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Alec Cali

5th Year and Above

[ Duygu Alpan | Sophia Boutilier | Alec Cali | IrissaCisternino|Katie Gordon | Michael Lenmark | Natalia Navas | Ida Nikou | Alagi Patel | Jessica Rojahn |   Wyatt Thompson |Sienna Thorgusen ]

4th Year

[Breanna Brock| Nayla Huq | Danielle Lucksted]

3rd Year

[ José Guevara Fino | Hannah Judson | Hao Lin | Ting-Syuan Lin | Kajol Patel | Gyuho Shin | Sohee Shin ]

2nd Year

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

1st Year

[ Marion Harper | Jonathan Espinosa | Jeremy Levine | Danial Vahabli | Jayne Yerrick ]

 

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.  

Breanna Brock

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Breanna's work broadly focuses on the construction of race and ethnicity, racial identity, health disparities, and migration. More specifically, she explores racial identity,  nativity, and experiences of racial discrimination impact racial and ethnic identity and mental health outcomes in African American and Black immigrant populations in the United States. 


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.

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.

Jonathon Espinosa

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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.

Marion Harper

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Marion is a Ph.D. student in Sociology with a focus on environmental sociology. Her research interests center around environmental policies and outcomes. She plans on examining how differing cultural and institutional factors contribute to disparities in resource distribution and environmental outcomes. 

 

 


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


Jeremy Levine

Jeremy Levine

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Jeremy Levine is a first-year PhD student whose main areas of interests include political economy, economic sociology, global and transnational sociology, and political sociology. He completed his Bachelor's in Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University and his Master's in Public Policy in International Affairs at William Paterson University. Jeremy has also previously been an Adjunct Professor at multiple universities in New York and New Jersey. 

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.


Ting-Syuan Lin

Ting Syuan Lin

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Ting-Syuan Lin is a Ph.D. student in Sociology with a specialization in population studies. Her research interests lie in family formation, immigrants, life course perspective, and quantitative methods. Her current research projects focus on the spatial differences in family formation patterns and the segregation of Asian Americans. 


Danielle Lucksted

Danielle Lucksted

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Danielle Lucksted is a fourth 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.

Ida Nikou

Ida Nikou

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Ida’s interests are broadly animated by questions about the dynamics of power, inequality, and social change under global capitalism. In particular, they explore how people experience and make sense of the social, economic, and political transformations associated with rapidly intensifying economic precarity and social inequality. Ida’s dissertation research examines the Iranian labor movement and the erosion of worker rights in the face of neoliberal globalization policies through a comparative and critical ethnographic approach. Ida has taught several undergraduate courses in Deviance, Crime, Technology, and Introduction to Sociology. 

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.


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.

Sohee Shin

Sohee Shin

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Sohee Shin studies sociology with a broad interest in population.  Specifically her research interests are international migration, health disparity, life course perspectives, and social inequality.  Her current research focuses on attitudes toward immigrants from a lens of generational differences, and the role of employment patterns on immigrants' health throughout their life course.  Before joining the PhD program, she worked in a local NGO which supports residential rights of refugees in Germany, and in a research institute (MRTC) focusing on migration research in South Korea.

 


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?


Danial Vahabli

Danial Vahabli

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Danial is an interdisciplinary researcher with diverse interests, from online identity to social movements. After majoring in Physics and minoring in Sociology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey, he has decided to continue his education by pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology to understand, study, and expand upon sociological theory using methods such as natural language processing, machine learning, agent-based simulations, network science, game theory, and statistics. He is currently working on different research projects, but the unifying idea is the interaction of offline and online lives. He is particularly interested in how social media is changing our day-to-day life experiences.


Jayne Yerrick

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