Ph.D.s on the Market




 Amy Dunckel Graglia

Amy Dunckel Graglia

Specialty Areas:  Gender,   Urban Development, Spatial Design,

Advisor: Michael Kimmel

Ph.D. completed May 2014



Amy Dunckel Graglia's main research agenda is in gender and urban development, exploring how inequalities between men and women influence urban design. She is particularly fascinated by women-only places as a response to public violence against women. Her growing body of work identifies important social processes that lead to women-only public places, leaving us with alternative theoretical questions about current and future urban development practices.

Supported by a fellowship from the American Association of University Women, Amy successfully defended her dissertation in May of this year, and is currently conducting research for a book manuscript called, Pink Cities. This work expands on her graduate research, comparing the social dynamics of women-only transportation in Mexico City to those in New Delhi, India and Rosario, Argentina. The book is framed with the primary observation that gender is most likely to influence spatial design when cities exclude women from equal participation. This ethnographical study, although complemented with large datasets on gender and urban resources, explores the moments in which women-only places are a solution to the urban discrimination of women, and when they they are simply a manifestation it.


Peer Reviewed Articles

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2014. “Women and Urban Movements: Rethinking the relationship between feminism and the city.”
Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. (Forthcoming).

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2014. “Pink, the New Color of Feminism: An analysis of women-only transportation.La Ventana 37(4): 148-176.

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2013. “ ‘Pink Transportation’ in Mexico City: Reclaiming urban space through collective action against gender-based violence.” Gender and Development 21(2).

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2013. “Women-only Transportation: How pink public transportation changes public perception of women's mobility.” Journal of Public Transportation. 16(2): 85-105.

Book Reviews

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2010. Book Review of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the DiasporabyLawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Sexualities August 2010 vol. 13 no. 4 535-536.

Articles in Review

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2014. “Gender Nature of Women's Mobility: A gender perspective for analyzing women's issues in public transportation.” Women's Issues in Transportation: Summary of the 4th International Conference. Transportation Research Board Conference Proceedings.

Dunckel Graglia, Amy. 2015. “Gendering Spatial Design: An exploration of women-only places throughout the world.” Gender & Society.

Works in

Dunckel Graglia. 2016. Pink Cities. (Book manuscript)



Gianmarco Savio

Ph.D. expected May 2015

Savio CV


Gianmarco Savio’s research interests include social movements, organizations, culture, theory, and qualitative methods. His work primarily examines the influence of organizational-level dynamics and processes on social movement actors. His research projects have included:

•   An analysis of the struggle over the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan, which investigates the influence of collective memory and space on social movement actors’ collective self-representations; and

•    a comparative study of two groups of dumpster divers in New York, which considers the influence of collective organizing on stigma management.

His dissertation, an in-depth ethnography of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, assesses the key strategic dilemmas faced by participants within the context of the movement’s organizational structure and underscores the centrality of space for the generation of new movements.



Forthcoming. “Dilemmas of Decision Making: Autonomy and Coordination in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” Contemporary Justice Review.

Under Review:

Savio, Gianmarco. “Occupation as Organization: Social Structure in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” Submitted to Social Movement Studies.

Savio, Gianmarco. “‘Will Work for Food:’ Organizational Work in the Stigma Management Strategies of Dumpster Divers.” Submitted to Acta Sociologica.

Savio, Gianmarco. “Contentious Sites: Cultural Memory, Collective Organizing and Symbolic Struggles over the Park51 Islamic Center.” With Gabriela Gonzalez-Vaillant. Submitted to Sociological Perspectives.

News & Events

  April 2015  
  IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department  
  March 2015  
  Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship:  The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
  February 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment:  A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."  
  IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."  
  December 2014  
  Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."  
  October 2014
  IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."  
  September 2014  
  Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right?  The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy:  Evidence from the British Empire in India."
IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger?  Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
  June 2014
  •Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.  
  May 2014  
  Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony  
  April 2014  

•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•Kenneth Pierce has received the Jean Harvey Slappy Fellowship by the Marcus Garvey Foundation
•Florencia Arancibia has been awarded an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship
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"

Department of Sociology,  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700

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