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Jeremy Allen

PhD Student

Jeremy Allen (he/him/his) is a PhD student and Saluki alum, with a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University. His research interests include systemic racism, crime, social control, and public policy.


Clay Awsumb

PhD Student

Clay Awsumb is a doctoral candidate in sociology, a life-long Illinois resident from Belleville, and SIU alumnus with a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from SIU Edwardsville. Working in the areas of urban and community sociology, politics and culture, social justice, and state crime research, Clay researches and theorizes power, resistance, culture, governmentality, and structural violence. His dissertation, “Community Organizing and Organizing Styles,” aims to further understand the formative roles of community organizers’ attitudes, beliefs, and values in community mobilization, organization, action, and politics. While at SIUC Clay has taught Intro to Sociology and Race and Ethnic Relations. Clay is the recipient of the Illinois Sociological Association Graduate Student Paper Competition Award (2019), GPSC’s Outstanding Service Award (2020), and J. Mark Wehrle Dissertation Scholarship in Sociology (2020).


Daniel Baltz

PhD Student

Daniel Baltz is an M.A. student in Sociology. He graduated from Bethel University in 2012 with a B.L.A. in Sociocultural Studies with a focus in Anthropology and Third World Studies with an emphasis on Latin America. Daniel's research interest includes gender, race, and privilege.


Austin Boe

MA Student

Austin Boe is a first-year M.A. student in the sociology department. He graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and French from North Dakota State University. Austin’s research interests include gender and sport.


Rebecca Bolinski

PhD Student

Rebecca Bolinski is a Ph.D. student in the sociology department. She earned her M.A. in sociology at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2018. Rebecca’s thesis work explored how the print news media differentially framed the crack-cocaine, non-medical use of prescription opioid, and heroin crises by conducting a content analysis of newspaper articles from three time periods. She examined how framing and narratives used by the media may impact the publics perceptions and judgements, which likely impact drug policy and treatment along the lines of race, gender, and social class. Rebecca’s research interests include the sociology of deviance and crime, substance use, the sociology of race and ethnicity, gender, and social inequalities. Rebecca has been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Sociology. She is currently employed with the SIU School of Medicine as a research assistant working on ending transmission of HIV, HCV, and STDs and overdose in rural communities of people who inject drugs (ETHIC) study, funded by CDC, SAMSHA, and NIDA. Rebecca intends to focus her dissertation on rural substance use.


Rick Braatz

PhD Student

Rick Braatz is a student in the sociology doctoral program at SIU. He received his B.A. in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino and M.A. in Sociology from San Diego State University. His research interests are in sexuality, social movements, and urban spaces. Before coming to SIU, he worked in social work and as a journalist in queer media. He is currently a managing editor for the journal, Men and Masculinities.


Hannah Crane

PhD Student

Hannah Crane is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Sociology at Eastern Illinois University. Hannah earned her M.S. in Counseling at Eastern Illinois University. Currently, Hannah is a Teaching Assistant for 108: Intro to Sociology. Her research interests include: Gender and Violence, Socialization, and Social Movements.


Trisha Crawshaw

PhD Student

Trisha Crawshaw is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She studies gender, inequality, and resistance in social movements and youth culture. Her work has been published in Contexts, Fat Studies, and Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change. She is also a contributing author in the latest volume of Advanced Gender Research: Gender and the Media.

www.trishacrawshawphd.com


Danijela Cvetkovic

PhD Student


Yurino Kawashima

PhD Student

From SUNY Geneseo.


Neeraja Kolloju

PhD Student

Neeraja Kolloju is a PhD student in sociology. She completed her M.A in sociology from Texas Tech University and a B tech in Electronics and communication engineering from Hyderabad, India. As a graduate instructor, she has taught SOC 223-'Women and men in contemporary society' and is currently teaching SOC 215- 'Race and ethnic relations in the U.S'. Her primary research interests are in the areas of gender, social change, social movements, sexuality and feminism, especially in the Indian context. She is currently working on research that explores feminist organizing and its reception on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube of India.


Scott Miller

MA Student

Scott Miller earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He has interned for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and participated in an ethnographic field study conducted at the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. His research interests include the quantitative connections between political affiliation, class, and location as well as the relation of modern social movements to poverty, law, and policy. Scott also has a personal interest in the qualitative study of American nomads and their perpetual, internal migration; specifically focusing on intersectional themes including health, race, gender, age, and socioeconomic conditions. He is currently a Teaching Assistant, working on a Master of Arts in Sociology.


Tori Neal

PhD Student

Tori Neal (they/them/their) is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. They graduated with their B.S. in Sociology and Minor in Women Studies at East Tennessee State University. Tori earned their M.A. at East Tennessee State University. Their thesis focused on the sexual education debate. Tori has been the instructor of record for Social Problems, and a teaching assistant for Minorities, Social Problems, and Introduction to Sociology both online and in-person. Currently, Tori is a TA for Introduction to Sociology (108)


Jelena Nikolic

MA Student


Kendra Pospisil

PhD Student

Kendra Pospisil is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She graduated with her B.A. in Sociology and Minor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Kendra received her M.A. at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she completed her master’s thesis on gender expectations in children’s picture books. At SIU Kendra has been a Teaching Assistant for 108: Intro to Sociology and is currently teaching 302: Contemporary Social Problems. Her research interests include Social Inequalities (Race, Class, Sexual Orientation, and Gender), Popular Culture/Media, Fat Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Identity, and the Formation of Self.


Becki Tuxhorn

PhD Student

Becki Tuxhorn is a doctoral candidate in Sociology. She graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2009 with a BA in criminal justice, and from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012 with her MA in Sociology. Her dissertation research focuses on the gendered experiences of women farmers. SHe is currently a full-time Instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University where she is also the co-advisor for the Justice 4 All student organization. Her background includes employment with the US Marshals Service and Christian County (IL) Probation. Becki's master's thesis was a study of women in prison nursery units. Her current research interests include rural sociology, family and marriage, women in criminal justice, and social justice issues.