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Ciera A Graham

Title: PhD Candidate

Ciera Graham received her B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 2008 and 2010 respectively.  She is originally from Seattle, Washington. She  is a fourth year doctoral student(ABD) and has passed both stages of  doctoral comprehensive exams, and will start work on her dissertation in the Fall of 2013. She will graduate April of 2015. Broadly, her research areas include: sociology of education,  families, and race and ethnicity.  Her dissertation work will be a qualitative study that focuses on how African American students at predominately white four year colleges perceive the black campus community(i. e. African American student campus organizations). She is exploring student's perceptions towards the perceived benefits of participating in these organizations at predominately white colleges, as well as looking at how these perceptions differ across gender, social class and campus type(urban vs. rural).  She hopes to continue work that focuses on how institutional  forms of social support impact the college experiences of socially disadvantaged groups. Ciera was recently awarded the Kuntz Center Graduate Research Award for her dissertation study. She also is a career counselor at the Career Development Center,  a Writing tutor with the Learning Assistance Center on campus, a past Vice President for the Black Graduate Student Association, and is the newly elected student representative for the Association of Black Sociologists. 
As a graduate student, Ciera has taught the following courses: Introduction to Sociology and Contemporary, Social Research Methods and Contemporary Social Problems and Urban Society. During the summer of 2013, Ciera also served as an instructor for the Upward Bound Program, a program geared towards preparing low income, first generation college students for a college education.
Lastly, Ciera is also very passionate about student affairs, and has planned and coordinated university wide panel discussions on the following topics/themes: "How do black female graduate students navigate graduate school?", and "the challenges of black male students at predominately white campuses." 


  • Master of Arts, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2010 (Counseling Psychology).
  • Bachelor of Arts, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2008 (Sociology with an emphasis in Family studies and Pre-Law).
  • Doctorate of Philosophy(in progress), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2015 (Sociology).

Research Information

Research Interests

Sociology of Education, Sociology of Race, College student involvement, Student Activities & Leadership, Student Affairs, Career Development, Diversity programming, Program development/management/evaluation, counseling,

Research Support

  • Taft Graduate Enrichment Award.
  • Taft Research Center Dissertation Fellowship. 17,500.
  • Kuntz center for Social Science Research, University of Cincinnati.

Additional Publications


  • Ciera Graham (2011). A New Look at Black Families Book Review (Rev. of A New Look at Black Families). Journal of African American Studies. (Author).

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Graham Ciera My experiences as a first generation college student University of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

  • Ciera Graham (08/15/2012). Black spaces at white Institutions: How do black students perceive the black campus community?. Association of Black Sociologists, Denver Colorado.
  • Ciera Graham (04/06/2013). Black Campus Community at predominately white rural and urban colleges. Northern Regional Sociological Association, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Ciera Graham (04/10/2014). How black men and women perceive and utilize black student campus organizations?. North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati.
  • Ciera Graham (06/15/2014). How black men and women perceive and utilize black student campus organizations?. Society for the study of social problems, San Francisco.


  • Ciera Graham (08/01/2004). The attitudes and perceptions of College Students towards African American single mothers. Ronald E. McNair Scholar Symposium, Washington State University..

Honors & Awards

  • University of Cincinnati Albert C. Yates Fellow , 09/22/2010 to 06/11/2014. The Yates Scholarship is offered by the Office of the University Dean for Graduate Studies to applicants from underrepresented groups who are nominated for the scholarship by the Department. Recipients of the Yates Scholarship receive a stipend, full tuition remission (including both in-state and out-of-state residents), and waiver of general fees for four terms. .
  • Kunz Center for Social Research Grant.
  • Taft Graduate Travel Award.
  • Taft Graduate Travel Award.
  • Lee Student Support Fund SSSP, Society for the Study of social problems.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 09/22/2010 to 12/01/2010, Graduate Research Assistant for Paula Dubeck, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 01/01/2007 to 05/10/2010, Teaching Assistant , Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
  • 03/28/2011 to 06/11/2011, Research Assistant for Dr. Jennifer Malat, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 01/01/2012 to 06/15/2012, Research Assistant to Dr. Steve Carlton-Ford, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/16/2012, Teaching Assistant Introduction to Sociology 101, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 01/06/2013 to 04/20/2013, Instructor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 06/01/2013 to 07/01/2013, Instructor, University of Cinciinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 01/01/2013 to 01/01/2014, Graduate Student Writing Tutor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 01/01/2012 to 01/01/2014, Graduate Career Advisor at Career Development Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 06/24/2013 to 08/02/2013, Instructor, Upward Bound Trio Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 09/01/2013 to 12/01/2013, Teaching Assistant for Dr. Jennifer Malat, University of Cincinnati, Department of Sociology.
  • 01/16/2014 to 04/17/2014, Grant Intern at Cincinnati Health Department, true.
  • 05/01/2014 to 08/20/2014, Research Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Malat, University of Cincinnati.
  • 07/01/2014 to 08/01/2015, Internship Program Coordinator, University of Cincinnati, Career Development Center.
  • 08/01/2014 to 08/01/2015, Data Manager for Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program, true.
  • 05/01/2014 to 08/25/2014, March of Dimes Research Assistant for stress and pre-term birth project, true.


  • Co-Coordinator, WIN Network 11/14/2011 to 11/14/2011
  • Discussant, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program 07/01/2011
  • Discussant, Ronald E. McNair Program 06/06/2012 to 06/06/2012
  • Reviewer, Sociological Insight 10/01/2011 to 10/28/2011
  • Vice President, Black Graduate & Professional Student Assoc 01/01/2013 to 05/01/2013
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati 5 year Strategic Enrollment plan for diverse students, 01/01/2013 to 05/01/2013
  • Committee Member, North Regional Sociology Association Student section committee, 08/01/2012 to 05/01/2013
  • Association of Black Sociologists Student Representative, 08/01/2013 to 12/01/2013
  • Reviewer, Sociological Focus 07/20/2014 to 07/27/2014
  • University of Cincinnati Graduate level initiatives for students of color, 05/01/2014 to 05/01/2015

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 09/17/2010 to Present ,American Sociological Association Member,
  • 05/01/2007 to 08/01/2008 ,Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 09/01/2010 to Present ,University of Cincinnati Black Graduate Student Association,
  • 02/01/2011 to Present ,Association of Black Sociologists Active Student Member,
  • 09/01/2011 to Present ,North Central Sociological Assoc Student Member,
  • 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014 ,Society for the Study of Social Problems,
  • 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014 ,Eastern Sociological Society member,

Courses Taught

    Level: Undergraduate

    Level: Undergraduate

    Level: Undergraduate

    Level: Undergraduate