Faculty, Staff & Students

Tenure-Track Faculty

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Littisha Bates

Associate Professor (PhD, Arizona State University), Sociology



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

Littisha Bates CV
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Danielle Bessett

Professor (PhD, New York University), Sociology

1022 Crosley Tower


Danielle Bessett is Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty affiliate at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she teaches courses on medicine, family, and reproduction. She contributes to the Medical Scientist Training Program in UC's College of Medicine and is Director of the Kunz Center for Social Research. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her Master’ degree and Ph.D. from New York University and held the prestigious Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2008-2010.

Bessett's current research projects examine patient experiences of abortion care and disparities in contraceptive access, prenatal care, and infant mortality. Bessett co-leads OPEN, the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, which conducts rigorous, interdisciplinary research to assess the reproductive health and well-being of Ohioans in the context of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies. Her research has also been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other funders, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Women's Health Issues. Bessett's monograph on women's pregnancy experiences, Pregnant with Possibilities: Constructing Normality in Stratified Reproduction, is under contract with New York University Press, and her co-edited volume, Ohio Under Covid, is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press. 

Bessett is a past board member of the academic Society of Family Planning, where she led the Junior Fellows Committee, and recently concluded her term as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Medical Sociology section. She received the 2004 Dr. Mary P. Dole Medical Fellowship from the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association; the 2007 Rose Laub Coser Best Dissertation Proposal in Family or Gender Studies from the Eastern Sociological Society; the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award; the 2021 Society of Family Planning's Mentor Award; and UC's 2021 Faculty Excellence Award from Office of the Provost and Office of Research. She is most proud of her student-initiated honors, including the 2012 “Professor Funnybone” award for funniest Sociology professor and the 2017 UC Women's Center Woman of the Year award for mentoring.

When Bessett is not working, you may find her hiking, knitting, traveling, reading, and/or spending time with friends. An ice cream aficionado, Bessett enthusiastically dances to 80's music and tries to prevent her three mischievous cats from burning through all of their nine lives.

Danielle Bessett CV
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Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Asst Professor, Sociology

Crosley Tower


Black Feminism; Sociology of Sport; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Food Studies; Critical Race Feminism; Qualitative Methods 
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Steve L Carlton-Ford

Professor (PhD, University of Minnesota), Sociology

1009 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
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Erynn Masi de Casanova

Professor of Sociology & Head of the Sociology Department, (PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center) , Sociology

1017 Crosley Tower


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

Erynn Masi de Casanova CV

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Annulla Linders

Co-Editor of Social Problems (with Earl Wright II and Derrick Brooms), Associate Professor (PhD, SUNY Stony Brook), Sociology

1001 Crosley Tower


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

Annulla Linders CV
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Oneya Fennell Okuwobi

Asst Professor, Sociology

Crosley Tower


I am a critical diversity scholar with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods. I theoretically examine how organizational processes reproduce inequality with a substantive focus on people of color involved in diverse groups, organizations, and institutions.
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Jeffrey M. Timberlake

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

1004 Crosley Tower


Jeffrey M. Timberlake is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in the sociology of population, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, and quantitative research methods. Recent projects include analyses of racial and ethnic residential segregation, housing discrimination in American cities, exposure of children to neighborhood poverty and violence, and urban demographic change from 1970 to 2020.

Jeff Timberlake CV

Educator Faculty

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Katherine Castiello Jones

Undergraduate Program Director (PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Sociology , Sociology

1003 Crosley Tower


Dr. Castiello Jones' research focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture. Her current research projects examine abstinence promotion in the US, and movements (re)claiming sexuality after experiences with purity culture. They also write extensively on topics related to games and game design including sexuality in games, inclusive design, and integrating feminist theories of play into game design scholarship. 
In addition to their research, they been writing table-top and live-action role-playing games (larps) for over a decade. Dr. Castiello Jones' games have been featured at festivals such as Indiecade and BlackBox Copenhagen, and she was an invited guest at The Smoke festival in London in 2020. 

Visiting Faculty

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Allison Scott Pruitt

Professor, Sociology


Adjunct Faculty

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Amy Cassedy

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

1023 Crosley Tower


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Harold F Dawson

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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.

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C. James Park

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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.
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Marcus Christopher Vines

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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

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Anima Adjepong

Assoc Professor, Sociology

3302 French Hall


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Michael L. Benson

Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Associate, Sociology

660P Teachers College


Michael L. Benson received his PhD in sociology from the University of Illinois in 1982. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a former President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium of the National White-Collar Crime Research Center.  In 2017, he received the Gilbert Geis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division on White-Collar and Corporate Crime of the American Society of Criminology.  He has published extensively on white-collar and corporate crime in leading journals, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Problems.  His book, Combating Corporate Crime: Local Prosecutors at Work was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency.  In 2016, he co-edited The Oxford Handbook on White-Collar Crime with Shanna R. Van Slyke and Francis T. Cullen.  The 3rd edition of his book, White-Collar Crime: An Opportunity Perspective, co-authored with Sally S. Simpson will be published in 2018. He has also authored two editions of Life-Course Criminology: An Introduction. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and private research foundations. 
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Francis T. Cullen

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus , Sociology

660-O Teachers College


Professor Cullen received his Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University in 1979.  He is a past President and Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  He was the recipient of the 2010 ASC Edwin H. Sutherland Award. From 2010 to 2014, he served on the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has published more than 300 works in the areas of criminological theory, correctional policy, white-collar crime, public opinion about crime and justice, victimology, and the organization of knowledge.  His most notable books include Reaffirming Rehabilitation, Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory, Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond, and Unsafe in the Ivory Tower: The Sexual Victimization of College Women.  He has authored widely used texts, such as Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, Criminological Theory: Past to Present—Essential Readings, and Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences.  His most recent works include Communities and Crime: An Enduring American Challenge and Environmental Corrections: A New Paradigm for Supervising Offenders in the Community.  In the graduate program, he continues to teach Structural Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice Research Practicum.
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Ashley M Currier

Professor, Department Head of , Sociology

3428E French Hall


Ashley Currier is a sociologist who studies lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizing in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa. 

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Ben H. Feldmeyer

Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology

660-R Teachers College


Professor Feldmeyer received his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from The Ohio State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Penn State University in 2007.  His research focuses on criminal behavior and criminal sentencing across demographic groups, social class, and social context.  His work pays particular attention to the effects of structural conditions on violent offending across race/ethnicity and addresses such questions as:  (1) What effect (if any) does immigration have on community levels of crime, and do these relationships vary across different social contexts and demographic groups?  (2) How do factors like racial/ethnic segregation and concentrated disadvantage shape community levels of crime, and are these effects similar for Black, White, and Latino populations?  (3) Have race/ethnic, gender, and age gaps in crime changed over time, and to what degree are these trends due to changes in enforcement versus changes in large-scale social forces?  (4) How are racial/ethnic disparities in sentencing outcomes influenced by community context?  His recent work has appeared in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, The Sociological Quarterly, Population Research and Policy Review, and Homicide Studies
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Jan Marie Fritz

Professor, Sociology

6213 DAA Addition


Dr. Jan Marie Fritz is a Professor in the School of Planning (and affiliated with the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Sociology) at the University of Cincinnati as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has received many awards including the DAAP College Award (University of Cincinnati) for Outstanding Research and Creative Work, the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, the Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award for a distinguished career in mediation and awards from the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology and the practice division of the American Sociological Association.  She is a past Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), the lead representative of the ISA to the United Nations and a member of the ISA Executive Committee.  She was  the founder and convener of the Cincinnati for CEDAW Community Coalition (CCCC) that led to a Gender Study of Cincinnati's city administration and the establishment of the Mayor of Cincinnati's Gender Equality Task Force.  She was appointed by the Mayor to be a member of the Task Force.  She also was appointed by the director of the US Environmental Protection Agency to be member of two US EPA advisory councils.  She currently is a member of NEJAC - the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  She has written or edited more than 130 publications including the award-winning International Clinical Sociology, “Special Education Mediation in the United States,”  “Women, Peace, Security and the National Action Plans, “Addressing Environmental Racism,”  “Including Sociological Practice” inThe Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century, “Practicing Sociology: Clinical Sociology and Human Rights,” Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum, (with Jacques Rhéaume) the award-winning Community Intervention: Clinical Sociology Perspectives and (with Tina Uys) Clinical Sociology for Southern Africa.  She edits Springer's Clinical Sociology book series.
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Amy C Lind

Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair / Mary Ellen Heintz Professor, Sociology

1100 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently serving as UC's Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair. Prior to this, she served as Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from August 2015 through December 2018 and as Graduate Director for four previous years. In 2017-2018, she also served as Provost Fellow, in which capacity she oversaw assessment and reaccreditation in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds faculty affiliations in Sociology, Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures, the Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies Program, and the School of Planning/DAAP.

Dr. Lind's areas of scholarship and teaching include urban studies, global political economy, development and postcolonial studies, Global South/transnational social movements, feminist and queer theory, and studies of neoliberal governance. A qualitative researcher with great interest in people's stories of survival and resistance, she has lived, worked and conducted research in Latin America for over four years, including in Euador, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela. She is the author of Gendered Paradoxes: Women’s Movements, State Restructuring, and Global Development in Ecuador (Penn State University Press, 2005), and editor of four volumes, including Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance (Routledge, 2010) and Feminist (Im)mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenships and Identities in Transnational Perspective (Ashgate Publishing, 2013, co-edited with Anne Sisson Runyan, Patricia McDermott and Marianne Marchand). Her new book, Constituting the Left Turn: Resignifying Nation, Economy and Family in Postneoliberal Ecuador (with Christine Keating), addresses the cultural, economic, and affective politics of Ecuador's postneoliberal Citizen Revolution. She has held distinguished visiting professor positions in Ecuador, Bolivia and Switzerland and has delivered over fifty invited lectures at institutions around the world.

See her UC Taft Research Center Foreign Correspondent interview here
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Hexuan Liu

Assoc Professor, Sociology

650E Teachers College


Professor Liu received his Ph.D in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on (1) the integration of social science with biology and genomics to understand the complex mechanisms underlying criminal behavior, and social and health outcomes, and (2) quantitative methodology, particularly statistical and computational methods analyzing big data. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Demography, the Journal of Marriage and Family, the American Journal of Public Health, and PLoS One.  He teaches in the area of statistics.
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Holly Y McGee

Associate Professor, Sociology



Hailing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Holly Y. McGee specializes in U.S. History and African American History, with an emphasis on black women’s activist and intellectual history, comparative political activism in the United States and South Africa, and popular culture in the twentieth century.  Secondary specialties include local histories of the American South, South African women’s history, and oral histories.  Currently, Dr. McGee teaches undergraduate courses in black history and film, culture and counterculture, and African American history in early and colonial America.

Presently, Dr. McGee is conducting research for her book, a biographical oral history of South African activist Elizabeth Mafeking.  Mafeking was one of four women featured in Dr. McGee's dissertation, “When the Window Closed: Gender, Race, and (Inter)Nationalism, the United States and South Africa, 1920s-1960s,” which put into conversation existent and new scholarship regarding black radical women of the Left in the United States and South Africa during the twentieth century and was primarily concerned with the evolution of women’s protest from localized issues of race-based discrimination to international, anti-colonial protests of the era. 

Dr. McGee’s most recent publication credit, “‘It was the wrong time and they just weren’t ready’: Direct-action protest at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (AM&N),” appeared as a reprint in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, an edited collection on SNCC’s pivotal role in transforming the status of racial discrimination in Arkansas in the 1960s.  Additionally, she has forthcoming articles in the fields of local Arkansas history, and South African women's history.
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Peter Rehberg

Assoc Professor - Visiting, Sociology

741 Old Chemistry Building


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Leila Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Sociology

450 Braunstein Hall


Affiliate faculty, Department of Africana Studies
Affiliate faculty, Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures
Affiliate faculty, Department of Sociology
Affiliate faculty, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies
Collaborator, Central American Population Center (University of Costa Rica)

I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer whose research centers on the local integration dynamics of migrants. A second line of research examines the use of culture as judicial evidence – in the form of anthropological expert testimony – in legal conflicts that involve immigrants and refugees. 

Regional interests: Central America, Latin America, U.S.


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Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama

Associate Professor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Sociology

3314 French Hall


Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama practiced law in Colombia for five years before migrating to Canada in her late 20s.  Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama earned her LLM in international human rights law at the University of Ottawa, where she also worked at the Human Rights Research and Education Center co-directing a women's project with CEMUJER in El Salvador (Central America) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  In 2004, she graduated with her Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, where she was also affiliated to CERLAC, The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University.

On the basis of extensive fieldwork in Colombia, her research and publications examine the contradictions between neoliberal international trade and military aid on the one hand, and respect for individual and collective human rights –in particular labor, environmental, and equality rights for women and racial minorities—on the other hand. These relationships and contradictions are examined through case studies where both trade and human rights laws and practices are in operation: first, the Colombian export-led flower industry. Her upcoming book (2012) is provisionally titled “No Roses Without Thorns: Trade, Militarization, and Human Rights in the Production and Export of Colombian Flowers” (click here to see book prospectus). Second, though the case of NAFTA and undocumented migration of Mexican and Central American into the USA.

Dr. Sanmiguel -Valderrama have published various articles in prestigious international academic journals presenting her research findings on the interrelationship between globalization, international trade, militarism, social reproduction, and human rights from multidisciplinary and transnational anti-racist feminist approaches. Her research have been supported by competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council. Professor's Sanmiguel-Valderrama current areas of research and teaching are family-work conflict under globalization, the relationships between military aid, trade, and human rights in Colombia, feminist mothering, women, gender and law, international women's rights, and women's labor rights.

Emeriti Faculty

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Jan L. Bending

Professor Emerita, Sociology

Jan Bending is a Field Service Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Cincinnati. Her specialization is in the area of applied and clinical sociology, sociology of rehablitation, and substance abuse.
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Paula J Dubeck

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Having received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Paula teaches courses about complex organizations, barriers to equality, and professional women. Her areas of research include women in professions; women in organizations and politics; and women and work. A reviewer for several professional journals and granting agencies, Professor Dubeck is coeditor of Women and Work: A Handbook, (Garland Publishing, 1996) which was also published in paperback by Rutgers University Press (1997). Her past publications include "Women and Access to Political Office" and "Recruitment of Industrial Management Personnel: Indicators of Sexism." Former president of the Association for Women Faculty, she has served on numerous committees in the Center for Women's Studies.
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T. David Evans

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

I am a member of the faculty in the Department of Sociology, University of Cincinnati where I teach introduction to sociology, deviance and social control, criminology, and sociology of law classes.  My previous teaching areas include introduction to criminal justice; white collar and corporate crime; media and crime: and criminal courts.  Research areas include white collar crime, socilogy of law, and criminological theory
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William E Feinberg

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

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Norris R Johnson

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

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David Cramer Lundgren

Professor Emeritus, Sociology


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David J Maume

Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Sociology

David J. Maume is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Graduate School, University of Cincinnati.  His teaching and research interests are in gender-work-family, and inequality.  

Dave Maume CV
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Daisy Quarm

Professor Emerita, Sociology, Sociology

Race; Class; Gender

Daisy Quarm CV
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Gerald S Reid

Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Sociology

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!”
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Phillip Neal Ritchey

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

I am a Sociologist with an extensive background in basic research and policy analysis.  I have extensive research and consulting experience and have taught methodology and statistics for over 3 decades.  I am very knowledge about programming and data management. I am knowledgeable about methodology (e.g., research designs, sampling, weighting of data with complex designs, and questionnaire construction); structural equation modeling (e.g., confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and combined structural equation measurement models); measurement (e.g., modeling based on classical measurement theory and item response theory); and specialized analytical procedures, including simulations, negative binomial and Poisson regression for skewed and truncated distributions, hazard or event history models, random effects modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, individual growth modeling, and path analysis combining OLS and regression coefficients based on non-OLS regression equations.  Additionally, I have an extensive background in research reporting and writing.

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Dana Vannoy

Professor Emeritus, Sociology


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Amanda Rose Hogeland

Business Manager A&S Staffing Unit 5, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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Nicole Marie Kaffenberger

Program Manager, Sociology

3428D French Hall


Graduate Students

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Nola Ann Almageni


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Cynthia Lynn Beavin

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Cynthia is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a BARSC degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017, focusing on global sexual and reproductive health and rights. Following graduation, they worked for the Guttmacher Institute as a research assistant, contributing to work on estimating global abortion and unintended pregnancy rates and qualitative analysis of barriers to SRH care for family planning patients in Iowa and Arizona. She currently serves as a research assistant within OPEN on the Abortion Clinic Closures and Care Churn project.

Their current research interests include medical sociology, sociology of reproduction, and sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, with focuses in abortion and unintended pregnancy. Cynthia has published in the Lancet Global Health, BMJ Global Health, BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, Contraception: X, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Undeserved, and Qualitative Resarch in Health. 
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Miracle-Eunice Bolorunduro

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Aalap Bommaraju

Instructor - Adj, Sociology



  • A nationally recognized researcher studying US abortion and contraception policy, Aalap Ooha Bommaraju (they/them) examines how activists challenge race, gender, and class-based inequalities in access to reproductive healthcare within healthcare organizations, health policy institutions, and the broader culture. 
Contact Major Research Projects:
  • Policy prioritization dynamics after the implementation of Illinois’ Public Act 100-0538. Funded by the Society of Family Planning Emerging Scholars Grant ($7,416/1 year). Role: Principal Investigator.
  • The meaning of victory in the politics of stratified reproduction: A social history of HB40. Funded by an anonymous foundation, ($191,675/4 years). Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Faculty Advisors: Danielle Bessett, PhD and Annulla Linders, PhD.
  • Ohio’s Safety-Net Contraceptive Providers. Funded by the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (~$100,000/3 years). Role: Project Lead. Faculty Advisors: Danielle Bessett, PhD and Sarah Hayford, PhD
  • Evaluating Interactional Dynamics in Reproductive Life Planning. Funded with multiple University of Cincinnati intramural grants ($3,500/2 years). Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Malat, PhD

Recent Journal Articles:
  • ​Jeyifo, Megan, Aalap Ooha Bommaraju, and Qudsiyyah Shariyf. 2023. “Chicago Abortion Fund: Shaping Change: 99 Steps Towards Justice.Portable Gray 6 (1): 70–95. https://doi.org/10.1086/725616
  • Zuniga, Carmela, Aalap Bommaraju, Lee Hasselbacher, Debra Stulberg, and Terri-Ann Thompson. 2022. “Provider and Community Stakeholder Perspectives of Expanding Medicaid Coverage of Abortion in Illinois.” BMC Health Services Research 22 (March): 413. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8960679/
  • Hasselbacher, Lee, Carmela Zuniga, Aalap Bommaraju, Terri-Ann Thompson, and Debra Stulberg. 2021. “Lessons Learned: Illinois Providers’ Perspectives on Implementation of Medicaid Coverage for Abortion.” Contraception 103 (6): 414–19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2021.02.008
  • Kim, Emily*, Sachika Singh*, Aalap Bommaraju, Alison H. Norris, and Danielle Bessett. 2021. “‘We Have to Respect That Option’: The Abortion Aversion Complex in Safety-Net Healthcare Organizations.” Social Science & Medicine 291 (December): 114468. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114468 *graduate student mentees at time of publication
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Sarah Elizabeth Bostic

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Sarah (They/Them) is a 3rd year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. They are a research assistant at the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN).

Sarah's research interests include Feminist and Sociological theoretical and qualitative approaches to social stratification and intersections of gender, race, class, and ability. They are interested in working-class processes of knowledge production and dissemination, and specifically who has authority over what is deemed "legitimate knowledge," how this impacts working-class experiences, and how this might function in the divide between white working-class people and the educated elite. They study the discursive ways in which working-class knowledge and experience are devalued as legitimate sources of knowledge. In their master’s thesis, Sarah argues that white working-class men are increasingly alienated from Progressive politics through classist and ableist rhetoric. Continuing this work, Sarah hopes to explore how White Christian Nationalism and the QAnon movement are implicated in white working-class knowledge production.

Sarah's secondary interests involve the body, fatness, disability, and queer studies, and how deviations from the able-bodied, heterosexual, normative body are regulated through biopolitical discourse.

Sarah Bostic's CV
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Jeremy Aaron Brenner-Levoy

Graduate Assistant , Sociology

Hello! My name is Jeremy Brenner-Levoy (they/them) and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati.

My research generally focuses on what I call "nerd culture," by looking at how social structures influence our preferences and experiences within video games, table-top games, cosplay, and other associated activities. I am especially interested in using mixed methods research to understand how individuals' experiences are grounded in the experiences of larger communities.

My dissertation, which I am currently working on, looks at how identity may structure our preferences within video games. Through this project I hope to understand how social structure may shape the way we view games, the games we play, and the roles within games that we prefer. Drawing on 4,500 survey responses and 60 interviews, I hope to illustrate the importance of social identity in our goals for play.

My thesis used a survey and interviews to understand how queer men experience, understand, address, and cope with harassment in online video games. My most recent published work focused on gender, identity, and body in cosplay (a portmanteau of costume and play). I have previoiusly worked as part of the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN), as well as individual research on queer identity formation and care work in video games. I am currently a Taft Dissertation Fellow.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading fantasy books, watching anime, playing video games, and caring for my many plants and cats. 
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Molly Rose Broscoe

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Molly Broscoe is a PhD Student in the sociology department with research interests in social movements, mass violence, gender, and race. She earned her MA from UC Sociology in 2021, her thesis was titled: 'Who’s the Alpha Male Now, Bitches’: Masculinity Narratives in Mass Murder Manifestos. She is currently developing her dissertation on how the anti-abortion movement uses public space. She has been published with colleagues in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the American Journal of Public Health, and the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. She is currently a teaching fellow at University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash. 
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Darryl Daniels

Sr Academic Advisor, Sociology

812G Rhodes Hall


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Mab Davoodifar

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Mab Davoodifar is a second year Ph.D. student in the department of sociology at University of Cincinnati. Her main research interests include medical sociology, immigrant women's reproductive decision-making, access to abortion and changes of fertility pattern. 
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Harold F Dawson

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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.

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Maralyn Doering

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Katharine Mary Durso

Asst Professor - Visiting, Sociology

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Kiki B. Higgins

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Kiki (he/they) is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the University of Cincinnati. They earned their Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a focus / minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY at the end of 2022. 

His current research interests deal with race, gender, sexuality in connection with dating and nonconventional relationships. 

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Anthonia Omotola Ishabiyi

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Isabella Jeavons

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Brianna Jenay Jones-Williams

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Shobha Pai Kansal

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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Annie Katherine McGhee

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Annie McGhee, MA is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati.  A native of Cincinnati, OH, Annie received her B.S. in Mathematics from Xavier University in 2019.   She has also received graduate certificates in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies and Film & Media Studies at U.C.. 

Her broad research interests include gender and sexualities, race, and cultural/media studies.  Her current projects focus on how audiences negotiate racialized and gendered representations of flapperhood in early Hollywood cinema and archival research on racial exclusion in predominantly White organizations.  

Her Master's Thesis examined how those who identify as LGBTQ negotiated their identities in sex education classes in private religiously-affiliated schools.

In her spare time, Annie enjoys reading, writing fiction and poetry, and running.

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Zoe Muzyczka

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Zoe Muzyczka (they/them) is a 3rd year PhD graduate student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Their research interests and future dissertation work focus particularly around medicalization of fatness and anti-fat attitudes in medical settings, the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class with anti-fat attitudes in society and within fat liberation movements, as well as fat embodiment in public spaces and media. During their first two years in the program, they were a graduate research assistant for the research consortium Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) where they worked with ongoing survey research projects regarding abortion patients experiences with care in Ohio. Now focusing on building their teaching pedagogy, they are a teaching assistant for Introduction of Sociology, and working on developing future courses related to their interest area of Fat Studies. In order to deepen their understanding of the inherent hetero-patriarchal, colonialisms underpinning the anti-Black attitudes that make up the core of anti-fat prejudice today, they are working on a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Transnational Feminism of Color, Black Feminisms, and Queer scholarship. Not forgetting their public health training, they (along with 3 colleagues and the local organization Transgender Advocacy Council) were recently awarded the 2021 CCTST Academic-Community Partnership Student Award for their work with the co-developed community survey research project aimed at assessing the needs of the Transgender community in Cincinnati. Follow them on twitter @ZMuzyczka.
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C. James Park

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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.
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Michael Lawrence Parrish

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Michael Parrish is a sixth year PhD candidate in the department of sociology.  He holds a B.A. in sociology from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in sociology from Florida State University.  His area of interests explores inequality in the areas of race, class and gender.  His primary area of interest examines post-secondary education with special emphasis on secondary to post-secondary matriculation with a focus on attaining a college degree. Moreover, Michael focuses on school-based activities that secondary students participate in as it relates to educational success, high school graduation and college matriculation for student from disadvantaged race and gendered backgrounds when compared to students from advantaged race and gendered populations.

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Martha Karinna Ramirez

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

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John William Roth

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

John William Roth is a PhD student in the department of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. As a sociologist, John's current research focuses on patient advocacy organizations and their role in developing better, more effective treatment for those living with chronic diseases. Mr. Roth is primarily a scholar of social movements, public engagement with the sciences, and public health/educational interventions. 
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Arti Sandhu

Associate Professor, Sociology

Aronoff Center


Arti Sandhu is currently an Associate Professor in the Fashion Program, in the School of Design at DAAP. Prior to this she taught at Columbia College Chicago and Massey University, New Zealand. Originally from India, she studied Fashion Design at N.I.F.T. (New Delhi) and received her Masters in Fashion and Textiles from Nottingham Trent University (U.K.).
Her research is centered on contemporary Indian fashion and related design culture. She is the author of Indian Fashion: Tradition, Innovation, Style (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). She has also published articles on dress and the Indian Diaspora in New Zealand, Indian Streetstyle, the contemporary Indian catwalk, and Indian drag queens. Arti is currently working on research projects relating to the growing discourse around decolonizing fashion studies, the role craft can play in fashioning sustainable design practices and overall well being, and a digital ethnography on social media saree groups.

In addition to her academic research, Arti's artworks, which explore identity and migration, have been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, the Netherlands, and India. In 2011 she curated the exhibition ZER0-Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned for the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery in Chicago featuring the groundbreaking work of designers and creatives working with sustainable fashion design strategies. Arti has also been the fashion contributor for Arts Illustrated magazine (Chennai) and occasionally writes for an online column for the digital fashion publication the Voice of Fashion.

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Kyle Neal Shupe

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. I hold 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.

I study queer men's sexual identities, communities, and practices as well as the social organization of desire. In my current work, I explore queer men's cruising strategies and the surveillance and regulation of public sex.

In my free time, I enjoy reading good books and watching bad TV.
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Anthony Jerome Stone

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Anthony Jerome Stone Jr. is a PhD student in the department of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Anthony holds a Master of Arts in sociology from The University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in Political Science, Pre-Law, where he focused his studies on race relations, history, and communications. As a sociologist, Anthony’s research focuses on Black studies, American Indian Studies, race, racial representations in the media, social psychology and identity formation, and racial rhetoric to name a few. In his dissertation, he examines how Black men (re)negotiate race, masculinity, and personhood with respect to the (Black) cinematic characters they consume.
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Kierra Nicole Toney

Graduate Assistant, Sociology

Kierra N. Toney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She is originally from Chattanooga, TN the eldest of her living siblings and a first-generation college student. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2017 and her Master of Arts from University of Cincinnati in 2022, both in Sociology. Her master’s thesis is a qualitative exploration of Black student’s sense-making of high school American History Curricula. Her research interests include: Race and Racism, Urban Communities, Education, and Black Epistemologies. She previously served as a research assistant for the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network and an assistant editor for the academic journal Social Problems. She is currently a Taft Dissertation fellow. Kierra identifies as a scholar-activist and hopes to use her research as tool to aid in equity and liberation for marginalized groups. 

You can learn more about Kierra by visiting her website, KierraNToney.com . 
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Marcus Christopher Vines

Instructor - Adjunct, Sociology

Crosley Tower


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.