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Job Placements

Graduates of the program have traditionally obtained employment either in academic settings or in the rich variety of applied research opportunities available in the area. Among recent graduates, the balance has shifted somewhat in favor of academic jobs. For the 64 graduates for the 2005-2009 period for whom we have information, 72% have full-time teaching, research or staff positions in academia. Two more have visiting teaching positions. The academic positions include appointments at NYU, Middlebury, Univ. of Kansas, Morgan State, Cal State Northridge, Brooklyn college, John Jay College etc. Another 17% hold full-time research or applied positions. The placement record has markedly improved in the last few years, and we expect that this trend will continue.

Following is a list of recent job placements:

Cathy Borck has accepted a tenure track job at BMCC starting this fall. Cathy  plans to defend her dissertation, “The Myth of the Unteachable: Youth, Race, and the Capacity of Alternative Pedagogy” with Paul Attewell (chair), Michelle Fine, & Patricia Clough on her committee in summer.

Elizabeth Miller has accepted a position at Westchester Community College in the Department of Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public and Human Services.  Elizabeth defended her dissertation, "The Other Tribeca: Immigrant Work and Incorporation amid Affluence" with Nancy Foner (chair), Mitch Duneier, Bill Kornblum and Mehdi Bozorgmehr on her committee in August, 2013.

Alyson Spurgas has taken up a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology (with a teaching/research focus on Gender and Sexualities) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, just outside of St. Louis.  Alyson defended her dissertation "Circuits of Desire: Science, Therapy, Trauma, Femininity" with Victoria Pitts-Taylor (chair), Patricia Clough, and Barbara Katz Rothman in May.

Jessica Sperling who has headed the research/evaluation program at StoryCorps (a national oral history organization) since 2013  will be transitioning to a position in CUNY RF's Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support.  Jessica defended her dissertation, “Social Context and Perceived Belonging: A Comparative Study of Children of Immigrants in New York City and Madrid” with Richard Alba (chair), Cynthia Epstein, Nancy Foner, & Phil Kasinitz in Fall 2013.

Jared Hanneman has accepted a tenure track position at Thiel College in western Pennsylvania starting this fall.  Jared plans to defend his dissertation, “A Gift We Can't Keep Giving: The Prevalence and Consequence of Unpaid Labor by Educators" with Marnia Lazreg (chair), Paul Attewell, & Stanley Aronowitz this summer.

Amalia Leguizamón has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she will also be a Faculty Fellow at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Amalia defended her dissertation, "Roundup Ready Nation: The Political Ecology of Genetically Modified Soy in Argentina" with Ken Gould (chair), Jack Hammond, and Bill Kornblum in January 2014.

Kimberly Cunnigham has accepted a job as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University beginning Fall 2014. Kim is defending her dissertation  “(Remember) The Future: The Preemptive Governance of Memory in the Age of Mass Catastroph” with Patricia Clough (chair), Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Michelle Fine , & Jackie Orr (University of Syracuse).

CalvinJohn Smiley has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State University .  Calvin successfully defended his dissertation, "Existing But Not Living: Neo-Civil Death and The Carceral State" two days ago, with Juan Battle (Chair), David Brotherton, Lynn Chancer, & Jock Young (In Memoriam).

Katherine McLean has accepted a tenure-track position at Penn State Allegheny (their Pittsburgh campus), in Criminal Justice.  Katherine defended her dissertation, : "Reducing risk, producing selves: Drug use and identity in needle exchange, with Victoria Pitts-Taylor (chair), Barbara Katz Rothman, & Barry Spunt on her committee in Spring 2013.

Allison Goodman has accepted a position at James Madison University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  Allison defended her dissertation, "Renewal and Disposability: Projects and Narratives of Development and Dispossession in the 'new' New Orleans." With Robert Smith (chair), Michelle Fine and Bill Kornblum on her committee in October 2013.

Jesse Goldstein has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University starting in fall 14.  He plans to defend his dissertation, "Planetary Improvement: Discourses and Practices of Green Capitalism in the Clean tech Space" with Ken Gould (chair), Hester Eisenstein and Cindi Katz in May 2014.

Karen Gregory has started, beginning this semester, as Full Time Lecturer at City College's Center for Worker Education.   She plans to defend her dissertation, “Enchanted Entrepreneurs: The Labor of Esoteric Practitioners in New York City” with Patricia Clough (chair), Bill Kornblum, and Vincent Crapanzano in May 2014.

Kate Jenkins has accepted a job as Assistant prof of sociology at Winona State University in Minnesota.  Kate plans to defend her dissertation  "Autism Speaks Back" with Patricia (chair), Victoria and Barbara on her committee in April 2014.

Zoe Meleo-Erwin, a 2013 graduate, has just accepted a tenure-track position at Eastern Connecticut State University. Zoe was a visiting assistant professor at Hunter this fall.

Patrick Inglis, another 2013 graduate, has recently accepted the tenure-track offer at Grinnell College starting fall 2014.  Patrick is a Visiting Professor at Grinnell this year.

Bernadette Ludwig has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wagner College starting fall 2014. She is working on her dissertation, “America is Not the Heaven We Dream Of: Race, Gender, and Refugee Status among Liberians in Staten Island, New York” with Nancy Foner (chair), Philip Kasinitz, Holly Reed, and William Helmreich on her committee. - See more at: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Sociology/Current-Students#sthash.FtXS2B1H.dpuf

Bernadette Ludwig has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wagner College starting fall 2014. She is working on her dissertation, “America is Not the Heaven We Dream Of: Race, Gender, and Refugee Status among Liberians in Staten Island, New York” with Nancy Foner (chair), Philip Kasinitz, Holly Reed, and William Helmreich on her committee.

Soniya Munshi has accepted a full-time tenure track job at BMCC starting fall 13.  Soniya defended her dissertation,“NEGOTIATING VIOLENCE, NAVIGATING NEOLIBERALISM: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITIES IN POST-9/11 NEW YORK CITY” with Barbara Katz Rothman (Chair), Patricia Clough, & Hester Eisenstein on her committee.

Laura Mauldin, 2012, has accepted a tenure track position at Univ. of Connecticut as a  joint appointee in Human Development/Family Studies & Gender & Sexuality Studies Dept.  Laura was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology this year.

Norma Anderson has accepted a job offer as assistant professor of sociology at Bridgewater State University, in Massachusetts. Norma is working on her dissertation, "The problem of Malawi in western discourse: power, patronage, and the politics of pity" with Barbara (chair), Paul, & Juan on her committee. (3/5/12)

Mitra Rastegar has accepted a full-time teaching position as a Master Teacher at New York University's Global Liberal Studies Program. Mitra is working on her dissertation "Affective Values, Affecting Figures: Liberal Tolerance and the Muslim Other" with Patricia Clough (chair), Hester Eisenstein and Samira Haj on her committee (6/14/11).

Craig Willse has accepted a two-year visiting assistant position at the College of Wooster in Ohio. He defended his dissertation, "Surplus Life: The Neoliberal Making and Managing of Housing Insecurity" under Patricia Clough (chair), Stanley Aronowitz, Barbara Katz Rothman, & Neil Smith on his committee last September.(5/9/11)

Mehmet Kucukozer has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie starting this Fall. Mehmet defended his dissertation, "PEASANT REBELLIONS IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION: THE EZLN IN MEXICO AND THE PKK IN TURKEY" last summer with Mauricio Font (chair), John Torpey, & Carmenza Galo. (4/29/11) Tim Recuber has accepted a position as a post-doctoral lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University. Tim recently defended his dissertation entitled "Consuming Catastrophe: Authenticity and Emotion in Mass-mediated Disasters" under the direction of Stuart Ewen (chair), John Torpey, and Sharon Zukin. (4/13/11)

Robert Turner, a recent alum, has accepted a postdoctoral research associate position in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, for a two year term beginning July 1, 2011. The fellowship is joint appointment with the departments of Exercise & Sports Science and Sociology. In addition to conducting research with Dr. Richard Southall, Director of the College Sport Research Institute, Dr. Karolyn Tyson in the sociology department will work with him to develop his dissertation into a manuscript. The sociology division at Oxford University Press has approved his book proposal. Robert had a 1 year Postdoctoral position in Social & Cultural Science at Marquette University, WI this year. (3/29/11)

Lauren Jade Martin has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State University - Berks. She is working on her dissertation, "Mother Country: Reproductive Tourism in the Age of Globalization" with Barbara Katz Rothman (chair), Hester Eisenstein, and Frances Fox Piven. (3/10/2011)

Greg Goldberg, a 2009 Graduate, has accepted a job as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Wesleyan University. Greg worked there as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2010. Greg defended his dissertation, "OWN NOTHING, HAVE EVERYTHING: PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS AND THE NEW CULTURAL ECONOMY" with Patricia (chair), Stanley and Steven Brier on his committee. His article "Rethinking the Public/Virtual Sphere: The problem with participation" has been accepted for publication in New Media & Society. Congratulations to Greg! (2/28/2011)

Jamie McCallum, has accepted a job at Middlebury College in the Soc dept. He will be teaching Labor, Political Economy and Globalization. Jamie is working on his dissertation, "In Dubious Battle: Case Studies of the New Labor Transnationalism." Which focused mainly on his research on South Africa and India. He has been working with Frances Piven (chair), John Torpey, Ruth Milkman, & Stanley Aronowitz and plans to defend in Spring.

Darren Barany has accepted a post in the Behavioral Sciences Department at SUNY, Dutchess Community College to begin this Fall. Darren defended his dissertation "Neocontradictions: The Politics and Ideology of American Welfare State Decline." With Stanley, Frances Piven and Bill Kornblum on his committee in fall 09. Also, a recent submission of him "Saving Society from the 'Presumption of Reason': Classical Conservative and New Right Anti-Welfarism in Post-War America", was recently accepted for publication by Critical Sociology. Congratulations to Darren!

Placements prior to 2010