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
Avant

Denzel Avant
Political Science

  • Criminal justice policy
  • Urban politics
  • African American politics

Eric Brown

Eric Brown
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Racially-integrated public schools as contexts for ethnic/racial identity development
  • Adolescents' perceptions of racial school climate and racial discrimination at school

Karlia Brown

Karlia Brown
Sociology

  • Intersectionality and black feminist thought
  • Prisoner reentry and the criminal justice system
  • Social inequality and stratification

Andrea Busby

Andrea Kinghorn Busby
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Child development
  • Contexts of development (home, early care and education, neighborhoods)
  • Child and family policy

Jennifer Cowhy

Jennifer Cowhy
Human Development and Social Policy

  • How schools can better serve students who have experienced adverse childhood experiences
Jamie Daubenspeck

Jamie Daubenspeck
Economics

  • Economic history
  • Applied econometrics

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Amanda d'Urso
Political Science

  • The role of Middle Eastern-American and North African-American identity on political attitudes and behaviors 

Angel Escamilla Garcia

Angel Escamilla Garcia
Sociology

  • International migration
  • Childhood studies
  • Mexico and Central America

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald
Statistics

  • Sampling and experimental design in sustainable development
  • Meta-analysis and generalizability

Sheridan Fuller

Sheridan Fuller
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Outcomes of children and families' interactions with social safety programs
  • Long-term impacts of public assistance programs 
Samuel Gubitz

Samuel "S.R." Gubitz
Political Science

  • Media effects on audiences and public opinion
  • Political incivility
  • Political communication

Emily Handsman

Emily Handsman
Human Development and Social Policy

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

Sebastian Kiguel

Sebastian Kiguel
Human Development and Social Policy

Kyweluk

Moira Kyweluk
Anthropology

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

Phoebe Lam

Phoebe Hok Yee Lam
Psychology

  • Health disparities
  • Antecedents and consequences of resilience
  • Emotion and emotion regulation

John Lee

John Lee
Sociology 

  • Social inequality, education, and criminal justice reform
  • Public opinion and political sociology
  • Quantitative methods and experimental design
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

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  • 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

Jess Meyer

Jess Meyer
Sociology

  • Health and social epidemiology
  • Family
  • Social inequality

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Political Science

  • Legacies of violence 
  • Political violence and mass atrocity 
  • Civil war and rebel governance

Muniz

Julissa Muñiz
Human Development and Social Policy

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

Nelsen

Matthew Nelsen
Political Science

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

Oliver

Mariana Oliver
Sociology

  • Urban sociology
  • Income inequality
  • Class mobility

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
Peko-Spicer

Sarah Peko-Spicer
Statistics

  • Meta-analysis and single-case design studies
Ramanathan

Kumar Ramanathan
Political Science

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

Leah Salditch

Leah Salditch
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes
  • Natural hazards
  • Statistical seismology

Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens
Human Development 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

  • Biopsychosocial contexts for adolescent development
  • Social problems in adolescence
  • Institutional management of adolescent social problems

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson
Political Science

  • Public opinion
  • Political preference formation
  • Policy feedback

Truffa

Francesca Truffa
Economics

  • Labor economics
  • Family economics
  • Development economics

Yiling Zhao

Yiling Zhao
Human Development and Social Policy