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Recent Graduates

All UT Sociology Theses and Dissertations, as well as undergrad honor's theses, are now deposited electronically in TRACE and are available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/socioetds/. Information on our graduates is divided into graduation year.

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Joel Michael Crombez

PhD

The Anxiety and the Ecstasy of Technical Vertigo: Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Critical Socioanalysis from the Italian Renaissance to the 21st Century

Harry F. Dahms

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grinnell College

Nuray Karaman

PhD

Experiences of Musliim Female Students in Knoxville:  At the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Religion

Michelle Christian

Assistant Professor, Usak University, Turkey

Zachary Joseph McKenney

PhD

The State of the Union?  Transnational Manufacturing and the US Labor Movement

Jon Shefner

Instructor, University of Tennessee

Holly Ningard

PhD

Attorney Stories of Environmental Crime: Harms, Agents, and Ideal Cases

Lois Presser

Lecturer, Ohio University

William Taylor

PhD

High Stakes Education: The Business of Reform, Grassroots Organizing and the Community School Alternative

Jon Shefner

Jessica West

MA

Meet the Duggars: The Reproduction of Gender Privilege in the Popular Construction of Sibling Sexual Abuse

Lo Presser

Adjunct Instructor, University of North Carolina-Asheville

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Landon Bevier

PhD

Never Forget: The Meaning of the Global War on Terror in Post-9/11 U.S. Presidential Discourse.

Michelle Brown

Public School Teacher - Stewart County TN

Sarah D’Onofrio

MA

“Only the Intervenor Cared”: Critical Junctures in the Rise of Dairy CAFOs and Neoliberal Environmental Policy in Wisconsin.”

Paul K. Gellert

Doctoral Student, University of Tennessee

Sylvia Isabel Duluc-Silva

MA

“Food Justice and Practices in the Five Points Community of Knoxville, Tennessee: A Survey of Residents Living in an Urban Food Desert.”

Robert Emmet Jones

Law Clerk, US Environmental Protection Agency

Elizabeth A. East

PhD

Capitalist Organizing and Organizations: The Case of the American Petroleum Institute.

Paul K. Gellert

Post-doctoral scholar in the green economy project working for Dr. Shefner

Ahmet Fidan

PhD

Women’s Help-Seeking Behavior for Intimate Partner Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephanie A. Bohon

Assistant Professor, Adiyaman University, Turkey

Katherine Gerlaugh

PhD

Twenty-First Century Deindustrialization and Uneven Development in Appalachia.

Stephanie A. Bohon

Assistant Professor, Lenoir Rhyne College

Anthony Knowles

MA

“Automation, Work, and Ideology: The Next Industrial Revolution and the Transformation of Labor.”

Harry Dahms

Doctoral Student, University of Tennessee

Steven Alfonso Panageotou

PhD

The Three Dimensions of Political Action in the United States Democracy:  Corporations as Political Actors and "Franchise Governments"

Jon Shefner & Harry Dahms

Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University

Shannon Williams

PhD

A Contribution to the Critique of Labor Share Analyses.

Paul K. Gellert

Instructor/lecturer at School of Justice and Safety, Eastern Kentucky University

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Katie Marie Highbaugh

MA

“A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Website: A Cultural Criminology of Peace- and Community-Building.”

Lois Presser

Jenna Ann Lamphere

PhD

"Shades of Green:  A Comparative Analysis of the US Green Economies"

Jon Shefner

Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Galveston

Aaron Robert Lemelin

MA

“Young Adults and the Consequences of Precarious Work.”

Jon Shefner

Freelance web developer, Tampa Bay area

Katherine Leigh Morris

PhD

The Scruffy City: Development in Knoxville, TN.

Jon Shefner

see above

Douglas Ray Oeser

MA

“The Rhetoric of Perpetual Warfare: A Political Discourse Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Legitimation of U.S. Drone Strikes.”

Lois Presser

Crime Analyst, Asheville (NC) Police Department

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Joel Michael Crombez

MA

“After the Human: Theory and Sociology in the Age of Fractal Ambiguity, Dromology, and Emergent Epi-spaces.”

Harry F. Dahms

Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee

Nicholas John Hauman

PhD

Social Systems and Psychic Confluence: Flash Mobs, Communications, and Agency.

Harry F. Dahms

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bethany Lutheran College

Kiam Loong Daniel Lai

PhD

Constructing Victimhood: Opposition to Legislation Protecting LGBT Students against Bullying.

Lois Presser

Internationally acclaimed artist

Rhiannon A. Leebrick

PhD

Environmental Gentrification and Development in a Rural Appalachian Community: Blending Critical Theory and Ethnography.

Harry F. Dahms

Assistant Professor at Wofford College

Kyle Ward Letteney

MA

“America’s Lethal Dilemma: Legitimating Old Methods of Execution in an Era of Abolition.”

Lois Presser

Police Officer, City of Charlotte Government

Benjamin Corey Webster

MA

“Entropy and the Economy of Violence: Anthropophagy and Sacrificial Violence in Late Modernity.”

Michelle Brown

 

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Lauren Kimberlee Copley, now Lauren Saban

PhD

Uncovering Latino Sex Trafficking in a New Destination Area: A Case Study.

Michelle S. Brown

Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Jon Cariba Phoenix

MA

“Using Audio/Visual Media to Increase the Sociological Imagination of an Adolescent Audience.”

Harry F. Dahms

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Louisville

Jennifer Lindmar Schally

PhD

Agent of Harm and Good Corporate Citizen? e Case of Tyson Foods.

Lois Presser

Lecturer in Criminal Justice Penn State Harrisburg Middletown, PA.

Tobin N. Walton

PhD

Self, Society, and Environment in the 21st Century: e Development and Assessment of an Ecological Identity Scale.

Robert E. Jones

Assistant Professor, Social Work and Sociology, North Caroline A&T State University.

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Meghan Elizabeth Conley

PhD

Immigrant Rights in the Nuevo South:  Enforcement and Resistance at the Borderlands of Illegality

Stephanie A. Bohon

Director of Community Partnerships at Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

Sarah Ellen Hendricks

PhD

Mobility and Isolation: Latino Immigrant Adjustment in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stephanie A. Bohon

Assistant Professor, Howard Community College, Silver Spring, Maryland

Zachary Joseph McKenney

MA

“Who Supports Labor? The Intersection of Race and Skill in Union Campaigns.”

Jon Shefner

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

Aaron S. Routhe

PhD

Religion’s Influence on Environmental Concern: U.S. Evangelicals’ Construction of Climate Change Perceptions.

Sherry Cable

Lecturer in Sociology, Carroll University

Aaron Thomas Rowland

PhD

How Left a Turn? Legacies of the Neoliberal State in Latin America.

Jon Shefner

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee-Martin

Alexander Stoner

PhD

Sociobiophysicality, Cold War, and Critical Theory: Human-Ecological Transformation and Contemporary Ecological Subjectivity.

Harry F. Dahms

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Salisbury University

Kayla Marie Stover

MA

“I am Working for the Good Guys: Street-Level Enforcement of the Clean Water Act in East Tennessee.”

Sherry Cable

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Wanjum Cui

PhD

The Effect of Race on Crime: A Multilevel Analysis.

Stephanie A. Bohon

Senior Service Fellow, National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta Branch.

Elizabeth Ashley East

MA

“The Politics of Protection and Promotion: the Case of the Coal Industry in Environmental Politics.”

Robert Emmet Jones

Lecturer, University of Tennessee

Beth Allen Easterling

PhD

Parenting Behind Bars: A Qualitative Study of Incarcerated Mothers.

Lois Presser

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Andrew Augustus Gunnoe

PhD

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Finance and Managerial Control in the US Forest Products Industry, 1945-2008.

Paul K. Gellert

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Maryville College, Maryville, TN

Liam Vangsnes Hysjulien

MA

“Growing a Local Movement: New Social Movements, Food, and Activism.”

Jon Shefner

Advisor, Dept. of Political Science, UTK

Robert Michael Keeton

PhD

"To Preserve This Much-Injured Race": Techniques of Neutralization and Indian Removal, 1829-1831.

Lois Presser

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Pellissippi State Community College

Jenna Ann Lamphere

MA

“Understanding Biotechnology: Conceptualizing and Measuring US Public Concern.”

Robert Emmet Jones & Stephanie Bohon

Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Galveston

James N. Maples

PhD

Changes in US Ethnic Niches, 2005-2010

Stephanie A. Bohon

Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Steven Alfonso Panageotou

MA

“The Global Debt Minotaur: An Analysis of the Greek Financial Crisis.”

Harry Dahms/Jon Shefner

Lecturer, University of Tennessee

Jennifer Rhiannon Scroggins

PhD

Gender, Social Ties, And Reentry Experiences.

Hoan N. Bui

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Montana State University Billings.

William Vaughan Taylor

MA

“Short-Term Missions: Reinforcing Beliefs and Legitimating Poverty.”

Jon Shefner

Assistant Professor, Chattanooga State Community College

Nicholas Ryan Zeller

MA

“New Means, Old Ends? World Bank Governmentality in ailand and Lao People's Democratic Republic.”

Paul K. Gellert

Ph.D. student, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Kimberly Louise Davis

PhD

The Role of “Sense of Place:” A Theoretical Framework to Aid Urban Forest Policy Decision-Making.

Robert Emmet Jones

Senior Research Associate, Energy, Environment, and Resources Center (EERC), University of Tennessee

George Christopher Gondo

MA

“Mediating Justice: Toward A Critical-Reflexive Sociology.”

Harry F. Dahms

Director, Research and Grants, The Amputee Coalition

Larry Curtis Long

MA

“Education & Crime: A Study in Student Perceptions of Culpability.”

Stephanie Bohon

Assistant Director Transfer Admissions, University of Tennessee

Rahim Manji

MA

“Passivity: Looking at Bystanding Through the Lens of Criminological Theory.”

Lois Presser

Law Associate, Corporate Department, Davis-Polk Law Firm

Carmel Elizabeth Price

PhD

Women and the Environment: Mediating and Moderating Effects of Gender and Demographic Characteristics of Environmental Concern.

Stephanie A. Bohon

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Stacey U. Tucker

PhD

Unto the Least of These: The Pentecostal Church and Social Ministry.

Asafa Jalata

Owner, To Be Healthy Today, Cleveland, Tennessee

Shane Montgomery Willson

MA

“The Financial Crisis as an Expression of Macrohistorical Trends: World Hegemony, Neoliberal Globalization, and Financialization in 21st Century Capitalism.”

Jon Shefner

Ph.D student, U Kansas Sociology

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

John Hamilton Bradford

PhD

Systems, Social Order, and the Global Debt Crisis.

Harry F. Dahms

Associate Professor of Sociology, Mississippi Valley State University

Justin James Gann

MA

“Regulating the Global Politico-Economic Order: The Functioning of the Development Assistance Provision Regime.”

Jon Shefner

Eric Royal Lybeck

MA

“Modernity, Capitalism, and War: Toward a Sociology of War in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914.”

Harry F. Dahms

Lecturer (Sociology), University of Exeter

Harwood Schaffer

PhD

The Assumption of Non-coerciveness and the Total Food Market.

Asafa Jalata

Research Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resources Economics, University of Tennessee.

Alexander M. Stoner

MA

“Georgian's Reaction to Water Shortage: Water Conservation Behavior during the 2007 Drought.”

R. Scott Frey

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Salisbury University

Sarah Gwynne Whiteford

PhD

Adolescent Female Substance Use: An Examination of Male Peer Influences and Parental Control.

Suzaanne B. Kurth

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Midway University

James L. Wright

PhD

"Rapping About Authenticity": Exploring the Differences in Perceptions of "Authenticity" in Rap Music by Consumers.

Suzaanne B. Kurth

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Dalton State University.

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Regina White Benedict

PhD

Giving Back Not Giving Up: Generativity Among Older Female Inmates.

Lois Presser

Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Maryville College

Meghan Elizabeth Conley

MA

“The Construction of Social Networks of Support in a New Latino Gateway”

Stephanie A. Bohon

Director of Community Relations at Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

Dima Noggo Sarbo

PhD

Contested Legitimacy: Coercion and the State in Ethiopia.

Jon Shefner

Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Shannon D. Williams

MA

“The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas: Rethinking Economic Integration After the Failures of Neoliberalism.”

Paul Gellert

continued on for PhD in our department.

 

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Robert Randall Adams

PhD

"Migrating Money: Remittances in a Global Setting"

Stephanie A. Bohon

Associate Professor, LaGrange College.

Sarah E. Hendricks

MA

“Skin Color Bias in the Immigration Process: A Multi-Methods Approach.”

Stephanie A. Bohon

see below

James Nathaniel Maples

MA

“Industrial Concentration and Quality of Life”

Stephanie A. Bohon

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University.

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Erin Maureen Austin

MA

“Media, Accounts, and Coherence: ‘De Facto’ Impression Management of a Transgressing Sport Star in e Chicago Tribune.”

Lois Presser

Erika Lynn Borek

MA

“Does National Policy Influence Individual Car Driving Behavior: A Cross-National Study of the European Union.”

Stephanie Bohon

Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania

John Hamilton Bradford

MA

“The Falling Rate of Profit Thesis Reassessed: Toward a Sociology of Marx’s Value Theory of Labor.”

Harry F. Dahms

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi Valley State University

Nancy D. Brannon

PhD

Groundwater: A Community’s Management of the Invaluable Resource Beneath its Feet.

Sherry Cable

 

Casey E. Cordy

MA

“Counterterrorism and the Deterrence Doctrine.”

Jon Shefner

Senior Investigative Case Manager at The Robinson Group.

Angel Dawn Geoghagan

PhD

Felony Disenfranchisement Legislation: A Test of the Group Threat Hypothesis.

Hoan Bui

 

Banu Aysu Kocer

PhD

Eight Karats of Justice: Analysis of the Grassroots Resistance Movement Against Goldmining in the Villages of Bergama, Turkey.

Sherry Cable

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yeditepe University in Turkey.

Brian Harold Langley

MA

“Meth Epidemic in Rural Tennessee: Construction of a Social Problem.”

Jon Shefner

Independent Private Investigator, Knoxville, TN

Katherine Leigh Morris

MA

“From Gay Street to Turkey Creek: Knoxville’s Urban and Suburban Growth Machines.”

Jon Shefner

Professor, Sociology, Pellissippi State, Knoxville

Julie A. Schluterman

PhD

The Social Ecology of Parenting: Systematically Modeling the Antecedents of Supportive and Intrusive Parenting.

Brian K. Barber

Associate Professor of Sociology at Arkansas Tech University.

William R. Wishart

MA

“Extraction, Ecology, Exploitation, and Oppression: The Political Economy of Coal in Appalachia.”

Robert E. Jones

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Creighton University

Name Degree Thesis/Dissertation Title Major Professor Current Position

Heith Copes

PhD

Finding a Ride: Decision-Making among Auto Thieves.

Neil Shover

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham


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