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[ Aarushi Bhandari | Helana Darwin | Andrew Hargrove ]

 


Aarushi Bhandari

Aarushi Bhandari

Specialty Areas 

  • International Development
  • Global and Transnational Socology
  • Gender Inequality
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Quantitative and Mixed Methods
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Food and Agriculture

Advisors

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2020

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 Aarushi Bhandari is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Stony Brook University. Aarushi’s dissertation “Mobile Phone Distribution and Global Food Security” was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (NSF DDRI) grant for the 2019-2020 academic year. Her dissertation features three distinct empirical studies addressing contemporary phenomena in international development. More specifically, these cross-national quantitative studies evaluate the rising salience of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within development policy discourse. In the 20 years between 1995 to 2015, the average number of mobile phones within developing countries increased from a few hundred thousand to about 40 million. In this time period, development policymakers led by the United Nations have broadly expanded ICTs for development initiatives, suggesting these technologies can uplift developing populations from poverty and food insecurity. Aarushi’s dissertation formally evaluates these claims for empirical merit, addressing limitations like the gender digital divide, and exploitative core-periphery dynamics. The first study from her dissertation “Gender Inequality in Mobile Technology Access: The Role of Economic and Social Development” was published in  Information, Communication and Society in 2019. Aarushi has also previously published on topics of gender and global food security in  Sociological Quarterly and  Sociology Compass. Aarushi is a first-generation immigrant from Nepal and has lived in the U.S. since 2009.

 

Peer Reviewed Publications:


Bhandari, A. 2019. “Gender Inequality in Mobile Technology Access: The Role of Economic and Social Development.” Information, Communication & Society, 1-17  

Bhandari, A. and Burroway, R. 2018 . “Hungry for Equality: A Longitudinal Analysis of Women’s Legal Rights and Hunger in Developing Countries.”  The Sociological Quarterly 1-25

Bhandari, A. 2017. "Women's Status and Global food security: An overview."   Sociology Compass 11-5.

Selected Publications in Progress:

Bhandari, A. “ICT for Development? Latent growth curve models connecting ICTs, women’s status and global food security”

Bhandari, A. “The Uneven Spread of ICTs Between Rich and Poor Nations: A Cross-National Investigation of Contributing Factors”

Burroway, R. &  Bhandari, A. “Women’s Property Rights and Change in HIV/AIDS Over Time: A Cross-National Analysis of Incidence Rates, 1990-2009.”


Courses Taught:

Sociology of Technology, Summer 2017, Spring 2019

Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2018

Media and Society, Summer 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019

Research Methods, Spring 2019

Selected Qualitative Course Evaluations from Aarushi's students

"Professor Bhandari is a fantastic teacher. She cares about her students and it shows. She knows how to make even stats enjoyable to learn. She's keeps her students engaged in the material and makes sure we understand what she's teaching not just memorize for the test."

"The professor was very fun, relatable, and refreshing, and made boring content engaging"

"I enjoyed the passion that the professor had for the material. It really showed through the lectures and got a lot of students involved in class conversations." 


Helana Darwin

Helana Darwin

Specialty Areas 

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • Body and Embodiment
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Virtual Ethnography
  • Queer Sociology

Advisors 

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2019

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website

CV
                                                 

Helana Darwin is an award-winning sociologist of gender, whose research focuses on the regulatory impact of the gender binary system. Helana has turned to a wide range of subcultures, both online and offline, in order to theorize gender inequality. Helana’s research on the privileged position of omnivorousness within craft beer culture recently won the Graduate Student Paper Award through the Consumer and Consumption Section of the American Sociological Association. Her insightful research on gender in craft beer culture has attracted a considerable amount of attention from academics and non-academics alike, inspiring interview invitations from a variety of popular press outlets. Helana has also proposed a paradigm shift in the sociology of gender and religion, through her article “Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion,” published by Gender & Society. This research theorizes egalitarian social change within patriarchal religious traditions, by centering the experiences of gender-transgressive religious practitioners. The Association for the Sociology of Religion recognized "Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion" through the McNamara Award, as the most outstanding article by a graduate student in 2018.

Helana’s current research analyzes the social experiences of non-binary people (those who identify as neither man nor woman), identifying obstacles that they encounter in their daily lives, along with strategies they have devised in order to achieve social recognition. Based on a virtual ethnography of a social media site and a follow up series of in-depth interviews with 47 non-binary people from across the globe, this research illuminates the limitations and harmful effects of the gender binary system. Helana earned the competitive Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship Award from Stony Brook University for this research.  Helana is on the job market and in pursuit of a book contract.

 

Publications:

Darwin, H. 2018. “Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion.” Gender & Society 32(3): 348-370.
    *2018 Robert J. McNamara Award for Most Outstanding Article by a Graduate Student, Association for the Sociology of Religion

Darwin, H. 2018. “Omnivorous Masculinity: Gender Capital and Cultural Legitimacy in Craft Beer culture.” Social Currents 5(3): 301-316.
    *2018 Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association Section on Consumer and Consumption
    *2016 Rose Laub Coser Award for Best Gender Studies Paper by a Graduate Student in the Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University

Darwin, H. 2017. “Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: a virtual ethnography.” Symbolic Interaction 40(3): 317-334.

Darwin, H. 2017. "The Pariah Femininity Hierarchy: Comparing White Women’s Body Hair and Fat Stigmas in the United States." Gender, Place & Culture 24(1): 135-146.

Darwin, H. 2016. “Jewish Women’s Kippot: meanings and motives.” Contemporary Jewry 37(1): 81-97.


Selected Publications in Review and in Progress:

Darwin, H. and Amara Miller. "The Body Positive Movement: Feminist Progress?" (R&R, Feminist Media Studies)

Darwin, H. “The Religious Gender Binary” (R&R, Sociology of Religion)

Darwin, H. "Problematizing the Cis/Trans Binary (R&R Gender & Society)

Darwin, H. "Rethinking Sexuality in the Gender Borderland." (Submitted to Sociological Focus)
     *2019 David Street Award for Best Theoretical Paper by a Graduate Student in the Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University

Darwin, H. “ Redoing Gender: Non-binary People in the Gender Binary System” (Book Manuscript in Progress)

Darwin, H. Lahkpreet Kaur, and Nazreen Bacchus. " Pious Pariahs:  The Gendered Politics of Religious Visibility" (Manuscript in Progress)

Darwin, H. "The Labor of Non-Binary Gender Outcomes" (Article Manuscript in Progress)

Book Chapters

2017. "You are What You Drink:  The Masculinization of Cultural Legitimacy in the New York Craft Beer Scene." Pp. 222-235 in Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer. Edited by Nate Chapman, J. Slade Ledlock, and Cameron D. Lippard. West Virginia University Press.


Andrew Hargrove

  Andrew Hargrove

Specialty Areas

  • Water and Sanitation
  • International Policy
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Well-Being/Basic Needs
  • Global
  • Quantitative Methods

Advisors  

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2020

email

website

CV
                                                 

Andrew Hargrove is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at Stony Brook University, whose research focuses on the nexus between water scarcity and water access and the conflict inherent in solving these issues simultaneously.  Andrew focuses on the international aid, policy, and academic debates concerning water access, water scarcity, and international development, health, and the environment.  He has expertise in many quantitative and statistical methodologies.  His published articles with Rebekah Burroway at Social Science and Medicine and Sociology of Development utilize skills in geospatial analysis and multilevel modeling to understand child malnutrition and immunizations in Nigeria.  His current works in progress include a network analysis of the academic water network, a multilevel analysis of the determinants of access to water and sanitation, a content analysis of 42,000+ water sector loans, and a longitudinal analysis of renewable internal freshwater resources.

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Hargrove, Andrew. 2019. "Economic and Social Determinants of Access to Water and Sanitation: A Cross-National, Multilevel Analysis of Well-being in Developing Nations." Sociological Inquiry

Hargrove, Andrew. 2019. "Global Aid in the Water Sector:  A Descriptive Analysis of International Development Effectiveness." International Journal of Social Science Studies 7(2): 19-35.

Burroway, Rebekah, and  Andrew Hargrove. 2018. “Education is the Antidote: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Maternal Education on Child Immunizations in Nigeria.”  Social Science & Medicine 213: 63-71.

Burroway, Rebekah, and  Andrew Hargrove. 2018. "It Takes a Village: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Women’s Education on Child Malnutrition in Nigeria."  Sociology of Development 4(2): 145-168.

Under Review and Submitted Works:

Hargrove, Andrew, Mais Qandeel, and Jamie M. Sommer. Under Review. "The Global Governance for Climate Justice:  A Cross-National Analysis of CO2 Emissions." Global Transitions.

Hargrove, Andrew, and Jamie M. Sommer. Under Review. “Global Environmentalism in the World-System: Cross-National Trends in Renewable Freshwater Resources (1967-2007).” Social Sciences.

Rogers, Nick,  Andrew Hargrove, and Jason J. Jones. Under Review. “The End of “Innocence”? Three New Measures of Political Issue Alignment Among the General American Public.” PLOS One.