Ph.D.s on the Market


Bethany Coston

Specialty Areas: Sexualities, Sex/Gender, and Methods/Statistics

Advisor: Michael Kimmel

Ph.D. expected May 2014                                    

Bethany Coston's research attempts to complicate and better understand the dynamic processes of gender and sexuality from an intersectional standpoint. Her research falls into three main categories: 1) intimate relationships and families, specifically the prevalence and types of intimate partner violence experienced by heterosexual and non-heterosexual individuals; 2) health and healthcare, including inequities in healthcare services and utilization and disease disparities; and 3) public policy and the legal system, with a special focus on human rights, social justice, and social change.

Bethany is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methodology, including advanced techniques such as event history and fixed effects/random effects longitudinal data analysis, ethnography and fieldwork, and interviewing. She has extensive knowledge of both Stata and SPSS for quantitative data analysis, and Atlas.ti and NVivo for qualitative data analysis.


Edited Books

Forthcoming. Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson, and Bethany M. Coston. 2013. Sociology Now, 3rd Edition. New Jersey: Pearson, Prentice Hall.

Forthcoming. Michael Kimmel & The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group. 2014. Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society, 2nd Edition. New York:   Oxford University Press.

2013. Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson, and Bethany M. Coston. The Gendered Society Reader, 5th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Articles and Chapters

Bethany M. Coston. Forthcoming. “Queering the Gender Classroom,” in Marc Pruyn, Curry Malott, and Pierre Wilbert Orelus (Eds.), Paths to Gender Justice in Education: Theories & Practices. New York: Information Age Publishing.

Bethany M. Coston. Forthcoming. “What Everyone Should Be Talking About, But No One Is: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Orientation, and the Healthcare-Related Activities of Adults in the United States.” In Vickie Harvey and Teresa Housel (Eds.), Left Out: Health Care Issues Facing LGBT People. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bethany M. Coston & Michael Kimmel. 2013. “White Men as the New Victims: Reverse Discrimination Cases and the Men’s Rights Movement.” Nevada Law Journal, 13(2): 368-385.

Bethany M. Coston and Michael Kimmel. 2012. “Seeing Privilege Where It Isn’t: Marginalized Masculinities and the Intersectionality of Privilege,” in Journal of Social Issues, 68 (1): 97-111.

Bethany M. Coston & Michael Kimmel. 2012. Aging Men, Masculinity, and Alzheimer’s: Caretaking and Caregiving in the New Millennium. In A. Kampf, B. Marshall, and A. Peterson (Eds.), Aging Men: Masculinities and Modern Medicine. New York, NY: Routledge (Chapter 11, pp. 191-200).

Bethany M. Coston. 2011. “Issues in Intimate Violence: Heterosexism and Exclusion,” in Matthew Ball and Burkhard Scherrer (Eds.), Queering Paradigms II. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (Chapter 9, pp. 295-312).

Michael Kimmel and Bethany M. Coston. 2011. Chapter 6: What About the Men? In K. Skelton, A. Gieger, O. Morgan, R. Hollander, and K. Meyer (Eds.), Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimer’s (pp. 217-230). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Bethany M. Coston.  2011. Excerpts in “Chapter 8: Reading, Writing, and Researching for the Social Sciences,” in Dan Melzer (Ed.), Exploring College Writing: Reading, Writing, and Researching Across the Curriculum. London: Equinox Publishing.

Special Reports, Reviews, and Other Publications

Michael Kimmel and Bethany M. Coston. 2010. Chapter 6: What About the Men? In A. T. Gieger, O. Morgan, K. Meyer, and K. Skelton (Eds.), The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, a report by Maria Shriver and The Alzheimer’s Association (pp. 217-230). Chicago, IL: The Alzheimer’s Association.

Bethany M. Coston. 2009. Review of “Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluidby Lisa Jean Moore. Journal of Men's Studies. Harriman: Fall 2009. Vol. 17, Iss. 3; p. 260-263.

Bethany M. Coston. 2009. Review of “Intimate Partner Violence” by Angela J. Hattery. Gender & Society, 23, 581-583. 10.1177/0891243209341186






Gianmarco Savio

Ph.D. expected May 2014



Gianmarco Savio’s research lies at the intersection of social movements, culture, and organizations. His research projects have included:

•    an interview-based analysis of the relational framing strategies of social movement organizers on both sides of the controversy around the proposed construction of the Park51 Islamic Center in downtown Manhattan;

•    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 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.


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

Under Review:

“‘Will Work for Food’: Stigma Management and Organizational Work among New York City Dumpster Divers.” Submitted to the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

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

News & Events

  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"
   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" 

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

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