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

  May 2016  
  Carrie Shandra receives a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her project entitled, "The New Bottom Rung? Internship Vacancies and Hiring in the Entry Level Job Market."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Nicholas Wilson, Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Where Interest and Passion Unite to Confound All Order:  Corruption as State Formation in Early Colonial British India, 1757-1786."
  April 2016  
   Ph.D. student Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
Tiffany Joseph has been named one of five Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Tiffany Joseph receives an American Sociological Association Fund to Advance the Discipline Grant
Rebekah Burroway receives a SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.
IHSS will present Shimelis Gulema, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, April 27, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "City as Nation: Ethiopia's Search for a Modern Nation, 1896 - 1975."
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Department of Sociology; Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, April 13, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N405, "Artifact and Allegiances:  How Museums put the Nation and the World on Display."
IHSS will present Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University, Department of Sociology, April 6, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The US Military and State-building Projects, 1898 - 2003."
  March 2016  

Ph.D. student Andrew Hargrove has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  This fellowship carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization.
Memories in the Discipline will present Abena Ampofoa Asare, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, March 23, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, Humanities Institute (HUM 1008), "Surviving Histories:  Ghana's Truth and Reconciliation Commission", Co-Sponsored with the Humanities Institute
IHSS will present Karl Jacoby, Columbia University, Department of History, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The Color Line and the Borderline:  Reconstructing  Race and Nation in Mexico and the U.S., 1865-1925."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Jamie Sommer, Wednesday, March 9, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "A Cross-National Analysis of Deforestation and State Capacity.", a paper co-authored with Associate Professor John Shandra
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Melissa Forbis, Wednesday, March 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Re-centering Knowledge Production, Indigenous Women's Theorizing, Decolonization, and the Confines of Citizenship."

  February  2016  
  •Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Professor Emeritis Ivan Chase, Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "the Fragility of Individual-Based Explanations of Social Hierarchies:  A Test Using Animal Pecking Orders."
  December 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Carrie Shandra, Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "How Does Disability 'Steal Time'? Health, Social Disparities, and the Disability Gap in Time Use."
  November 2015  
  IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day?  Historical Method in Theory and Practice  
  October 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Culture and Power in Cross-National Carbon Dioxide Emissions."  
  September 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development:  Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
  May 2015  
  Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV:  Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks:  Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
  April 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
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
Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality:  Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
  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.

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