Recent PhD Graduates

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Jennifer Carter (Fall 2014)
Dissertation:  Let's Bang": Constructing, Reinforcing, and Embodying Orthodox Masculinity in Women's Full Contact, Tackle Football"
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University-Hamilton

Jeffrey Asher (Fall 2014)
Dissertation: Dirty Work and Courtesy Stigma: Stigma Management Techniques among Professionals who Work with Juvenile Sex Offenders
Current position: Juvenile Justice Administration

Aaron Howell (Fall 2014)
Dissertation: All in the Family: Residential Outcomes and Family Proximity
Committee: Jeffery Timberlake (Chair), Jennifer Malat, Ervin (Maliq) Matthew
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Farmingdale State College, NY.

Joe Michael (Summer 2014)
Dissertation: Determinants and Effects of Student Involvement at Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States
Committee: Jeffrey Timberlake (Chair), Jennifer Malat, Littisha Bates
Current position: Senior Consultant, Deloitte, VA

Amy Grau (Fall 2013)
Dissertation: The Epitome of Bad Parents: Construction of Good and Bad Parenting, Mothering, and Fathering in Cases of Maternal and Paternal Filicide
Committee: Annulla Linders (Chair), Jeffrey Timberlake, and Erynn Casanova Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Eastern New Mexico University, NM

Julie Stewart (Summer 2013)
Dissertation: Colorblind Commercials: Depictions of Interracial Relationships in Television  Advertising
Committee: Jeffrey Timberlake (Chair), Erynn Casanova, and Annulla Linders 

Mark Killian (Summer 2013)
Dissertation: Everything in Common: The Strength and Vitality of Two Christian Intentional Communities
Committee: Steve Carlton-Ford (Chair), Jeffrey Timberlake, and Erynn Casanova
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Whitworth University, WA 

Rebecca Reeder (Spring 2013)
Dissertation: A New Approach to the Study of the Relationship of Minority Majority  Group Status on Health Disparities: How Social Positions Affect Preterm Births
Committee: David Maume (Chair), Neal Ritchey, and Jeffrey Timberlake
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at IPFW

Ying Ma (2012)
Dissertation: The Acquisition and Maintenance of Ethnic Languages among Second-Generation Immigrant Children
Committee: Steve Carlton-Ford (Chair), Jeffrey Timberlake, Littisha Bates
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Austin Peay University, TN

Bastas, Hara (2011)
Dissertation: Girls' Rights: An Insight into the United Nations from 1995-2010
Committee: Steve Carlton-Ford (Chair), Paula Dubeck, and Annulla Linders
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, La Guardia Community College, NY

Vicky Dryfhout-Ferguson (2010)
Dissertation: Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes
Committee: Jeffrey Timberlake (Chair), Jennifer Malat, Magda Szaflarski

Ahoo Tabatabai (2010)
Dissertation: Vanishing Act: Doing Non-straight Identity in Heterosexual Relationships
Committee: Annulla Linders (Chair), Rhys Williams, Steve Carlton-Ford, Erynn
Casanova
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia College, St. Louis, MO

Lisa Fisher (2010)
Dissertation: Flexible Work Arrangements in Context: How Identity, Place & Process Shape Approaches to Flexibility
Committee: Paula Dubeck (Chair), Rhys Williams, David Maume
Current position: Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Research, Bowling Green State University Firelands

Michael Wehrman (2009)
Dissertation: Returning to Crime: Individual and Community Effects on Recidivism
Committee: David Maume (Chair), Jeffrey Timberlake, Francis Cullen, Paula Dubeck
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cabrini College, PA.

Pamela Dooley (2009)
Dissertation: Examining individual and neighborhood-level risk factors for delivering Preterm
Committee: Neal Ritchey (Chair), Jennifer Malat, Jeffrey Timberlake, Paula Dubeck
Current position: Senior Analyst, Health Care, United States Government Accountability Office

Rex Ace Caswell (2008)
Dissertation: Gender and Work Reactions in a Sales Occupation: A Test of Three Models
Committee: Paula Dubeck (Chair), David Maume, Francis Cullen, Jennifer Malat
Current Position: Vice President, Lexis/Nexis

Jaita Talukdar (2008)
Dissertation: A Sociological Study of the Culture of Fasting and Dieting of Women in Urban India
Committee: Annulla Linders (Chair), Kelly Moore, Rhys Williams, David Maume
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loyola University, New Orleans

Ann Hamill (2008)
Dissertation: Two Moral Universes: The Social Problem of the Idiots from 1845 to 1855 and Mentally Retarded Sons and Daughters from 1945 to 1955
Committee: Linders (Chair), Paula Dubeck, Rhys Williams, David Lundgren

David Purcell (2007)
Dissertation: Race, Gender, and Class at Work: Examining Cultural Capital and Inequality in a Corporate Workplace
Committee: Jennifer Malat (Chair), Rhys Williams, David Maume, Annulla Linders
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kent State University

Leslie Elrod (2007)
Dissertation: From Fat to Fabulous: Adolescent Obesity, Self-Esteem, and Coping Mechanisms
Committee: Annulla Linders (Chair), Steve Carlton-Ford, David Lundgren, Paula Dubeck
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash.

Ryan Cragun (2007)
Dissertation: A Role Conflict Theory of Religious Change: An Explanation and Test
Committee: Rhys Williams (Chair), Steve Carlton-Ford, Neal Ritchey, David Maume
Current position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Tampa, FL.

Alana Van Gundy-Yoder (2007)
Dissertation: Gender, Parental Attachment, and Delinquency: Revisiting Hirschi's Social Bond Theory
Committee: David Maume (Chair), Paula Dubeck, Francis Cullen, Jeffrey Timberlake
Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Miami University – Hamilton