Department of Sociology

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: Information on our graduates is divided into sections for PhD students and MA students.

Ph.D. Graduates

Name (Year) Dissertation Committee Chair Current Position
Randall Adams
"Migrating Money: Remittances in a Global Setting" Dr. Stephanie Bohon Assistant Professor of Sociology, LaGrange College
Regina Benedict "Giving Back Not Giving Up: Generativity Among Older Female Inmates." Dr. Lois Presser
Department of Liberal Arts (Sociology), Pellissippi State Technical Community College
John Bradford
  Dr. Harry F. Dahms University of Alabama, Huntsville Dept. of Sociology
Meghan Conley
"Immigrant Rights in the Nuevo South:  Enforcement and Resistance at the Borderlands of Illegality" Dr. Stephanie Bohon Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Wanjun Cui
"The Effect of Race on Crime: A Multilevel Analysis" Dr. Stephanie Bohon

Postdoctoral Fellowship (from ORISE)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Kimberly Davis
  Dr. Robert (Bobby) E. Jones Ph.D. 2011 P.E. is a Senior Environmental Engineer at Spectra Tech, Inc. in Oak Ridge TN (a engineering, environmental, and nuclear services company)
Beth Easterling
"Parenting from Prison: A Qualitative Study of Incarcerated Mothers in Kentucky" Dr. Lois Presser

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Gallaudet University

Andrew Gunnoe
"Financial Forests: A Financial Political Economy of the US Forest Products Industry, 1945 to the Present" Dr. Paul K. Gellert

Postdoctoral Scholar, Auburn University
Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Sarah Hendricks
"Mobility and Isolation: Latino Immigrant Adjustment in Atlanta, Georgia" Dr. Stephanie Bohon Adjunct Instructor, Department of Sociology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Robert Keeton
"Social Forces, Social Actors, and Jackson's Policy of Indian Removal: Toward an Interdisciplinary Integrated Theory of Genocide and Atrocity" Dr. Lois Presser Assistant Professor and Program Director
Department of Criminal Justice
Lincoln Memorial University
James Maples
"Changes in US Ethnic Niches, 2005-2010" Dr. Stephanie Bohon Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Behavioral Sciences
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Carmel Price
"Women and the Environment:  Mediating and Moderating Effects of Gender and Demographic Characteristics of Environmental Concern" Dr. Stephanie Bohon post-doctoral fellow with the Shi Center for Sustainability, Furman University
Aaron Routhe
"Religion’s Influence on Environmental Concern: U. S. Evangelicals’ Construction of Climate Change Perceptions" Dr. Sherry Cable  
Aaron Rowland
"How Left a Turn? Legacies of the Neoliberal State in Latin America" Dr. Jon Shefner Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Behavioral Sciences
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Dima Sarbo "Contested Legitimacy: Coercion and the State in Ethiopia" Dr. Jon Shefner Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship
Jennifer Scroggins
"Gender, Social Ties, and Prisoners' Reentry Experiences"

Dr. Hoan Bui

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Montana State University - Billings

Alex Stoner
"Sociobiophysicality, Cold War, and Critical Theory: Human-Ecological Transformation and Contemporary Ecological Subjectivity" Dr. Harry F. Dahms Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Salisbury University, Maryland
Sarah Whiteford
"Adolescent Female Substance Use: An Examination of Male Peer Influences and Parental Control "

Dr. Suzanne Kurth

Assistant Professor of Sociologyat Hartwick College
Julie Wiest
"Creating Cultural Monsters: A Critical Analysis of the Representation of Serial Murderers in America." Dr. Suzanne Kurth Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Chester University (West Chester, PA)

M.A. Graduates

Name (Year) Thesis Committee Chair Current Employer or Program
Lanier Basenberg "Conflicts and Compromises: College-Aged Women Talk about Sex and Sexuality" Dr. Lois Presser PhD program, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University
Meghan Conley "The Construction of Social Networks of Support in a New Latino Gateway" Dr. Stephanie Bohon PhD program, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lyndsay Dawson "Stewards of the Mountains: A Case Study of the Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship, a Faith-Based Environmental Organization" Dr. Sherry Cable  
Liam Hysjulien    

Regional Field Director, East TN
Tennessee Democratic Party

Aaron Rowland "From Authoritarian Dirty War to Neoliberal, 'Democratic' Class War: Neoliberalism and Class Struggle in Argentina" Dr. Jon Shefner PhD program, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Amber Scott "Water Conservation Behaviors in Georgia:  The Effects of Place" Dr. Stephanie Bohon Mayoral Aide, Lenoir City, TN
Kayla Stover “I am Working for the Good Guys:” Street-Level Enforcement of the Clean Water Act in East Tennessee" Dr. Sherry Cable PhD program, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Shane Willson    

PhD student
University of Kansas

Nicholas Zeller "New Means, Old Ends? World Bank Governmentality in Thailand and Lao People's Democratic Republic" Dr. Paul K. Gellert

MA student
Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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