scholar. She finds great excitement in questioning the effect of masculinities on gendered division of labor both at work and ‘home’. Bahar’s broader research interests are sexualities, intimacy and inequalities. She received her BA from Koç University studying sociology and psychology, and MA in social sciences from University of Chicago with her thesis titled “Young Turkish Women between Modern and Traditional: Attitudes Regarding Marriage, Sex and Equality”. Her current research is a comparative study of queer and straight partners negotiating work-family conflict in the time of COVID-19, which is funded by Boston University Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program.
Andrea Beltran-Lizarazo is a doctoral student in Sociology at Boston University and a Fulbright-Colciencias grantee.
Her current research explores the local factors behind the consolidation of open-air drug markets in Bogota, Colombia. Her study seeks to understand how these factors intersect with narcotics policy and with the State’s treatment of substance abuse as a social phenomenon. Her immediate goal is to enrich the intellectual and public debate about the “addiction markets” and its effects over local communities and people with substances abuse problems. More generally, her research seeks to expand the fields of critical urban studies and political sociology.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Andrea worked as a public policy consultant and held a lecturer position at Universidad Externado de Colombia, where she taught Political Sociology.
Erick’s research interests lie primarily in the sociology of religion and urban sociology. His current work focuses on lived religion and place.
Elif has a B.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her M.A. thesis was about the precarity of academic labor in Turkey with a particular focus on the experiences of professors and graduate student assistants in the social sciences. She is interested in economic sociology, work, organizations, and sociology of culture.
Ioanna’s research interests lie in the intersection between political science, sociology and education. Her research focuses on state-society relations with an emphasis on the politics of European integration, democratic governance, political participation, social rights and the welfare state, Globalization and social inequalities, public policy, and education for democratic citizenship.
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.
Stuti Das is a PhD student in Sociology. Stuti’s research interests include gender, sexualities, migration, and global health. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Stella Maris College, India (2015), her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Hyderabad, India (2017), and her M.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Hyderabad, India (2019).
Research interests include labor, work, organizations, economic sociology, and social theory.
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.
Ya-Ching’s research interests include economic sociology, cultural sociology, morality, and gender. She is particularly interested in economic activities that are legally debatable and have different moral reasoning across cultures or countries. She received her B.A. in the Interdisciplinary Program of Humanities and Social Sciences from National Tsing Hua University in 2014, and her M.A. in Sociology from National Taiwan University in 2018. Her previous research focuses on Taiwanese pigeon racing, encompassing both the races and illegal gambling on them.
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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.
Sara’s research interests include medical sociology, urban sociology, organizations, digital media, and visual research methods.
Meghann is interested in gender, identity, how people and societies assess and determine value, and consumption, including how branding and marketing contribute to its production. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and a M.A. in Liberal Studies: American Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY.
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.
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.
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.
Allison Wigen’s research and writing focus on culture, work and occupations, education, stratification, and social theory. Her current work explores relationships between class and cultural production, with an emphasis on the role of creative actors in producing social change. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University.
Caoyifu’s research interests include social relationship/integration/participation, health and well-being, aging and the life course.
Recent Graduate Students
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.
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.
Braxton researches gender, sexuality, and criminal justice.
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.
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.
Elina is a sociologist and practicing psychotherapist who is insatiably curious about the democratic phenomenon of boredom. Her dissertation, “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Anomic Boredom: Anglo and Russian Society”, establishes anomie as the cause of boredom and investigates its historical emergence, culturally-specific expression, and its relationship to art and politics. More broadly, she is interested in the sociology of emotion, mental illness, and violent political activism. In her career, she has conducted psychotherapy with Holocaust, Gulag, and Khmer Rouge survivors, refugees, and veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. She is defending in August 2019 and is seeking a Post-Doc or Professorship.