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[ Jessica Kim l Nicholas Rogers ]

Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim Ph.D. Expected May 2021

Jess is a political sociologist studying global norm diffusion, with a focus on democracy and women's rights. Her peer-reviewed research exploring these topics appears in   Sociology of Development, Sociology Compass, Sociological Science, and Human Rights Quarterly.   Jess's dissertation, which explores how democracy-promoting international non-governmental organizations (DINGOs) impacts democratization, has received a number of internal and external grants, including the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, the Stony Brook Foundation Trustees Dissertation Fellowship, and the Judith Tanur Dissertation Award. In addition to her research, Jess also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Stony Brook on sociological theory, statistics, and global sociology. In her free time, Jess enjoys running, triathlons, coaching CrossFit, and anything fitness-related. She is currently training for the Wineglass Marathon.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Kim, Jessica. 2020. “The Diffusion of International Women’s Rights Norms to Individual Attitudes: The Differential Roles of World Polity and World Society.” Sociology of Development 6(4): 459-492.
2019 Hanan Selvin Graduate Student Paper Award, Stony Brook University

 Kim, Jessica. 2020. “Democracy, Aid, and Diffusion: A Normative Approach to the Hybrid Regime.” Sociology Compass 14(2): 1-16. .

Kim, Jessica and Kathleen Fallon. 2020. “The Political Sociology of Democracy: From Measurement to Rights.” Pp. 538-563 in The New Handbook of Political Sociology edited by T. Janoski, C. de Leon, J. Misra, and I.W. Martin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jason J. Jones, Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Jessica Kim, and Steven Skiena. 2019. “Stereotypical Gender Associations in Language Have Decreased Over Time.” Sociological Science 7(1): 1-35.

Fallon, Kathleen, Anna-Liisa Aunio, and Jessica Kim. 2018. “Decoupling International Agreements from Domestic Policy: The State and Soft Repression.” Human Rights Quarterly 40(4): 932-961.

Research Currently Under Review:

Kim, Jessica. “Save Her a Seat? Evaluating how Gender Quotas and Social Context Shape Attitudes towards Women in Politics.”
2021 Rose Laub Coser Graduate Student Paper Award, Stony Brook University

Courses Taught:

SOC 361: Historical Development of Sociology
SOC 348: Global Sociology
SOC 502: Multivariate Regression Techniques Laboratory


  Nicholas Rogers

  Nicholas Rogers

Ph.D.Expected May 2021


 Nick primarily studies political polarization, with special emphasis on ideology formation and the American culture divide.  He also researches in the realms of gender, and food.  His peer reviewed research has been published in The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, and The Journal of Gerontology. His essays have appeared in The New York Times and Arkansas Life Magazine.  In addition to his research work at Stony Brook University, he currently teaching a course in social science methodology at New York University's Center for Global Affairs.  Prior to entering his Ph.D. program, Nick was a trial lawyer in his home state of Arkansas.  He lives in Brooklyn with his dog Faulkner.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Rogers, Nick 2019. “Holding Court: The Social Regulation of Masculinity in Pickup Basketball.”  Contemporary Ethnography 48(6): 731-49.

Rogers, Nick 2018 (In Press). “Split Screens: A Quantitative Content Analysis of Liberals’ and Conservatives’ Respective Television Favorites.”  Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Kail, Ben, Miles Taylor, and Nick Rogers, 2018 (In Press). "Double Disadvantage in the Process of Disablement: Race as a Moderator in the Association between Chronic Conditions and Functional Limitations.”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Research Currently Under Peer Review

Rogers, Nick and Jason J. Jones, 2019. “Using Twitter Bios to Measure Changes in Social Identity: Are Americans Defining Themselves More Politically Over Time?” (Under initial review) DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32584.67849

Rogers, Nick, Andrew Hargrove, and Jason J. Jones, 2018. “The End of ‘Innocence’? New Measures of Issue Alignment Among the General American Public.” (Under initial review). DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.27551.51361

Op-Eds and Essays

Rogers, Nick 2019. "Tastes of Home." Arkansas Life, May 2019.  Available at

Rogers, Nick 2017. "How Wrestling Explains Alex Jones and Donald Trump. "The New York Times, April 25, 2017.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Sociology

Food and Society
Analytic Skills (methodology)
Statistical Methods (lab instructor)