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[ Ahmad Al-Sholi | Robert T. Cserni | Jessica Kim Nicholas Rogers | Adam Safer ]

5th Year and Above

[ Duygu Alpan | Ahmad Al-Sholi | Sophia Boutilier | Alec Cali | Robert T. Cserni | Markus Gerke | Katie Gordon | Deniz Ilhan | Jessica Kim | Michael Lenmark | Natalia Navas | Aida Nikou | Alagi Patel | Nicholas Rogers | Jessica Rojahn | Adam Safer | Samee Shirazi | Sienna Thorgusen ]

4th Year

[ Irissa Cisternino | Wyatt Thompson ]

3rd Year

[ Breanna Brock | Nayla Huq | Danielle Lucksted ]

2nd Year

[ José Guevara Fino | Hannah Judson | Hao Lin | Kathryn Misiak | Kajol Patel | Gyuho Shin ]

1st Year

[ Fiona Burke | Gaëlle Aminata Colin | Andrew Collins | Nastassya Ferns | Dana A. McIntyre ]

 

Duygu Alpan

Duygu Alpan

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Duygu studies international migration, authoritarianism, and political economy with an emphasis on qualitative methods. Her research examines potential effects of political repression and state authoritarianism on emigration behaviors in the context of Turkey. It also addresses how gradual shifts in democracy challenge traditional understandings of forced and voluntary migration. Her preliminary work on the subject received the David Street Award for the best qualitative and/or theory graduate student paper in 2020. Duygu has taught an undergraduate course in Research Methods and worked as a Teaching Assistant of several courses including Introduction to Sociology, Historical Development of Sociological Theory, Ethnic and Race Relations, Sociology of Human Reproduction, and War and the Military. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a Project Officer at the Global Political Trends Center in Istanbul, Turkey, where she primarily worked on second-track diplomacy projects concerning the Cyprus question and Turkey-Armenia rapprochement.  

Ahmad Al-Sholi

Ahmad Al-Sholi

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Ahmad is a political sociologist with an interest in political economy, industrial relations, development and revolutions. His dissertation, The Invisible Hand in the Arab Spring: An Investigation into the Role of Capital in Revolutions , is a comparative historical research project that focuses on the politics, economics, and social movements in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Fiona Burke

Fiona Burke

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Alec Cali

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Alec is a medical sociologist focusing on vaccine hesitancy, public health policy, and political ideology using qualitative and computational methods. They also conduct research on alternative medicine, race, gender, and class. Alec's work has been published in anthologies and paperback books. In addition to scholarly work, Alec enjoys teaching and engaging with the wider Stony Brook community, having received a leadership award from the Graduate Student Organization. In their spare time, Alec enjoys reading and watching movies with their cats.

Irissa Cisternino

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Irissa primarily studies topics related to identity, media & technology, and digital sociology. Additionally, her previous work has focused on the sociology of gender. She is a mixed-methods researcher, with a focus on computational social science as well as survey methodologies. Irissa teaches courses in introductory sociology, research methods, and media sociology. In her spare time, she enjoys writing fiction, reading fantasy books, and gaming.

Gaëlle Aminata Colin

Gaelle Colin

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I work on the African Diaspora in France and Europe. Currently, I am interested in European Black Feminism and solidarity building. I also have an interest in family studies and collective archives as a form of resistance. My preferred methods are qualitative, I hope to expand my skills to visual methods and digital ethnography.

Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins

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Andrew holds a BA in Sociology from Clark University and an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research interests include computational social science, social network analysis, and political sociology.

Robert T. Cserni

Robert Cserni

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Broadly speaking, Robert’s research utilizes a comparative, cross-national perspective to examine how technologically mediated globalization impacts culture and sexualities. He constructed an original, extensive, one-of-a-kind dataset of 5000 location-based mobile dating app (LBMDA) user profiles from New York City, London, Vienna, and Tel Aviv, which allowed unique quantitative examination of global and local sexual cultures. Furthermore, during the past 18 months, Robert has been working in collaboration with Dr. Amy Braksmajer at SUNY Geneseo on a research project that explores sexual behavior and risk among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the COVID-19 period. In addition to his research, Robert also has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on sociological theory, research methods, and gender and sexualities. Robert lives with his partner and their two guinea pigs, Peanut and Pistachio, and he is a huge LEGO fan.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Braksmajer, A., & Cserni, R. T. (2021). ‘It’s just a matter of playing the odds:’ Navigating risks associated with sexual behavior in the COVID-19 era. Sociology of Health & Illness. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13380
  • Cserni, R. T., & Rademacher, H. E. (2020). A 3-2-1 approach to undergraduate reading compliance and critical analysis. College Teaching. https://doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2020.1863318
  • Cserni, R. T. (2020). Limitations of existing cultural globalization perspectives: A case study of the influence of technology on sexualities. Sociology Compass, 14(3), e12763. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12763 (2019 David Street Award for Best Theory Paper, Stony Brook University)
  • Cserni, R. T., & Essig, L. W. (2019). Twenty years of Men and Masculinities by the numbers: An analysis of publications and article keywords. Men and Masculinities, 22(1), 5-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X18805349
  • Cserni, R. T., & Talmud, I. (2015). To know that you are not alone: The effect of Internet usage on LGBT youth’s social capital. Communication and Information Technologies Annual Politics, Participation, and Production Studies in Media and Communications, 9, 161-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2050-206020150000009007



    Research Currently Under Review:

  • Cserni, R. T. “Meet market: Visual self-presentation on Grindr.”



    Public Sociology:

  • Quoted, “How to Be a Great Uncle for Your Nieces and Nephews: Good uncles are good men that nieces, nephews, and their parents can depend on in times of good and bad.” Fatherly, by Adam Bulger. June 5, 2019.

  • Quoted, “Men Are Changing. Are Brands Keeping Up?” The Business of Fashion, by Kati Chitrakorn. April 3, 2019.

  • Guest, “International Women’s Day – #Me Too and Men.” Seriously with Norman Kamali, SiriusXM Radio: March 8, 2018.



    Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology

  • Sociological Theory

  • Research Methods

  • Sociology of Gender

  • Sociology of Sexualities

  • Independent Research


Nastassya Ferns

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Nastassya is interested in technology, collective memory, and transnational politics, with a particular fascination for how digital media is used to memorialize past tragedies. Passionate about field research and ethnography, she hopes to further explore the voices that contribute to, and are shaped by, a rapidly growing technological society. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, shopping, and playing the sitar.

José Guevara Fino

Jose Guevara Fino

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My interests encompass social movements and sociology of education, with a regional focus on Latin America. Currently, I am looking into recent cases of student-led protests in both Colombia and Chile, trying to understand perceptions around what constitutes a “successful protest”, and how these perceptions transform the political repertoires available to actors in the long run.

Jessica Kim
Jessica Kim Ph.D. Expected May 2021
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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.  https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12837 .

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

 


Michael Lenmark

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Michael Lenmark studies public opinion and survey methodology, with an emphasis on attitudes toward immigration. His dissertation examines how socioeconomic and demographic changes influence public opinion on immigration policy in a rapidly diversifying American electorate.

Michael is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, New York Chapter, managing their annual Student Research Poster Competition and other educational programs. He has also made numerous service contributions to Stony Brook, including previously serving as Speaker of the Senate for the Graduate Student Organization and as President of the Sociology Graduate Student Forum.

Areas of Interest: Public opinion, immigration, survey methodology, political sociology

Courses Taught:
SOC201: Research Methods in Sociology
SOC310: Sociology of Race and Racism
SOC381: Sociology of Organizations


Hao Lin

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Hao studies racial inequality, social contagion and social networks. Broadly, she is interested in applying computational methods to study social behavior. She completed her undergrad at Central University of Finance and Economics, China in 2017 and received a MSc in sociology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 2019.

Danielle Lucksted

Danielle Lucksted

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Danielle Lucksted is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University with advisor Daniel Levy. Her research falls at the intersections of memory studies and law and society, with particular concentrations on memory laws in the European Union and comparative memorialization of atrocity. She received an M.A. in Human Rights from University College London in 2014 and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University in 2019. Danielle currently serves as student representative for the Sociology of Human Rights section of the American Sociological Association. Before embarking on her PhD, Danielle worked full-time in nonprofit violence prevention. She currently lives in Port Jefferson, New York with her partner and two dogs.

Dana A. McIntyre

Dana McIntyre

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Dana McIntyre is currently a doctoral student at Stony Brook University where she is interested in community-engaged research that explores the sociology of anti-blackness and how It constructs healthcare access, education, global inequality, and structural oppression across the African Diaspora, more specifically the Caribbean. She is the recent recipient of the 2021 International Graduate Research Fellowship Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst which has given her the opportunity to study decolonial approaches to research with Afro-Brazilian communities. Dana also has an MPH in Health Policy & Management from New York University.

Kathryn Misiak

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Katie is primarily interested in studying the sociology of food and eating, with a focus on diet culture. Her research interests also include weight bias, medical fatphobia, and the role of social media communities in the fat liberation movement.
Katie graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May of 2020, with bachelor's degrees in sociology and philosophy. While at IUP, Katie won the 2019 Pennsylvania Sociological Society's undergraduate poster competition for her research on the material hardships, academic success, and quality of life of low-income students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as earning second place in the 2020 Howard Z. Fitzgerald philosophy essay contest.


Kajol Patel

Kajol Patel

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Kajol is interested in environmental and political sociology. Currently she is looking into the relationship between the causes of disparities in air pollution exposure, the health and educational outcomes attributed to this exposure, and interventions state and non-state actors have taken to manage this environmental issue.
Additionally, in the future Kajol is planning to look into the evolving social and legal understandings of drug policy and usage in Canada and the United States.


  Nicholas Rogers

  Nicholas Rogers

Ph.D.Expected May 2021
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 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 http://arkansaslife.com/from-long-island-new-york/

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)



Adam Safer

Adam Safer

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Adam studies immigration policymaking in the United States, with a focus on the role played by local immigrant-serving organizations in municipal sanctuary policy adoption. His quantitative research examines the impacts of sanctuary policies on rates of immigrant arrests and deportations in local contexts, and public health outcomes in Latino/Hispanic communities. Adam teaches undergraduate courses on American Society and Sociology of Technology. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

Gyuho Shin

Gyuho Shin

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Gyuho studies political sociology focused on people's attitude change. He is recently working on how multi-dimensional gender ideology affects people's political affiliation and if that process can be captured with survey data and long-term autobiographic data, i.e., Twitter. Also, he is interested in comparing issues of political sociology and gender ideology of the United States and Korea where he came from. Apart from studying, he enjoys cooking and adding new menus to his recipe book.

W. Rafferty Thompson

W. Rafferty Thompson

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My interests are in economic sociology, political sociology, comparative methodology, and the sociology of morality. I study political prediction markets. How do political prediction market traders balance their economic interests and political interests? How do individual actors, firms, and regulators in the prediction market field think about the moral status of trading? That is, do they consider it to be a form of gambling? And, more broadly, how did political prediction markets emerge as a new technology to gauge public opinion?