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Selected Biographies of Ph.D. Alumni

Boston College Sociology Department

Eitan Alimi

Eitan Alimi, Ph.D. 2004

Eitan Alimi is an Assistant Professor of Political Sociology and head of the Master’s Program on Democracy and Politics in Israel at Hebrew University, located in Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests include social movements/contentious politics and conflict resolution.  He has numerous publications on the topics of cultural dynamics of protest politics, processes of radicalization, political violence and terrorism, and media discourse and peace building—as they apply to single cases and across cases. Alimi won the Emerald’s Outstanding Article Award of Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change in 2012 for his article, co-authored with Liora Norwich, “Learning from Failures: Why and How Scale Shift failed to Launch—Evidence from the Case of the Israeli-Arab Land Day” (published in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change in 2011) and an Outstanding Book in English on Israeli Politics Award in 2008 from the Israeli Political Science Association for his book Israeli Politics and the First Palestinian Intifada: Political Opportunities, Framing Processes, and Contentious Politics (Routledge 2010).


Esteban Calvo

Esteban Calvo, Ph.D. 2009

Esteban Calvo is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Master’s in Public Policy Program at the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. He has also served as a consultant for the United Nations, the government of Chile, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Center for Retirement Research. He has numerous articles on the topics of aging and the life course, social epidemiology, public policy, subjective well-being, and quantitative methods.  In 2009, he won the Retirement Research Foundation Laurence G. Branch Award from the Section on Gerontological Health of the American Association of Public Health, and in 2010, he won the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology of the American Sociological Association. Calvo’s work has been recognized in: La Tercera, U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Business Week, CNN Chile, and CNN International.


Jared Del-Rosso

Jared Del Rosso, Ph.D. 2012

Jared Del Rosso is a 2012 graduate of the Boston College Ph.D. program and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His dissertation explored issues of culture and knowledge in recent U.S. political debates about detainee abuse, torture, and interrogation policy. He is particularly interested in the social processes by which political communities assign meaning to their own acts of violence and the suffering that it causes.

More broadly, his research and teaching interests are in cultural sociology, the sociology of knowledge, social control, state violence, and qualitative methods. His work has appeared in Social Problems, Symbolic Interaction, and Sexualities.  Rosso is the author of “The Textual Mediation of Official Denial: Congress, Abu Ghraib, and the Construction of an Isolated Incident,” which received the Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 2009.


Danielle Egan

Danielle Egan, Ph.D. 2000

Danielle Egan is the Department Coordinator and a Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Lawrence University. Her recent book Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal of Girls and Sexualization (Polity Press, 2013) was named book of the week by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and has been reviewed and/or featured in The Guardian and The Australian. She also authored Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love: The Relationships between Exotic Dancers and their Regulars (Macmillan, 2006); and co-authored Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity (Palgrave-Macmillan 2010). Danielle has written numerous other publications on the topics of gender, youth, sexuality, and popular culture, and her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and on NPR’s Good Parenting Radio.


Michelle Gawerc

Michelle Gawerc, Ph.D. 2010

Michelle I. Gawerc is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of Prefiguring Peace: Israeli-Palestinian Peace-building Partnerships (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010), a study of peacebuilding among Israeli and Palestinian youths. Gawerc has also published several articles including: “Peacebuilding: Theoretical and Concrete Perspectives” in Peace and Change: A Peace Journal and “The Al-Aksa Intifada: Revealing the Chasm” (with Alan Dowty) in Middle East Review of International Affairs. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including a United States-Israel Educational Foundation Fulbright Fellowship, a Graduate Research Fellowship from Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and a United Nations Memorial Fellowship Award from the American Sociological Association's Peace War and Social Conflict Section. Gawerc’s intellectual work has been driven by her dedication to peace, justice, and understanding.  In the last fifteen years, she has been involved as a facilitator in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue with teachers and high school students in Israel-Palestine, in German-Polish-Jewish dialogue with young adults in Osweicim (Auschwitz), Poland, and in diversity dialogues with university and secondary school students in the United States.


Adria Goodson

Adria D. Goodson, Ph.D. 2006

Adria Goodson is the Chief Program Officer and Chief Learning Officer for Hunt Alternatives Fund. She manages the “Prime Movers: Cultivating Social Capital” program and supervises the other domestic program teams, including ARTWorks for Kids, Demand Abolition, and Political Parity. Adria’s parents, who were active in the black civil rights movement, seeded her interest in social movements. This interest intensified into a lifetime passion through her Jesuit high school education, and her volunteer involvement with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s anti-racism efforts and Industrial Areas Foundation mobilization efforts. Over the course of her career, Adria has worked with foundations and nonprofits to help them strategically support leaders who are seeking to create a more just society and world. She has worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s After School Project, The Hestia Fund, Resource Generation, and the Boston College Media Research and Action Project.


Avery Gordon

Avery Gordon, Ph.D. 1990

Avery Gordon is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People (Paradigm, 2004), as well as numerous articles and two co-edited volumes). Her work focuses on radical thought in action and most recently she has been writing about captivity, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them.  In 2012, she was the Anna Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin where she worked on a collaborative project with Ines Schaber exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13). Since 1997, she has co-hosted No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara.


Anders Hayden

Anders Hayden, Ph.D. 2010

Anders Hayden is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University. He is the author of Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time and Consumption & Ecology (Zed Books, 2000). Hayden has numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of social and political responses to climate change, the successes and limits of the European Union and the United Kingdom as relative leaders in ecological modernization, and climate action policies and initiatives to reduce hours of work, which are a key part of a sufficiency-oriented political vision. He has worked with non-governmental organizations involved in issues of human rights, a reduction and redistribution of work time, social justice, and international development.


William Hoynes

William Hoynes, Ph.D. 1992

William Hoynes is a Professor of Sociology at Vassar College.  He won the 2002 Robert Picard Book Award for The Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest (Pine Forge Press, 2005) from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the 1995 Goldsmith Book Prize for Public Television for Sale: Media, the Market, and the Public Sphere (Westview, 1994) from the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy. He is also co-author of Experience Sociology (McGraw-Hill, 2013); Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences (Pine Forge Press, 2002); and By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Political Debate (Open Press, 1994). He has also authored many articles on the topics of media and society, sociology of culture, social movements / social change, and political sociology.


Kelly Joyce

Kelly A. Joyce, Ph.D. 2001

Kelly A. Joyce is the Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research for the College of Arts and Sciences; Director of the Master’s Program in Science, Technology and Society; and a Professor in the History and Politics Department at Drexel University. Dr. Joyce has written many articles in the areas of medical sociology, science and technology studies, sociology of aging, and qualitative methods. She is author of Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency (Cornell University Press, 2008), which won the 2010 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. She is also co-editor of Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Ageing, Technology, and Science Lens (John Wiley, 2010). In addition to various teaching awards, in 2007 Joyce won the Honorable Mention of the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History, sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology, for “From Number to Pictures: The Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Visual Turn in Medicine,” published in Science as Culture in 2006. In 2011, she won the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for contributing to the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program.


Alfonso Latoni

Alfonso R. Latoni, Ph.D. 2000

Alfonso R. Latoni is currently the Scientific Review Administrator for the Center for Scientific Review’s Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study Section in the Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes Integrated Review Group, in the Division of Clinical and Population-Based Studies of the NIH. On first coming to CSR, he served as Scientific Review Administrator in the Health of the Population Integrated Review Group. He came to CSR from the Scientific Review Office of the National Institute on Aging, where he was the Scientific Review Administrator for the Behavior and Social Science of Aging Study Section. Prior to joining NIH, from 2000 to 2002, Latoni was Program Director of the Minority Affairs Program of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Program Director of ASA’s Minority Fellowship Program, a T32 Institutional Research Training grant supported by NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health. Previously, from 1986 to 2000, he was Associate Professor of Sociology and Applied Social Research at the Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayagüez. During the past decade, Latoni’s primary research interests have been at the intersection of social and economic health inequalities and disparities among underrepresented populations, with particular emphasis on the underclass, the elderly, and the homeless.


Patricia Leavy

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. 2002

Patricia Leavy is currently working as a full-time author after leaving her position at Stonehill College as a Tenured Associate Professor. She is the author of various books: Fiction as Qualitative Research (Left Coast Press, CA, forthcoming); Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies (Left Coast Press, 2011); Low-Fat Love (a science fiction novel published by Sense publishers in 2011); Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford Press, 2008); and Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History (Lexington Books, 2007). She has also written numerous articles on the topics of gender, body image, sexuality, and popular culture.  Leavy is the winner of the 2010 New England Sociologist of the Year Award by the New England Sociological Association. Leavy recently spoke as an Invited Panelist at BNY Mellon International Women’s Day Event alongside Rosie Rios, US Treasurer, on the objectification, misrepresentation, and under-representation of women in the media and the impact of this on females’ identity development. Leavy is also the series editor for the cutting-edge Sense Publishers book series Social Fictions. In addition to her book writing and editing, Leavy regularly contributes to the Huffington Post as well as to other media.


Seil Oh

Seil Oh, Ph.D. 2011

Seil Oh, S.J. is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. Oh specializes in sociology of religion, spirituality, culture, and quantitative methods. His research interests include: spirituality and the tension between individualism and social integration, spirituality and social movements, as well as different modes of spirituality beyond the traditional distinctions of secular versus religious. He is co-author, with Natalia Sarkisian, of “Spiritual Individualism or Engaged Spirituality? Social Implications of Holistic Spirituality among Mind-Body-Spirit Practitioners,” published in Sociology of Religion in 2012.


Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, Ph.D. 1991

Charlotte Ryan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she is affiliated with the Center for Family, Work, and Community. Dr. Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grassroots Organizing (South End Press, 1999) and co-editor of Rhyming Hope and History: Academics, Activists and Social Movement Scholarship (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). Dr. Ryan studies how social groups organize for change, paying particular attention to the role of mass media and communication in those change efforts. She collaborates with regional and national social movement organizations by working to integrate movement and communication strategies. Her recent research projects have focused on how unions, domestic violence groups, and community-based organizations integrate strategic communications into broader change strategies.


Leah Schmalzbauer

Leah Schmalzbauer, Ph.D. 2004

Leah Schmalzbauer is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Anthropology with a joint appointment in American Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Striving and Surviving: A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families (Routledge, 2005). Dr. Schmalzbauer is also the author of many articles on international migration, transnational families, new migrant destinations, gender and migration, globalization, rural sociology, and race, class, and gender. She received the 2011 Rural Sociology Best Paper Award for her article entitled “Doing Gender, Ensuring Survival: Mexican Migration and Economic Crisis in the Rural Mountain West,” (published by Rural Sociology in 2011). Dr. Schmalzbauer has also won various teaching excellence awards including the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Montana State University (2012) and the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award, Montana State University (2012). She is currently completing a five year study of gender and family formation among Mexican migrants in the rural Mountain West, and is spending the 2012-2013 academic year as a visiting scholar at CIESAS in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Ce Shen

Ce Shen, Ph.D. 1996

Ce Shen is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work of Boston College. He has written numerous articles on cross-national comparative studies in the fields of social development, specifically: governance and corruption, infant/child mortality, maternal mortality, women’s status, mental health, and aging and social welfare policy in international and cross-cultural contexts. In 2007, Dr. Shen received a Certification of Recognition and an Honorable Professorship by the Shenyang Institute of Engineering, located in Shenyang, China.


Richard Swedberg

Richard Swedberg, Ph.D. 1978

Richard Swedberg is a Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, Department of Sociology. Swedberg has contributed extensively to the literature on economic sociology, law and the economy, sociological theory, and classical sociological theories. He is the author of numerous books, including: Tocqueville’s Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 2009); Principles of Economic Sociology (Princeton University Press, 2003); Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology (Princeton University Press, 1998),which was selected as one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books in 1999; Joseph A. Schumpeter: His Life and Work (Princeton University Press, 1991); and Economics and Sociology: On Redefining Their Boundaries (Princeton University Press, 1990); He is also the editor and co-editor of numerous books, including The Handbook of Economic Sociology (Princeton University Press, 2005), among many others.


Javier Trevino

A. Javier Treviño, Ph.D. 1990

A. Javier Treviño is a Jane Oxford Keiter Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College, teaching courses in Sociological Theory, Sociology of Law, Criminology, Deviance and Social Control, and Latino Communities. Since 2012, he has also been has been a Department Resource Group Consultant at the American Sociological Association. He was President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Academic Year 2010-2011, when he focused on service, civic engagement, and activism. Treviño is author of The Social Thought of C. Wright Mills (Sage, 2011) and The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (Worth Publications, 1996). He is also the editor of many volumes including: Classic Writings in Law and Society (Transaction Publishers, 2007); Talcott Parsons Today: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001); and many others. Treviño has numerous articles published on the topics of service sociology, social theory, sociology of law, deviance and social control, and criminology. He has twice received the Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title for The Sociology of Law and Talcott Parsons Today, in 2003 and 2001 respectively. He is currently writing a textbook on social problems.