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

      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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