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
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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
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
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

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