Graduate Students


During the years 2009-2011, advanced Ph.D. students (post second year; N=25-30 per year) had 65 publications, including 53 articles and chapters, delivered 122 papers at national or regional meetings, and received 26 awards from national or specialty professional groups. During the 2010-2011 academic year, six of the SBU Sociology graduate students were active in the professional job market: four accepted offers of tenure track jobs at research universities and one received an ACLS post-doctoral fellowship. Check out our Ph.D.s currently on the market.

External Grants and Awards

Idil Akin has received an Austrian Government Award Ernst Mach Worldwide Fellowship (2017)
Suzie Walters has received the Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology (2017)
Jamie Sommer has been named a 2017 Horowitz Foundation Award Recipient (2017)
Suzan Walters received the Beth Hess Memorial Award from the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (2017)
Cliff Leek has been elected President of the American Men's Studies Association (2017)
Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2016)
Andrew Hargrove received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship which carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization (2016)
Suzan Walters received the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society (2015)
Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (2015)
Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE (2014)
Kenneth Pierce has received the Jean Harvey Slappy Fellowship by the Marcus Garvey Foundation (2014)
Florencia Arancibia was awarded an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship (2014)
Sasha Rodriguez was awarded the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (2014)
Tarun Banerjee was a winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Graduate Student Paper Award competition (2014)
Tarun Banerjee was given an award for Outstanding Author Contribution by Emerald Group Publishing's Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2014)
Juhi Tyagi was named a Junior Fellow (for Doctoral Dissertation Research) by the American Institute of Indian Studies (13-14)
Tarun Banerjee (with Michael Schwartz) received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2013)
Michael Restivo (with Arnout van de Rijt) received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2013)
Fernanda Page-Poma won a SSRC Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship (2012)
Josh Murray (with Michael Schwartz) won an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2011)

Department and University Awards

Vanessa Lynn received the Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship Award (2017)
Suzan Walters was awarded the Mildred and Herbert Weisinger Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
Clayton Fordahl won the David Street Paper Award for the best qualitative and/or theory graduate student paper (2016)
Helena Darwin won the Rose Laub Coser Award for best graduate student theory and/or research paper in gender studies (2016)
Heidi Rademacher received the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award (2016)
Clayton Fordahl won the 2015 Judith Tanur Dissertation Fellowship Award (2015)
Hyang-Gi Song was awarded the Center for Korean Studies graduate fellowship (2014)
Tarun Banerjee received the Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award (2014)

Bethany Coston received the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award (2014)
Sasha Rodriguez received the Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship Award (2014)
Amanda Kennedy received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2014)
Cheryl Llewellyn received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2013)
Cheryl Llewellyn received the Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award (2013)
Page-Poma won the 2012 Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship Award
Rachel Kalish wins President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2012)
Michael Restivo won the 2012 Tanur Dissertation Fellowship Award (2012)

2013-2014 Graduates

Amy Braksmajer, Research Associate, School of Nursing, University of Rochester
Paul Bugyi, Lecturer in Sociology, SUNY-Old Westbury
Bethany Coston, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Virginia Commenwealth University
Misty Curreli, Instructor of Sociology, Suffolk County Community College
Amy Graglia, Research Manager, Quonundrums (Aptos, CA)
Rachel Kalish, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Old Westbury
Lauren Pandolfelli, Statistician, Evidence & Data for Gender Equality, United Nations Statistics Division
Michael Restivo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Geneseo

2014-2015 Graduates

Florencia Arancibia, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council
Tarun Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Deidre Caputo-Levine, Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture & Society, Drake University
Cheryl Llewellyn, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Kenneth Pierce, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Passaic County Community College
Eric Shircliff, Lecturer, St. Joseph's College
Diane Stalker

2015-2016 Graduates

Can Ersoy
Amanda Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies, Curry College
Fernanda Page-Poma, Researcher/Advisor in Social Scienes applied to Defense, National School of Defense, Argentina
Sasha Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University
Gianmarco Savio, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Lawrence University
Juhi Tyagi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, M.S. Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
     Delhi University and Max Weber Center for Advance Cultural & Social Studies, University of Erfurt
Gabriela Vaillant Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences and Politics, Catholic University of Uruguay

2016-2017 Graduates

Diana Baldermann
Elizabeth Coston, Teaching Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University
Clayton Fordahl
Prita Lal, Assistant Professor, Evergreen State College
Clifford Leek, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
Haryun Peun

Year 1 Cohort ('17)           

Year 2 Cohort ('16) 

   Year 3 Cohort ('15)    


Duygu Alpan Cakmak
Elise Elston
Richard Heap
Nitheesha Nakka
Jessica Salley

Lucas Azambuja
Zachary Ballard
Alec Cali
Aida H. Nikou
Alagi Patel
Nicholas Rogers
Katie Gordon
Jessica Kim
Michael Lenmark
Natalia Navas
Sienna Thorgusen

Year 4 Cohort ('14)

Year 5+


Ahmad Al-Sholi
Aarushi Bhandari
Sophia Boutilier
Caglar Cetin
Helena Darwin
Andrew Hargrove
Joseph Marchia
Kevin McElrath              
Adam Safer
Sam Shirazi
Jamie Sommer

Robert Cserni
Ensieh Eftekhari
Kyra Holland
Deniz Ilhan
Helen Jolly

Afife Akin
Carolyn Coburn
Carlos Encina Oleart
Markus Gerke
Hewan Girma
Kent Henderson
Soyon Kim
Daria Khlevnyuk

Allison Lindner
Vanessa Lynn
Jamie Puglin
Heidi Rademacher
Bilge Sanli
Rose Sayre
Hyang-Gi Song
Suzan Walters

News & Events

      June 2017  
       Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. and our alumnus Josh Murray (Vanderbilt University) have won the outstanding article award for the ASA Marxist Sociology Section for their paper, "Moral Economy, Structural Leverage, and Organizational Efficacy:  Class Formation and the Great Fling Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37." Critical Historical Studies  
      Tiffany Joseph (with co-author Helen Marrow) has received the Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology.  The award was received for their paper, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' (Non) Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms." Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
      May 2017  
      Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities  
      Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
      Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling:  Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
      Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries?  Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
      Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children:  A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research  
      Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students:  Evidence from a Large Public University."
      April 2017  
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide:  Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."  
      March 2017  
      Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
      Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being?  New Evidence from the DUST Study."
      December 2016  
      Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.  
      November 2016   
      Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"  
      Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
       Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals:  Evidence for Selective Response."
      October 2016  
      Mindfulness and Diversity:  Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners:  The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."

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