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Jacob Apkarian

Research Interests: Organizations, Economic Sociology, Social Networks, Political Economy, Quantitative Methods & Statistics

Dissertation Title: Assessing Creditworthiness: An Institutional Analysis of the Corporate Bond Rating Industry

Dissertation Committee: Robert Hanneman (Chair), Raymond Russell, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Matthew Mahutga

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Caryn Bell Gerstenberger

Research Interests: Intimate Partner Violence, Criminology, Gender, Inequality, and Gender & Crime

Dissertation Title: Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence: An Analysis of Violence Among Gay Men

Dissertation Committee: Robert Nash Parker (chair), Kirk R. Williams, and Tanya Nieri

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Matthew Grindal

Research Interests: Ethnic Identity, Ethnic-Racial Socialization, Theories of Criminal Offending, Race and Crime, Public Health, Identity Theory, Social Identity Theory

Dissertation Title: A Theoretical Development of the Relationship between Ethnic Identity and Psychological Health

Dissertation Committee: Peter J. Burke (Char), Tanya Nieri, Jan E. Stets, and Scott Savage

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Paul Peterson

Research Areas: Political Economy, Economic Sociology, Sociological Theory, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Dissertation Title: Financialization and Its Contexts: An Analysis of Political Economy Competition, Deregulation, and Ideology

Dissertation Committee: Matthew Mahutga (co-chair), Christopher Chase-Dunn (co-chair), Raymond Russell

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Natasha Radojcic

Research Interests: Social change, Social inequalities, Gender, Qualitative Methods, Sexualities

Dissertation Title: Heretical Queers and the Struggle for LGBT Equality in Anti-Gay Institutions

Dissertation Committee: Katja Guenther (chair), Karen Pyke, Ellen Reese

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Anthony Roberts

Research Areas: Global Political Economy, World Polity, Income Inequality, and Labor Market Institutions

Dissertation: The Embedded Economy and National Income Inequality: A Cross-National Analysis of Developed and Developing Countries, 1980-2010.

Dissertation Committee: Christopher Chase-Dunn (Co-Chair), Matthew Mahutga (Co-Chair), and Robert Hanneman

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Elizabeth Anne Gervais Schwarz

Research Interests: Social Change, Communication, Environmental Sociology, Inequalities, Gender, Culture, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Dissertation Title: Visual Activism? The Case of Conservation Photography

Dissertation Committee: Katja Guenther (Chair), Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., Ellen Reese

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Jason Struna

Research Interests: Global political economy, sociological theory, labor process sociology, the sociology of the global system, and global class formation.

 Dissertation Title: Handling Globalization: Labor, Capital, and Class in the Globalized Warehouse and Distribution Center.

Dissertation Committee: Katja Guenther and Ellen Reese (Co-Chairs), Christopher Chase-Dunn, and Raymond Russell.

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Erin Wolbeck

Research Interests: Sexual Offenses and Offenders, Criminal Justice Policy, and Juvenile Delinquency

Dissertation Title: “A Spatial Examination of Residency Restriction Legislation: The Impact of Social Disorganization and Social Services"

Committee: Robert Nash Parker (Chair), David A. Sawnson, Tanya Nieri

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