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

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

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 Judity 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)

2011-2012 Graduates

Brooke Ellison, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Josh Murray, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University

2012-2013 Graduates

Gary Maynard, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Misty Curreli, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Suffolk County Community College


Year 1 Cohort ('13)             

Year 2 Cohort ('12)            

 Year 3 Cohort ('11)          

Year 4 Cohort ('10)

Robert Cserni
Daria Khlevnyuk
Allison Lindner
Alexandra Muto
Dana Reynolds
Daniel Royce

Carolyn Coburn
Markus Gerke
Julius Harder
Kent Henderson
Kyra Holland
Deniz Ilhan
Brendan Lannon
Vanessa Lynn
Jamie Puglin
Carlos Encina Oleart
Ensieh Eftekhari
Clifford Leek
Heidi Rademacher
Hyang-Gi Song
Suzan Walters
Clayton Fordahl
Hewan Girma
Kenneth Pierce
Sasha Rodriguez

Year 5 Cohort ('09)

Year 6+


Elizabeth Nagel

Helen Jolly Afife Akin
Florencia Arancibia
Umasundari Akella
Diana Baldermann
Tarun Banerjee
Gaston Beltran
Amy Braksmajer
Paul Bugyi
Deidre Caputo-Levine
Bethany Coston
Can Ersoy
Amy Graglia
Gayle Green
Ryan Hubbell
Rachel Kalish
Amanda Kennedy
Soyon Kim

Prita Lal
Felice Jones-Lee
Cheryl Llewellyn
Fernanda Page-Poma
Lauren Pandolfelli
Haryun Peun
Kenneth Pierce
Michael Restivo
Sasha Rodriguez
Bilge Sanli
Gianmarco Savio
Rosse Sayre
Eric Shircliff
Dianne Stalker
Juhi Tyagi
Gabriela Vaillant
Vondora Wilson-Corzen


News & Events

  April 2014  

IHSS, co-sponsored with the Department of History presents Samuel Roberts, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, April 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Black Politics, Caught Between Criminalization and Medicalization:  Methadone Maintenance, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction, 1965-1990."
Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College, April 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS S403,"More or Less Kin:  Economic Disparities and Kin Support"
Oyeronke Oyewumi received the Distinguished Africanist Award by the New York African Studies Association (NYASA)
•Hyang-Gi Song has been awarded the Center for Korean Studies graduate fellowship
Jennifer London, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, April 9, 2014, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, "Understanding Authoritarianism as a Dynamic Category of Practice:  Ibn al-Muqaffa's Legacy for the History of Arab Political Thought:"

  March 2014  

•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
•Oyeronke Oyewumi awarded 2014/15 Fulbright Scholar Grant for teaching and research in Harare, Zimbabwe
•Rebekah Burroway, Cathy Marrone, and Carrie Shandra awarded Dean's Funds for Excellence awards
•Sasha Rodriguez awarded the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship
•Bethany Coston receives the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award
•Sasha Rodriguez receives the Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship
•Amanda Kennedy receives the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
•Sociology Major Neha Kinariwalla receives Gates Cambridge University Fellowship
•Ambassador Robert Toscano, March 24, 2014, 4:00 PM, Center for Italian Studies, Library, Room E4340, "Putin's Russia: Between Soviet Nostalgia and Traditionalist Nataionalism"
Valerie Leiter, Simmons College, March 13th, 4:00 PM, Health Sciences Center,Level 2, Room 408 (School of Health Technology and Management Conference Room),"Power, Rights, and Participation among Youth with Disabilities."  Co-sponsored by the Program in Public Health
IHSS will present Lori Flores, Stony Brook University, Department of History, March 5, 12:00 Noon, SBS N320, "Battlegrounds of Masculinity:  Latino Servicemen, Zoot Suiters, and Farmworkers in World War II"

  February 2014
  •Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"
   November 2013  
   Michael Schwartz named Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees  
   October 2013  
  Professor Adam Possamai, University of West Sydney, to speak on "Contemporary Religion and Australian Aborigines", Wednesday, October 30th, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, SBU Institute for Global Studies, and International Academic Programs and Services
Memory in the Disciplines Workshop welcomes Professor Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, "Collaborative Memory:  A Cognitive Perspective", Wednesday, October 30th, 2:30 PM, SBS N403
IHSS co Sponsored with the Department of History presents Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law School, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden:  How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship
IHSS presents Robert Chase, Stony Brook History Department, October 22nd, 2:30 PM,  SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt:  The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State"
  September 2013  
  Arnout van de Rijt wins $275k NSF grant for in vivo experimental research on arbitrary social inequality
•Screening of the film, ESCAPE FIRE, Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS N403
IHSS presents Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook Sociology Department, September 24th, 2:30 PM,  SBS N405, Imperium in imperio:  Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty" 

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