Graduate Research Assistants


Each graduate research assistant works with a Faculty Advisor, who is listed along with the student’s research interests, contact information, and additional biographical information.

Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas

Romena

Dominique Adams-Romena
Sociology

  • Race, class, gender, and sexuality; intersectionality
  • Sociology of digital space; queer internet studies
  • Space, place, identity, and community
Avant

Denzel Avant
Political Science

  • Criminal justice policy
  • Urban politics
  • African American politics
Barsanetti

Bruno Barsanetti
Economics

  • Internal migration in developing economies
  • Effects of extreme weather events
  • Development economics
Basseches

Joshua Basseches
Sociology

  • Politics and policymaking in the United States
  • Political sociology
  • Social movements and interest groups
Brooks

Edward (Eddie) Brooks
Earth Science

  • Assessing the effectiveness of earthquake hazard maps
  • Determining methods to make earthquake hazard maps more accurate
  • Investigating how accurate a hazard map must be
Cielto

Janene Cielto
Psychology

  • Culture and cognition
  • Social perception, racial identity, and interpersonal interaction outcomes

Collier

Sarah Collier
Psychology

  • Stress biology and cortisol
  • Poverty policy
  • Welfare reform
Jamie Daubenspeck

Jamie Daubenspeck
Economics

  • Economic history
  • Applied econometrics

Debraggio

Elizabeth (Liz) Debraggio
Human Development and Social Policy

  • How factors outside the classroom shape student development and well-being
  • How differences in resources inside and outside of schools affect disparities across students, and how policy can be structured to address these differences
Dubois

Cynthia (CC) Dubois
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Economics of education
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental design
  • Program/policy evaluation
Gubitz

Samuel Gubitz
Political Science

  • Media effects on audiences and public opinion
  • Media biases
  • Political communication
Healy

Olivia Healy
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Early care and education
  • Family well-being
  • Anti-poverty policy
  • Intergenerational effects of policies and programs

Hong

Mindy Hong
Statistics

  • Adaptive intervention treatment strategies for the social sciences
  • Quantitative methods and experimental design
Kessler

Courtenay Kessler
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Early childhood development
  • Social determinants of health
  • Resilience
  • Multi-generational interventions for health and education
  • Program evaluation methods

Kyweluk

Moira Kyweluk
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Anthropology of reproduction
  • Medical anthropology in the Global North
  • Fertility and infertility
Lacombe

Matthew Lacombe
Political Science

  • Interest groups and political parties
  • Political power in the U.S.
  • Mixed methods

Lai

Ijun Lai
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Urban education
  • Urban youth development
  • Neighborhood violence
  • Race and inequality
  • Program policy/evaluation
Marchingiglio

Riccardo Marchingiglio
Economics

  • Labor economics
  • Public economics
  • Economic history
mccambly

Heather McCambly
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Issues of equity, equality, and improvement in community colleges
  • Institutional and organizational change in higher education contexts
  • Educators' use of research and evidence in policy implementation processes
McQuillian

Mollie McQuillan
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Health and education disparities for LGBTQ populations
  • Policies and interventions for gender variant populations
  • Mixed methods research
Meissner

Lynn Meissner
Human Development and Social Policy

  • How social class influences the transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce
  • Adolescent and young adult career interest development
  • Positive youth development

Morel

Richard Paquin-Morel
Human Development and Social Policy

  • How social relationships (social networks and social capital) shape the implementation of policy
  • Social network analysis
  • Social movements processes and influences

Muniz

Julissa Muniz
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Education within carceral spaces
  • Education as a means of empowerment

Nanni

Antonio Nanni
Sociology

  • Sociology of science and culture
  • Computational social sciences
  • Spatial econometrics

Nelsen

Matthew Nelsen
Political Science

  • Race, ethnicity, and politics
  • Youth political engagement
  • Political socialization

Oliver

Mariana Oliver
Sociology

  • Urban sociology
  • Income inequality
  • Class mobility
Peko-Spicer

Sarah Peko-Spicer
Statistics

  • Causal inference in observational studies
  • Missing data

Perczyk

Danielle Perszyk
Psychology

  • The linguistic and social influences on cognitive development
  • The origins of language
Ramanathan

Kumar Ramanathan
Political Science

  • Race, gender, and inequality
  • American political development
  • Social movements and interest groups
Ross

Emily Ross
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Relationships between economic disadvantage, parents' own human capital and well-being, parenting practices, and early childhood development
  • Program/policy design, implementation and evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods

rothschild

Jacob Rothschild
Political Science

  • Political behavior
  • Identity politics
  • Political communication

Schauer

Jacob Schauer
Statistics

  • Quantitative methods and experimental design for the social sciences
  • Random graphs and inference for network data
  • Missing data methods
  • Data synthesis and disclosure control

Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens
Human Develoopment and Social Policy

  • The underlying psychobiological processes behind protective and prosocial skills that aid in successful development
  • The transmission of traits from parents to children through genetic and environmental processes
  • The role of stress in parenting

Svoboda

Ryan Svoboda
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Motivation and identity
  • School achievement and interest
  • Social psychological interventions in education

Thomas

Sara Thomas
Human Development and Social Policy

  • How people self-identify as having agency or being at the whim of external influences and the impact of this identity on interpersonal relationships
  • How personal identities and labels inform conversations about the criminal justice system, punishment, and prison reform

Truffa

Francesca Truffa
Economics

  • Labor economics
  • Family economics