Faculty, Staff & Students

Tenure-Track Faculty

Bates, Littisha

Associate Professor (PhD, Arizona State University)

1014 Crosley Tower



Sociology of Education; Early Childhood Education; Racial and Ethnic Stratification; Demography; Quantitative Research Methods; Immigration

Bessett, Danielle

Associate Professor (PhD, New York University)

1022 Crosley Tower



Pregnancy; Abortion; Sociology of Reproduction; Medical Sociology; Sociology of Families; Gender; Qualitative Methods

Danielle Bessett CV

Carlton-Ford, Steve

Department Head
(PhD, University of Minnesota)

1017 Crosley Tower



Peace, War, and Social Conflict; Sociology of Development; Militarization, Armed Conflict, Social Development; Life Changes; Quantitative Analysis; Research Methodology

Steve Carlton-Ford CV

Casanova, Erynn Masi de

Interim Director of the Kunz Center for Social Research, Associate Professor (PhD, City University of New York)

1015 Crosley Tower



Gender; Race/Ethnicity; Work; Family; the Body; Popular Culture; Globalization/Development; Latin American societies; U.S. Latinos/as; Ethnography and qualitative research methods.

Erynn Masi de Casanova CV

Linders, Annulla

Associate Professor (PhD, SUNY Stony Brook)

1001 Crosley Tower



Qualitative Methods; Historical and Comparative; Social Movements; Culture; Capital Punishment; Abortion

Annulla Linders CV

Malat, Jennifer

Professor, (PhD, University of Michigan)

150 McMicken Hall



Medical Sociology; Sociology of Racial and Ethnicity; Racial Inequality in Health and Healthcare; Quantitative Analysis

Matthew, Ervin (Maliq)

Assistant Professor (PhD, The Ohio State University)

1021 Crosley Tower



Social Stratification; Education; Urban Sociology; Race, Class and Gender; Social Mobility; Social Psychology

Ervin (Maliq) Matthew CV

Maume, David J

Professor of Sociology (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

1007 Crosley Tower



Work-Family; Gender; Stratification; Labor Markets; Quantitative; Inequality

David Maume CV

Reid, Gerald S

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

1003 Crosley Tower



Gerald joined the UC faculty in 1968 and has had the privilege of teaching and working in four different UC colleges.  He has held numerous administrative positions including Department Coordinator, Assistant Dean, Academic Director, and Director of Undergraduate Studies.  During his time at UC he has seen many changes – to the physical campus, to administrative practices, to the role of administrators and faculty, to the way courses are taught, and to the expectations and needs of students in the classroom.  He has received numerous teaching and service awards during his tenure at UC, but he says that he is most honored when a student from an earlier time makes the effort to say, “Thank you!”

Timberlake, Jeffrey M.

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies (PhD, University of Chicago)

1004 Crosley Tower



Community and Urban Sociology; Sociology of Population; Demography; Quantitative Research Methods; Racial and Ethnic Relations; Immigration

Jeff Timberlake CV

Adjunct Faculty

Cassedy, Amy

Research Associate, Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Assistant Professor-Adjunct, Sociology

1023 Crosley Tower



Chapman, Kelli R.


Kelli Chapman is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. Her dissertation, "Dating In and Out of the Closet: Negotiating Intimate Relationships as an LGBTQ Teenager" is a study of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer teenagers navigate dating and forming romantic relationships. Her research and teaching interests include sexualities, sex and gender, children and youth, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and qualitative methods. ​

Park, C. James

Instructor - Adj



James received is BA from Albright College in Criminology and Political Science. He received his MA in Sociology from University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in political sociology, deviance and social control, criminology, culture and immigration.

Vines, Marcus Christopher

Instructor - Adj



Marcus Vines received his BA in sociology from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include gender, specifically masculinity, popular culture, sociology of the body, race, and class.

Affiliate Faculty

Benson, Michael L.





Cullen, Francis T.

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus




Currier, Ashley

Associate Professor, Assistant Department Head, and Graduate Program Director, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3322 French Hall



Feldmeyer, Ben H

Associate Professor




Fritz, Jan Marie


6213 Daa Addition



Lind, Amy C

Mary Ellen Heintz Professor & Dept. Head

3428E French Hall



Norwood, Carolette R.

Assoc Professor

3302 French Hall



Rodriguez, Leila

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

450 Braunstein Hall



Sanmiguel-Valderrama, Olga

Associate Professor in Women's, Gender, and Sexualities

3314 French Hall



Waymer, Damion Mario

240C Van Wormer Hall


Wilcox, Pamela





Wright II, Earl


1009 Crosley Tower



Emeriti Faculty

Bending, Jan

Professor Emerita

1002 Crosley Tower



Dubeck, Paula J

Professor Emeritus

1018 Crosley Tower



Evans, T. David

Professor Emeritus

1006 Crosley Tower



Feinberg, William E

Professor Emeritus


Johnson, Norris R

Professor Emeritus


Lundgren, David Cramer

Professor Emeritus

1001 Crosley Tower



Quarm, Daisy

Associate Professor (PhD, University of Michigan)

1603 Crosley Tower



Ritchey, Phillip Neal

Professor Emeritus

1014 Crosley Tower



Vannoy, Dana

Professor Emeritus



Fist, Sandra L.

Financial Administrator

3428D French Hall



Graduate Students

Allen, Shaonta'

Graduate Assistant, Yates Fellow and SREB Scholar

Shaonta' received her M.A. in Sociology and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in 2013 from Middle Tennessee State University. In 2009 she received her B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle where she double majored in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies. Her Master’s thesis entitled “Stomping the Yard in Black and White: A Comparative Study of the Perceived Benefits of Black Greek Life at Historically Black and Predominantly White Institutions,” analyzes how university racial composition creates a distinct racial climate for undergraduate students and how affiliation with social organizations such as Black fraternities and sororities helps to mediate members’ experiences. She has presented the findings from this study at several regional and national sociology conferences. Shaonta' is a second year doctoral student. She is very passionate about reducing and ultimately eliminating the stratification and inequality that exists in society and as a result has research interests in: Race and Education, Religion and Social Movements, & Women and Gender Studies.

Alsanea, Faisal Abdulwahed

Graduate Assistance

I am Faisal Alsanea M.A student at the department of Sociology. I am from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I earned my Bachelor degree at King Saud University at the end of 2011. I worked as an assistance teacher at the department of Sociology. My research interests are women and family, crime and Saudi society.

Aly, Rasha H

Executive Staff Assistant (NE)

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Rasha Aly graduated from Ohio State University with her bachelor’s degree.  She received her Master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in December 2011.  Presently, she is also working on her doctoral degree in sociology, also from the University of Cincinnati.  Her interests include domestic violence, criminology, victimology, Disney and pop culture.

Aziz, Hemin Khzir

Student Worker

Michael is a 6th year PhD student in Sociology.  His research interests include inequality faced by felons after their sentences have been served. In particular, he is looking at how felons deal with post-incarceration sanctions that affect them as they try to re-enter society and that impact their success versus recidivism. His qualitative research includes following offenders as they are released from prison and transition back into society. Through this research, he hopes to contribute to policy recommendations that might increase the effectiveness of transitional programs and policies regarding the effectiveness of post-incarceration sanctions.

Bommaraju, Aalap

Graduate Assistant

I am PhD student in sociology at the University of Cincinnati where I focus on race, class, and gender inequality in US reproductive health governance. From 2012 to 2017, I worked as a data coordinator for a system of community-based health centers that provide federally subsidized reproductive health care to low-income folks in the city of Cincinnati. Right now, I work as a co-investigator for an initiative to evaluate the effects of Ohio's sexual and reproductive health policy on a number of health outcomes. By standing at the intersection of a diverse array of disciplines (public health, sociology, and critical race theory), I hope to produce feminist research that can inform the efforts of policy-makers and advocates across ideological positions.

My pronouns are they, them, and theirs. But it's okay if you use he, him, and his too.

Research Interests:
Sociology of reproduction; medical sociology; racial & ethnic minorities; race, gender, and class; body and embodiment.
Quantitative methods (regression, multi-level modeling) and expertise in data analysis software packages (SAS, SPSS, Stata, R).
Qualitative methods (interviews, participant observation, document analysis) and expertise in data analysis software packages (NVivo, Atlas.ti).
Familiarity with data structure and representation in geographical information systems (ArcGIS).

Broscoe, Molly Rose

Graduate Assistant

Ayesha is a third year doctoral student at UC. She received her LLM in socio-legal studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) in 2012, and her LLB from the University of London (2009). Her LLM thesis titled 'Women's Sexual Autonomy:A Comparative Study of the Laws on Abortion and Marital Rape in Sri Lanka and England' examined the development and operation of these laws in their respective cultural contexts from a human rights perspective. 

Catalbas, Adem Ustin

Student Worker

Chapman, Kelli R.


Kelli Chapman is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. Her dissertation, "Dating In and Out of the Closet: Negotiating Intimate Relationships as an LGBTQ Teenager" is a study of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer teenagers navigate dating and forming romantic relationships. Her research and teaching interests include sexualities, sex and gender, children and youth, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and qualitative methods. ​

Connelly, Chloe Anna

Student Worker

Chloe Connelly is a master's student in sociology at the University of Cincinnati

Daniels, Darryl

Sr Academic Adviser

810 D Old Chemistry Building



Daniels, Kalasia S

Graduate Student

Kalasia S. Daniels is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in the Department of Sociology.   She completed her B.A. in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) in Lancaster, PA and her M.A in Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, NY.  Her research interests include: education, stratification, classical sociological theory, sociology of race, W.E.B Dubois and the Atlanta Sociology Laboratory and status attainment. 

Dawson, Harold

Instructor - Adj



Harold earned his Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Marshall University. He graduated again from Marshall with a Master’s degree in Sociology, focusing his thesis research on the way in which critical social theories could be applied to Hollywood disaster films. Harold has earned his doctoral candidacy from the University of Cincinnati with a specialization in cultural sociology.  He is currently working on a doctoral dissertation that will explore the complexities of  televised news' visual reproduction of disaster.

Harold has presented his work at gatherings of the North Central Sociological Association. His current research interests include media, popular culture, social movements, sociological theory, and social stratification.

My dissertation research uses the National Corrections Reporting Program, a restricted dataset from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and data from multiple county- and state- level sources, to examine racial and ethnic disparities in prison admissions and in sentence lengths. I explore three broad theoretical frameworks, in addition to differences in offending rates: racial threat, economic inequality, and the political and legal climate. I employ hierarchical linear modeling techniques to examine the role of both county- and state- level contextual factors in producing racial inequality in both sentencing outcomes. The Kunz Center for Social Research at the University of Cincinnati awarded me with a grant in support of this research.
Overall, I argue that differences in offending rates between Blacks and Whites and Latinos and Whites cannot fully account for the differences in sentencing outcomes. Indeed, my results suggest that racial threat, class inequality, and the law and political climate, both at the county- and state-level, all play important roles in determining the wide variability in sentencing disparities across U.S. counties. This research is significant because, by focusing on county-level outcomes and several different explanatory frameworks, it provides a more nuanced understanding of how racial and ethnic minorities continue to be overrepresented in prisons, even when controlling for differences in offending and arrest.

Deborah Felker received her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati in June 2010 and her B.S. in Sociology at Northern Kentucky University in May 2008. She is currently working on her dissertation, which she expects to finish July 2014. Her broad research interests include sociology of gender, sociology of law, political sociology, global sociology, critical criminology and social justice.


Her dissertation is a comparative analysis of the extent to which women’s organizations made advances toward changing laws and cultural practices regarding gender-based violence after the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It integrates critical feminist framework with structuration theory to examine these institutional changes using both quantitative and qualitative content analysis.


Gaver, Jeffrey Blair

Graduate Assistant

Gish, Kathleen

Graduate Assistant

Kathleen Gish began her career at Sinclair Community College as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option student in 1998.  From there, she pursued a Bachelor's Degree at Wright State University, from which she earned a BA in 2004.   From 2005-2007 she attended University of Kentucky, and earned her MA in 2010.  Beginning in 2007, Kathleen was an instructor at Sinclair Community College.  She has taught Introduction to Sociology, Cultural Diversity, Social Problems, Race & Ethnicity, and the Sociology of Popular Culture with an emphasis on Gastronomy.   She began the PhD. program  at University of Cincinnati in the Fall of 2013.  Her research interests include inequalities, political sociology, social movements, and the sociology of food. 

Green, Aaryn L

PhD Candidate and Graduate Assistant

Aaryn L. Green is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. She is a former Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow. She completed both her Bachelors (2009) and Masters (2012) degrees in sociology at UC as well. Her primary area of focus is race/ethnicity and various aspects of popular culture.  Aaryn's Masters thesis was a qualitative study investigating racial/ethnic stand-up comedy in the interpretation and understanding of racial discourse, tensions, and stereotypes. Her dissertation and future research centers on the representation of race and race relations within and through American popular culture in the colorblind age.  She has assisted in and instructed various courses including: Introduction to Sociology I & II, Classical Sociological Theory, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Health and Illness, Contemporary Social Problems, as well as Media and Society.  Aaryn is currently the secretary for the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and has served a full term as the Co-President of the Sociology Graduate Student Lyceum (2010-2011). She has won various campus awards and recgonitions such as: Graduate Student Award of Execellence (2016), Graduate Student Campus Leader Award (2017), and the Student Activism and Service Award (2017), 2017 Black Girls Rock Honoree.

Grigsby, Alan V

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate. My dissertation research uses an ethnographic approach to investigate social life in one racially diverse suburb of Cleveland, OH: Shaker Heights. I investigate how the black people who occupy this space—as residents, employees, and visitors—think about, describe, and participate in social life in a diverse suburb. This information will help us better understand dynamics of race relations in a context that is both seldom explored and growing in demographic importance.

Holly is excited to be in the begining phases of the dissertation process. Her interests are in forms of intersecting inequalities, with a focus on social class and processes of identity and culture in social mobility. Holly received her MA in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her BA in Sociology from Morehead State University with a minor in Women’s Studies.  Holly loves teaching and has taught independently for going on four years now with such classes as Contemporary Social Issues, Introduction to Sociology, Youth and Society, and one of her favorites, People in Disasters. She looks forward to continuing to learn how to be better teacher and share her passion of sociology with as many people as she can. Holly also has two co-authored publications from her undergraduate research project which explore the factors in students' lives that contribute to beliefs in rape myths. For her MA thesis she interviewed women graduate students on their classed, gendered, and raced experiences in graduate school and hopes to continue exploring the lived experiences of inequality.

Heymann, Orlaith

Graduate Assistant

I am a second-year doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a MA in applied sociology and have published my master’s thesis titled, “The Disadvantage of a Sex-Segregated Labor Market: Sex Composition and the Availability of Work-Family Benefits,” in the Journal of Family Studies. My primary research interest includes sociological investigation of sex education programs and the gendered discourses they promote. While studying I hope to gain additional research experience, publish, and continue to teach at the college level. Ultimately, I hope to secure a teaching position after graduation.
Interests: gender, sex education, sexualities, formal versus informal curriculums

Hunt, Andrea M

Asst Professor - Adj




Andrea Hunt received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her research and teaching interests include:  Race and Ethnicity, Social Class, Inequality, and Public Opinion.  Her Master`s Thesis investigated the influence of economic and cultural factors on Americans` attitudes toward immigration.  Her dissertation will examine Americans` attitudes about inequality.
Mario Ignatov is a PhD student in Sociology. He obtained a Master’s degree in Turkic Studies from Sofia University, earned a Swiss DEA in European Studies from Geneva University and an M.A. in Political Science accompanied by a Graduate Certificate in Public Opinion and Survey Research from the University of Cincinnati.
Mario’s research interests include mesosociology, urban and health policies, social exclusion, migration, discrimination and quantitative analysis of secondary data. He presented professional papers at AAPOR’s 66th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ and WPSA’s 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
Mario also brings expertise in survey questionnaire design, cognitive interviewing and consumer marketing.

Johns-Wolfe, Elaina

Graduate Assistant

Krasno, Jennifer R

Graduate Assistant

Jennifer Rowe Krasno is currently working on her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Sociology.  She earned her MA in Anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2002, and her BA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1999.  Her research interests include body image of women and girls and how it is shaped through popular culture.  Her undergraduate research included western lowland gorilla behavior and she presented her findings on sun avoidance behavior to the American Primatology Association in 1999. 

Kreider, Gara L

Graduate Assistant

I am a second year PhD student in the Sociology Department. Previously, I received an MA from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in Sociology with a concentration in Family and Gender. I am also an adjunct instructor of Sociology courses at Ivy Tech Community College And Gateway Community and Technical College. My areas of interest center around Family and Gender, but I am interested in collaborative efforts with all areas of concentration in Sociology.

Ainsley Lambert is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Morehead State University in 2009 and her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati in 2013. Drawing on social and cultural capital theories, her MA thesis examines the complex process in which both family and school-based factors influence the enrollment decisions of college-age youth. Expanding her research on processes that (re)produce (in)equality, her dissertation research examines the performance of racial identities in interracial/interethnic partnerships across changing racial contexts. Broadly, her research interests include the sociology of the family, critical race theory, racial/ethnic inequality, race in interaction, identity processes, and racial microaggressions.

Ainsley is also committed to applying her research expertise to create a more diverse and inclusive campus climate at the University of Cincinnati in which all students, staff, and faculty are able to thrive. She has served as a member of the A&S Diversity and Inclusion Council for three years and has worked on multiple committees charged with making A&S and the university at large a more equitable institution. As a three-time recipient of the Norris Johnson Teaching Fellowship, Ainsley has carried this charge into the classroom by focusing her efforts on creating an inclusive environment where the perspectives of all students are welcome, but particularly those of marginalized groups whose voices are often silenced. By bringing marginalized and diverse perspectives to the forefront, all students are challenged to think more critically about the social world and the lives we lead within it.

Ainsley Lambert CV

Lawal, Abiola Khadija

Student Worker

Morris, Autumn R



Autumn Morris received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2001.  She received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH in 2002.  She is a first year Ph.D. student. Her current research interests include life course trajectories of children of single parents, criminology, education, and quantitative statistics.

Murawsky, Stef

Graduate Assistant

Fourth year Ph.D. student in Sociology. MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2013) from the University of Cincinnati. Research areas: medical sociology, gender, sexuality, embodiment, transgender studies, feminism, queer theory, critical race theory.

Oakley, Samuel Edward

Graduate Assistant

Odum, Tamika C.

Asst Professor




Okay, Sevsem

Graduate Assistant

Park, C. James

Instructor - Adj



James received is BA from Albright College in Criminology and Political Science. He received his MA in Sociology from University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in political sociology, deviance and social control, criminology, culture and immigration.
Kyle Shupe is a PhD student in Sociology. He holds a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University with minors in Sexuality Studies and Political Science.

Kyle’s research interests are in queer and feminist theories, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of desire. His work primarily focuses on the social construction of desirability in queer men's communities.

Kyle is currently the Graduate Assistant of Education & Outreach in the UC Women's Center. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading good books and watching bad TV.

Sloss, Chad Jamison

Graduate Assistant

Chad J. Sloss is a second year doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his B.A in Sociology, Psychology, and Cultural Anthropology from Antioch College and a M.A in Conflict Egagement and Management form McGregor Midwest. Interests: Sociology of Education, Stratification (race, class and gender), Urban Inequality, Popular Culture and Conflict Engagement.
Teaching Experience: Intro to Sociology, Intro to Inequality, Social Problems, Popular Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Managing Race and Racism, Interpersonal Conflict and Intercultural Conflict.

Spiker, Russell

Graduate Assistant



I am a sixth year doctoral student of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. My research focuses broadly on how social inequality affects health among sexual minorities in the United States. I am currently working on several projects related to this area, including investigations of self-rated health across socioeconomic status and sexual composition in cohabiting couples, and the population prevalence of activity limitations, poor general health, and psychological distress among gay and lesbian identified people by marital status.

My dissertation investigates the role of sexual minority status and gender in driving couple health. One major problem with research on couple health is that it heavily focuses on heterosexual, married couples and rarely engages heavily with gender or sexuality theory; my research corrects the heteronormativity of that field by investigating how the mechanisms of couple health identified in that body of research apply to sexual minority populations, and what the combination of the two fields can tell us about the social factors that drive population health disadvantages for sexual minorities.
Elizabeth M. Sweeney is currently pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Cincinnati, having earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology at UC in December of 2009.  Her research interests include the fields of science, knowledge, and technology; medicine, the political landscape of the U.S. and other nations; and inequality.   Her master’s thesis, entitled, “Defining Reality:  How Biomedical Researchers Determine the Existence of Pain,” focused on the reductionistic and objectivist methods characteristic of the biomedical approach to measuring pain.  Elizabeth's dissertation work expands upon this foundation to examine the moral complexities of treating chronic pain. 

Vines, Marcus Christopher

Instructor - Adj



Marcus Vines received his BA in sociology from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include gender, specifically masculinity, popular culture, sociology of the body, race, and class.
Curtis Webb is a Fifth year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Webb received his B,A. in Sociology from Morehouse College, in Atlanta Georgia, in 2013 and his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves as the Graduate Assistant and Project Coordinator for The Cincinnati Project. He plans to immerse himself in research, and theory development that will help to inform his work for his Doctoral degree. His current research interests include race, resistance, and exploring how the socialization process differs for individuals based on the intersection of their identities. Webb’s recent thesis research focuses on how parents’ from different backgrounds justify their children’s involvement in extra-curricular activities, and why this is an important part of the socialization process for these parents. He hopes to develop a plan to study systematically, the everyday forms of resistance African Americans perform in response to their position in the United States racial hierarchy.

Zhang, Hongying

Graduate Assistant