2019-2020 Student Accomplishments

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We have had an amazing year full of student accomplishments! Here is a taste of what we have accomplished as a department in the past 12 months: 

  • 99 undergraduate majors will be graduating this spring semester
  • 2 undergraduate majors have successfully defended their Honors Theses
  • 5 graduate students have completed their MAs
  • 4 graduate students have defended their dissertation prospectuses
  • 2 graduate students have successfully defended their dissertations

Our undergraduate majors will be utilizing their degrees in a broad array of jobs upon graduation and many are beginning graduate school in the fall! From JDs, MSWs, working in non-profit, the financial and health sectors, police officers, and more! These graduates include:

  • Kali Alexakos, future JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Nicole Bennett, future JD from Penn State Law School
  • Tori Beyer, future JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Taylor Brooks, Residential Officer at the Lary A. Nelson Center
  • Kei Demand, Analyst for Kohl’s Corporate
  • Candace Enis, Peace Officer for Madison’s Police Department
  • Catherine Fries, Youth Counselor at Four Oaks
  • Luke Harkness, Nursing Assistant
  • Alec Helmkamp, Financial Advisor Trainee for Northwestern Mutual
  • Elisabeth Hoeper, future JD from the University of Iowa College of Law
  • Joshua Hoover, United States Army Second Lieutenant
  • Calissa Hoye, future Master of Social Work from California Baptist University
  • Megan Hynd, Research Fellow for the NIH/NIMH
  • Rhiana Johnson, Wells Fargo Teller
  • Desiree Johnson, Snohomish, WA 911 Dispatch
  • Tyler Korte, United States Army Infantry
  • Emily Lohman, future Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis
  • Madison Magnall, Witness Coordinator for the United States District Court
  • Allison McManus, Community NeuroRehab
  • Daniel (John Meade, United States Army Military Police Officer
  • Jacqueline Medrano, City Year AmeriCorps Member
  • Shawnee Molck, Shelter House, Fresh Starts Supervisor and Job Coach
  • Elizabeth Monroe, North Liberty Police Officer
  • Lindsay Palmer, Balance Autism Behavior Technician
  • Jaclyn Peyton, Primerica Financial Advisor
  • McKenna Raimer, future JD from the University of Iowa College of Law
  • Hanah Rakofsky, future Master in School Counseling from the University of Iowa
  • Deana Roth, Council Bluffs Police Officer
  • Madison Seefeldt, future degree in Elementary Education from National Louis University
  • Alexis Sevillian, future Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa

Graduate students have also been quite busy this year publishing and presenting their research:

Hannah Espy. “The Politics of Success.” Chicago Ethnography Conference.

Michael Sauder, Hannah Espy, and Jay Sorensen. “Luck and Inequality.” American Sociological Annual Meeting.

Kaniz Fatema. “Does Women’s Autonomy Have Any Roles in Reproductive Healthcare-seeking Behavior in Rural Bangladesh?” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

Kaniz Fatema and Joseph Lariscy. “Mass Media Exposure and Maternal Healthcare Utilization in South Asia.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting.

Kelly Guinn. “Teachers, Parents, School Misconduct, and Delinquency: A Labeling Theory Approach.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Ji Hye Kim. “Multiple Value Circles.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Ji Hye Kim. “Multiple Value Circles.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

Yujia Lyu. “How Do You See Them: Moral Boundary Drawing in Daily Cross-Class Encounters.” Midwestern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Rachel Maller. “A Relational Approach to Understanding the Quality and Impact of Student- Teacher Relationships.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Rachel Maller. "Identity-Based Bullying in Context." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Hansini Munasinghe.Return Migration During a Pandemic.” In Contexts special issue on Inequality during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Nicole Oehmen. “Bounded, Bourgeois, and Breaching Burlesque: Agency and Opportunity Structure in the Polysemous Production of Contemporary Burlesque.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Elaine Arnull, Karen Heimer, and Jihye Park. “Girls in the Juvenile Justice System in England and Wales, 2002-2017.” European Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Karen Heimer and Jihye Park. “Gender and Imprisonment in the United States: An Analysis of States over Time.” British Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Jihye Park. 2019. “Women’s Socioeconomic Status and Victimization.” The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime.

Jihye Park, Karen Heimer, and Philip Levchak. “Politics, Welfare, and the Social Context of Women’s Imprisonment and Probation: An Analysis of States over Time.” American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

James C. Wo and Jihye Park. 2020. “An Examination of Schools, Social Ecological Factors, and Neighborhood Crime.” The British Journal of Criminology.

Inga Popovaite. "Gendered Coworking Networks in MDRS Mars simulations." Poster presentation at Space Science in Context virtual conference.

Inga Popovaite. “Next Destination – Mars.” Invited talk at "What’s Next? 2020" Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Inga Popovaite. “Men are for Mars? Gender and Status in Space Analog Environments”. Presentation at the Midwestern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Inga Popovaite. “Data Science for Mars.” Presentation at the 22nd International Mars Society Convention.

Inga Popovaite. “What the 2010s Taught Us about Women in Space.” Space News.

Inga Popovaite.Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation” The Conversation.

Jennifer L. Glanville and Qianyi Shi. 2019. "The Extension of Particularized Trust to Generalized and out-Group Trust: The Constraining Role of Collectivism." Social Forces.

Qianyi Shi. “Organizing Online, Meeting Offline: Persistence and Growth of Political Groups on Meetup.com.” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

Jay Sorensen, Kathryn Rittenhour, and Hannah Espy. “Doing MeSearch: Positionality and Research.” Queer Studies Conference.

KaLeigh White, Rachel Maller, Sarah K. Bruch. "Discrimination All Around: Examining Social and Academic Consequences of Social Identity Discrimination in Higher Education." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

Lastly, Nicole Oehmen will be an Assistant Professor at Piedmont International University this Fall and is tasked with designing their new Sociology program!

Congratulations to all!

 

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