Ph.D. Alumni

Below are professional biographies of some of our Ph.D. graduates.

Eitan Alimi, Ph.D. 2004

Eitan Alimi, Ph.D. 2004

Eitan Alimi is an Associate Professor of Sociology 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, Ph.D. 2009

Esteban Calvo, Ph.D. 2009

Esteban Calvo is an Professor and Director at the Society and Health Research Center at the Universidad Mayor in 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, Ph.D. 2012

Jared Del Rosso, Ph.D. 2012

Jared Del Rosso is an Associate 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, Ph.D. 2000

Danielle Egan, Ph.D. 2000

Danielle Egan is the Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies at Connecticut College. 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, Ph.D. 2010

Michelle Gawerc, Ph.D. 2010

Michelle I. Gawerc is an Associate Professor of Sociology 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 D. Goodson, Ph.D. 2006

Adria D. Goodson, Ph.D. 2006

Adria Goodson is the Deputy Director 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, Ph.D. 1990

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, Ph.D. 2010

Anders Hayden, Ph.D. 2010

Anders Hayden is an Associate 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, Ph.D. 1992

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 A. Joyce, Ph.D. 2001

Kelly A. Joyce, Ph.D. 2001

Kelly A. Joyce is Professor of Sociology 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 R. Latoni, Ph.D. 2000

Alfonso R. Latoni, Ph.D. 2000

Dr. Alfonso R. Latoni is Chief of the Scientific Review Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in the Division of Extramural Research and Training, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Prior to joining the NIEHS in 2013, Dr. Latoni was Deputy Chief of Review in the Scientific Review Branch of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2008 to 2013. From 2005 to 2008, he served in the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at NIH, where he was a Scientific Review Officer in the Health of the Population Integrated Review Group, and later in the Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes Integrated Review Group, where he was responsible for the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study Section. From 2002 to 2005, he served in the NIA Scientific Review Office as the Scientific Review Administrator of the Behavior and Social Science of Aging Study Section.

Betsy Leondar-Wright

Betsy Leondar-Wright, Ph.D. 2012

Betsy Leondar-Wright is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lasell College. Her dissertation research turned into a book, Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures (Cornell University Press 2014), which analyzes how activists of different classes approach organizational problems. Working with the nonprofit Class Action (www.classism.org), she did a 30-event book tour in 14 cities over seven months; most of the events were participatory popular education workshops on bridging activist class cultures. Her previous non-academic book, Class Matters, also focused on the class dynamics of social movement organizations. Before returning to the graduate program in 2006, she was the Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy for nine years. She worked for Class Action as Program Director from 2010 to 2015, and remains a board member and senior trainer. She co-founded the Class Cultures Caucus of the Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA). Among her recent and forthcoming articles are chapters in Teaching Economic Inequality and Capitalism in Contemporary America (Spring 2018); Stepping Out of Academe (Rutgers 2019); and The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (Routledge 2019). At Lasell she teaches courses on social movement strategy, activist skills, research methods, race and racism, and educational inequality. Her most unusual course, Action for Social Justice, in which all the students agree on an issue and plan and carry out a campaign for change during the semester, was pioneered in the BC Sociology Department

Seil Oh, Ph.D. 2011

Seil Oh, Ph.D. 2011

Seil Oh, S.J. is a 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.

Leah Schmalzbauer, Ph.D. 2004

Leah Schmalzbauer, Ph.D. 2004

Leah Schmalzbauer is a William R. Kenan Professor of American Studies and Sociology 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.

John Shandra

John Shandra, Ph.D. 2005

John M. Shandra is an Associate Professor of Sociology and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research examines how globalization shapes the natural environment and health in low- and middle-income nations with focus on World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and African Development Bank lending. John has published over fifty articles since graduating from Boston College in 2005. His research has appeared in Social Science Research, International Sociology, Environmental Sociology, and Social Science and Medicine. At Boston College, John co-authored many articles with faculty members especially Professor John B. Williamson. He has taken this model of mentoring to Stony Brook where he writes extensively with graduate and undergraduate students.

Ce Shen, Ph.D. 1996

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.

Jeffrey Stokes

Jeffrey Stokes, Ph.D. 2017

Jeffrey Stokes is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also a Fellow at the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. His research program centers on social aspects of aging and health. This includes work on the effects of neighborhood context for older adults’ well-being, as well as analysis of the ramifications of intergenerational, marital, and social relationships for health and well-being in mid- and later life. His work has been published in journals such as The Gerontologist, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Aging & Mental Health. He is also a member of the editorial board for the journal Research on Aging. Stokes’ research has received media attention from Bloomberg News and Science of Relationships, as well as the Relationship Matters podcast.

Richard Swedberg, Ph.D. 1978

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.

A. Javier Treviño, Ph.D. 1990

A. Javier Treviño, Ph.D. 1990

A. Javier Treviño is a 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.