Graduate Students Accomplishments

Recent Accomplishments of Department of Sociology Graduate Students

(For publications and presentations that have multiple authors,
sociology graduate students' names are in bold type.)

Graduate Student Publications

Forthcoming

  • Barry, Colin M., K. Chad Clay, Michael E. Flynn, and Gregory Robinson. Forthcoming. "Freedom of Foreign Movement, Economic Opportunities Abroad, and Protest in Non-Democratic Regimes." Journal of Peace Research.
  • Barry, Colin M., Sam R. Bell, K. Chad Clay, Michael E. Flynn, and Amanda Murdie. Forthcoming. "Choosing the Best House in a Bad Neighborhood: Location Strategies of Human Rights INGOs in the Non-Western World." International Studies Quarterly.
  • Bell, Sam R., K. Chad Clay, Amanda Murdie, and James A. Piazza. Forthcoming. "Opening Yourself Up: The Role of External and Internal Transparency in Terrorism Attacks." Political Research Quarterly.
  • Bell, Sam R., Tavishi Bhasin, K. Chad Clay, and Amanda Murdie. Forthcoming. "Taking the Fight to Them: Neighborhood Human Rights Organizations and Domestic Protest." British Journal of Political Science.
  • Mueller, Anna S., Seth Abrutyn, and Cynthia Stockton. Forthcoming. "Can Social Ties be Harmful? Examining the Social Dynamics of Suicide Suggestion in Early Adulthood." Sociological Perspectives.
  • Presson, Brittany and Carol Rambo. Forthcoming 2015. "Claiming, Resisting, and Exempting Pathology in the Identities of Self-injurers." Deviant Behavior.
  • Pruit, John C. Forthcoming. "Identity Work." Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, edited by C. Forsyth and H. Copes: Sage.

2014

  • Grier, Tiffanie, Carol Rambo, and Marshall A. Taylor. 2014. "'What Are You?': Racial Ambiguity, Stigma, and the Racial Formation Project." Deviant Behavior: 35(12): 1006-1022. DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2014.901081.
  • Taylor, Marshall and Carol Rambo. 2014. "White Shame, White Pride: Emotional Cultures, Feeling Rules, and Emotion Exemplars in White Supremacist Movement Music." International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice, and Law 8(2): 107-134.

2013

  • Barry, Colin M., K. Chad Clay, and Michael E. Flynn. 2013. "Avoiding the Spotlight: Human Rights Shaming and Foreign Direct Investment." International Studies Quarterly.
  • Brent, Edward and John C. Pruit. 2013. Sociology Online. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.
  • Oueslati-Porter, Claire. 2013. "Infitah and (in)dependence: Bizerte women's economic strategies three decades into Tunisian neoliberal policy" The Journal of North African Studies. 18(1).
  • Rodger A. Bates and Emily B. Fortner. 2013. "The Social Construction of Frivolity" The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology. 5(1).

2012

  • Bell, Sam R., K. Chad Clay, and Amanda Murdie. 2012. "Neighborhood Watch: Spatial Effects of Human Rights INGOs." Journal of Politics. 74(2): 354-368.
  • Pruit, John C. 2012. "Peak Oil and the Narrative Construction of Unmarked Identities." Symbolic Interaction. 35:438-455.
  • Pruit, John C. 2012. "Peak Oil and the Everyday Complexity of Human Progress Narratives." Narrative Works. 2:69-91.
  • Richards, David L., and K. Chad Clay. 2012. "An Umbrella with Holes: Respect for NonDerogable Rights During Declared States of Emergency, 1996-2004." Human Rights Review. 13(4): 443-471.

Prior to 2012

  • Bates, Emily. 2005. "Knowledge is Power: Survey Findings on College Students" familiar with Title IX Legislations." Standpoint: Center for Research on Women 24: 15-17.
  • Collins, Tracy and Wanda Rushing. 2003. "Across the Pond: A Comparative Analysis of Social Capital Formation in the United States and Great Britain." Humanity and Society 27: 30-49.
  • Rambo, Carol, Sarah R. Presley, and Don Mynatt. 2006. "Claiming the Bodies of Exotic Dancers: The Problematic Discourse of Commodification," edited by P. Vannini and D. Waskul. Body/Embodiment
  • Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body, pp. 213-228. Ashgate.
  • Stoll, Laurie Cooper and Larry R. Petersen. 2008. "Church Growth and Decline: A Test of the Market Model Approach. Review of Religious Research.

Professional Presentations by Sociology Graduate Students

  • Blume, Amelia. "Swept Under the Red Carpet: Scripting Pride, Silencing Shame in a New Religious Movement." International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champagne, IL. 2014.
  • Campagna, Brittany Kay. "Walking in Memphis: Racial, Economic, and Residential Disparities in Access to Healthy Food in a Metropolitan Food Desert." Southern Demographic Association Meetings. Memphis, TN. 2014.
  • Presson, Brittany. "Walking Among Shells: A Layered Account of Studying Self-Injury from the Inside Out." International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champagne, IL. 2014.
  • Still, Darla. "Assessing Elements of Romantic Relationship Quality as Protective Factors against Suicidal Ideation in Young Adults." Southern Demographic Association Meetings. Memphis, TN. 2014.
  • Still, Darla. "Romantic Relationship Quality as a Protective Factor Against Suicidal Ideation." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Charlotte, NC. 2014.
  • Still, Darla. "The Gendered Experience of Relationships as Protective Factors Against Suicidal Ideations." Sociologists for Women in Society Meetings. Nashville, TN. 2014.
  • Taylor, Marshall. "Shame, Pride, and the Social Bond: Exploring Emotion Cultures in White Supremacist Music" International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champagne, IL. 2014.
  • Davis, Adriene Francois. "First Generation College Students: Understanding Persistence in Higher Education." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • Davis, Adriene Francois. "Marijuana Use and Physical Activity: An Enhancer or A Hindrance?" Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • James, Wesley, Anna Mueller, Seth Abrutyn, and Tijuana Jefferson. "Understanding Alcoholism in Young Adults Using Durkheim‟s Theory of Social Integration." Population Association of America. New Orleans, LA. 2013.
  • Jefferson, Tijuana LaShae. "Is this Marriage Killing Me?: The Influence of Marital Status on Blood Pressure." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • Mueller, Anna S., Seth Abrutyn, and Cynthia Stockton. "Can Social Ties be Harmful? Examining the Social Dynamics of Suicide Suggestion in Early Adulthood." American Sociological Association. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Mueller, Anna S., Seth Abrutyn, and Cynthia Stockton. "Examining the Limits of Social Contagion: Suicide Suggestion in Early Adulthood." Population Association of America. New Orleans, LA. 2013.
  • Otte, Stephanie. "Maternal Age and SES: The Compound Effects on Birth Weight." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • Otte, Stephanie. "Intergenerational Closure: Is It Protecting U.S. Teens Against Pregnancy and STI Contraction?" Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • Stockton, Cynthia Anne. "Weight and Weight Perception as Predictors of Poor Mental Health: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample of Adults." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  • Driver, Rebekkah. "The Web of Unintended Consequences: A Critique of Diversity Programs in Major Corporations." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Johnson, Ryan. "Examining Claims of Urban Authenticity in Memphis and Nashville: A Study in Regional Contrast." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012
  • Miller, Cassie. "Too Legit: the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, the Media, and Legitimization." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Scott, Michele. "Beyond BBQ: Navigating a Meatless Memphis." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Smiley, Kevin T. "New Public Spaces, Shifting Public Cultures: Memphis and the Adoption of Greenway Networks." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Stockton, Cynthia. "Obesity, Weight Perception, & Suicide Ideation in American Adolescents." Southern Sociological Society Meetings. New Orleans, LA. 2012.
  • Wesley James, Anna Mueller, Seth Abrutyn, and Tijuana Jefferson. "Suicide Suggestion and Alcoholism in Young Adults." Southern Demographic Association. Williamsburg, VA. 2012.
  • Anderson, Dale. 2005. "Interpreting Breast Augmentation." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • _____. 2005. "Interpreting Breast Augmentation." Presented at the First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Binkley, Bonnie. 2003. "Racial Inequality in the South: A Case Study of State and Employer Strategies in Maintaining a Split Labor Market in Memphis, TN." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • _____. 2001. "A Case Study of the Impact of Deindustrialization in Memphis, TN." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Brown, Victoria. 2007. "Experiences in Student Teaching." Presented at the Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • _____. 2006. "One Must Bend: Redefining the Self with Multiple Sclerosis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Couch/Stone Symposium, Athens, GA.
  • _____. 2006. "One Must Bend: Redefining the Self with Multiple Sclerosis." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, Memphis.
  • Brooknut, Tecola. 2006. "Cultural Diversity and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa". Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Clay, Chad. 2008. "Aiding and Abetting? USAID and Human Rights." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series. Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Guy, Gerise. 2001. English Proficiency and Peripheral Status: "A Comparative Analysis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lumm, Kimberly. 2005. "Countercultural Community and Christian Identity: A Comparison of Religious Communal Living Experiences in the 1970's and Today." Presented at the Graduate Research Internship Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • _____. 2005. "Living Your Research: Review of a Summer Research Internship Experience." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • _____. 2004. "Public Charter School in Memphis: A Case Study of the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering." Invited presentation for a Cities in Change class, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Murphy, Kendra. 2007. "Experiences in Student Teaching." Presented at the Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Rambo, Carol and Laurie Cooper Stoll. 2002. "Constraint and Resistance in the Narrated Identitites of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Cultural Production of Silence." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Chicago.
  • Rambo, Carol, Don Mynatt, Sara R. Presley, Alison Cody, and Victoria Brown. 2006. "Testing Exotic Dancers' Hypotheses Regarding Researchers." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Couch/Stone Symposium, Athens, GA.
  • _____. 2005. "Black Consciousness and Cultural Production in Memphis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Annual Southern Sociological Society. Charlotte, NC.
  • _____. 2005. "Black Consciousness and Cultural Production in Memphis," Presented at the Meeting of the Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, "Broadening the Scope of Ethnography." Chicago, IL.
  • _____. 2004. "Stratification Processes in the City Schools: Race, Property, and Postmodernism." Presented at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Civic Education Program in Memphis, TN.
  • _____. 2004. "Black Consciousness and the Postmodern Situation." Presented at the Annual Graduate Student Conference in African American History," Memphis, TN.
  • _____. 2004. "Black Consciousness and the Postmodern Situation." Presented at the Sankofa Research Colloquium Series, Memphis, TN.
  • _____. 2004. "Stratification Processes in the City Schools: Race, Property, and Postmodernism," Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Black Sociologists, San Francisco, CA.
  • _____. 2004. "Black Consciousness and Postmodernism in Memphis," Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • _____. 2004. "Black Consciousness and Postmodernism in Memphis." Presented at the Department of Sociology Research Colloquium Series, The University ofMemphis, TN.
  • Robertson, Desiree. 2004."Claiming Space in a 'What Are You?' World:" The Articulation of a Biracial Identity." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, TN.
  • Scanlan, Steven J., Amanda Carroll, and Kimberly Lumm. 2005. "Women, Development and HIV/AIDS: The Human Security Implications." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Scanlan, Steven J., Michael F. Grissom, Laurie Cooper Stoll, and Kimberly Lumm. 2004. "Hunger Strikes, Contentious Politics, and Comparative Social Change: Theories, Typologies, and Trends. "Paper presented at the Annual International Studies Association Convention, Montreal, Canada.
  • Stoll, Laurie Cooper and Larry R. Petersen. 2004. "Understanding Church Growth and Decline: A Test of the Market Based Approach." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, San Francisco, California.
  • Stoll, Laurie Cooper and Larry R. Petersen. 2004. "Church Growth and Decline in Shelby County: The Development and Conclusion of a Master's Thesis." Paper presented as part of the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • _____. 2003. "Mail Surveys: An Overview and Critique of the Tailored Design Method (TDM)." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, Memphis.
  • _____. 2002. "Is Birth Order Related to Educational Achievement?" Presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
  • _____. 2002. "Birth Order Effects on Occupational Attainment." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Souza, Dale. 2001. "Patriarchal Maquiladoras." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • Winters, Lisa. 2007. "Deindustrialization and Class: A Comunity Level Analysis of Changing Class Distinctinos." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • ____. 2007. "Sisterhood and Social Capital: The Continuing Significance of Race In Approaches to Building "Community" through Membership in Fraternities and Sororities." Paper presented at the 7th Annual Isom Student Gender Conference, Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, March.
  • ____. 2007. "Sisterhood and Social Capital: The Continuing Significance of Race In Approaches to Building "Community" through Membership in Fraternities and Sororities." Presented at the Research Colloquium Series, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis.
  • Ziegler, Steven and Marquerite Hernandez. 2004. "Gender Attributes of Lifetime: Female Victimization, the Empowered Woman, and Television for Women." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Graduate Student Awards and Honors

Anderson, Dale

  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2005.

Brown, Victoria

  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2006.
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Award ($150), University of Memphis, 2006.

Lumm, Kimberly.

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, June-August 2005. Advising Professor, Wade Clark Roof. Research grant funded by the National Science Foundation's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant NSF Grant # 8-487610-26406, through the Graduate Research Internship Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 2005.

Mynatt, Don

  • Managing Editor, Symbolic Interaction, 2006-07.
  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2006.
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Award ($150), University of Memphis, 2006.

Pruitt, John

  • Managing Editor, Symbolic Interaction, 2007-Present.

Robertson, Desiree

  • Tennessee Board of Regents Minority Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2003.
  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2003.

Stoll, Laurie Cooper.

  • Morton Thesis Award, University of Memphis, "Understanding Church Growth and Decline: A Test of the Market Based Approach." 2004.
  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2004.
  • Graduate Student Paper Competition Award, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, "Stay-at-home Moms with Degrees: A Weberian Perspective," 2003.
  • Outstanding Graduate Paper Award, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, "Rational Choice: The Merits and Pitfalls of the Market Based Approach," 2002.
  • Undergraduate Paper Competition Award, Southwestern Sociological Association, New Orleans, "Is Birth Order Related to Educational Achievement?" 2002.
  • Undergraduate Paper Competition Award, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis, "Is Birth Order Related to Educational Achievement?" 2001.

Twombly, Corey.

  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300),University of Memphis, 2005.

Ziegler, Steven

  • Department of Sociology Travel Award ($300), University of Memphis, 2004.