Department of Sociology

Ph.D. Job Candidates

The Department of Sociology is pleased to present its current job market candidates. The candidates' dissertation titles, supervisors, and webpages with links to their CVs can be found below. For any questions concerning the students or for further assistance in contacting prospective candidates, please contact the Department at (512) 232-6300 or

Kate Averett, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: “Gender, Sexuality, the Family, and Homeschooling”
Supervisor: Christine Williams

Caitlyn Collins, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: “Work-Family Policies and Working Mothers: A Comparative Study of Germany, Sweden, Italy, and the United States”
Supervisor: Christine Williams

Erika Grajeda, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “On the Corner: Gender, Race, and the Making of Day Labor Markets in New York City and San Francisco”
Supervisors: Javier Auyero and Christine Williams

Janet Kuo, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “Divergent Patterns of Union Transition among Cohabitors by Race-Ethnicity and Education”
Supervisor: Kelly Raley

David McClendon, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “The Implications of Social and Geographic Stratification for Marriage Differentials”
Supervisor: Kelly Raley

Pamela Neumann, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: “No Safe Place: Violence against Women, Legal Activism, and the Gendered State in Nicaragua”
Supervisors: Javier Auyero and Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez

Marcos Perez, Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: “Iron Fellows: Commitment and Activism in a Poor People’s Movement”
Supervisor: Javier Auyero

Kate Prickett, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “The Work Lives and Parenting Behaviors of Mothers of Young Children”
Supervisor: Robert Crosnoe

Ori Swed, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “Aid in Conflict: Nongovernmental Organizations and State Repression”
Supervisor: Ari Adut and Alex Weinreb

Maggie Tate, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “Wasteland to Wonderland: The Politics of Aesthetics and Homeless Management in Austin's Urban Core”
Supervisor: Ben Carrington

Christine Wheatley, Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: “No Place Like Home: The American Deportation Regime and Returning Migrants in Mexico”
Supervisors: Nestor Rodriguez and Sharmila Rudrappa

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