Sociology

Contact Information

Leda Nath
Department Chair and Professor
Phone: (262) 472-1125
Location: Laurentide 2110

Pete Killoran
Lecturer, Master Adviser
Phone: (262) 472-1422
Location: Laurentide 2134

Mande Zierath
Academic Department Associate
Phone: (262) 472-1133
Location: Laurentide 2112

Student Research & Presentations

Kristen Franseen | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Flad
Undergraduate Research Grant Fall 2010-Spring 2011 - Sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program

Kristen Franseen

Presentations
"'Most Valuable Social Work': Lessons from Victorian and Edwardian Gay Activism, 1850-1920" at the Wisconsin Women's Studies/LGBTQ Studies Conference. Madison, WI. March 2011

"Through Science to Justice: Examining Homosexual Activism in the 19th Century" at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, NY. March 2011.

"Examining Victorian Homosexual Activism" UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day- Whitewater, WI April 2011 (Finalist—WINNER of the Award for Poster in the Social Sciences, Business, or Education )

 

Luke Schalewski | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leda Nath
Undergraduate Research Grant Fall 2010-Spring 2011 - Sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program

Luke Schalewski

Research Interests
Luke's research is on Student Engagement, Self-Authorship and Emotional Intelligence. He has conducted a quantitative study to understand college student development.

Presentations
"Quantitative Analysis of Emotional Intelligence Among Higher Education Via Student Engagement & Self-Authorship"- Oral Presentation. UW Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day 2011.

 

Maryam Polley | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Akiko Yoshida
UW-Whitewater Faculty Research Assistantship Award - sponsored by the UW Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program
Winner of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice 2011 Outstanding Junior Award

Maryam Polley

Research Interests
Maryam is assisting Dr. Yoshida on research focused on Japanese cultural marriage lags during boom and bust cohorts. She is exploring cohort differences in gender role views among Japanese women.

Presentations
"Examination of Views toward Married Women's Employment among Women in Japan" UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day. April 12, 2011

Maryam also won the McNair Scholarship. She's planning to do secondary data analysis (probably using the GSS) on cohort differences in gender role views among American women, stemming from my research on Japanese women.

 

Ashley Struck | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Flad
Undergraduate Research Grant 2010-2011 - Sponsored by the UW-W Undergraduate Research Program

Ashley Struck

Research Interests
Ashley's work uses qualitative semi-structured interviewing to investigate how professors are prepared to deal with diversity in their classrooms. This work has centered on the LGBTQ issues.

Presentations
"Professor's Knowledge of LGBT Issues as They Pertain to Students" UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day April 2011

 

Hanna Zarda | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alario
Research Project: January-May 2011

Hanna Zarda

Research Interests
Hanna's research is focused on "Alternative/Sustainable Lifestyle Communities," also known as Eco-villages (frugal living, ethical living, sustainable living, simple living). She is researching how these groups started, where they are located, who tends to be involved/living in them, what they stand for (beliefs, values, etc.), what they desire/identify as their goals, and why they are choosing to live the way they live.

 

Choua Vang | Faculty Mentors: Peter Killorian and Kristen Crossgrove
McNair Scholarship Winner

Choua Vang

Research Interests
Choua's work analyzes the effects of the environment on DNA degradation and decomposition of pig tissue. Results yield valuable insight into how the DNA of a similar form of tissue, human tissue, is impacted under similar conditions. This analysis will assist scientists in evaluation of crime scene evidence, which could aid social service and law enforcement officials' efforts to more efficiently utilize forensic techniques.

Presentations
National McNair Conference
McNair Research Symposium
UW Joint Symposium; Environmental Effects on DNA Degradation.
American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC) April 1-3, 2011

"Environmental Effects on Pig DNA Degradation Over Time" UW Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day 2011.

 

Alison Blanchard | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Flad
UW-Whitewater Faculty Research Assistantship sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Program 2010-2011

Alison Blanchard

Presentations
"Tolerance at UW Whitewater: How LGBTQ Students and Allies experience our Campus" UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day. April 2011

 

 

 

Katka Showers Curtis | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Flad
Undergraduate Research Grant 2010-2011 - Sponsored by the UW-W Undergraduate Research Program

Katka Showers Curtis

Research Interests
Katka's work uses qualitative semi-structured interviewing to investigate how professors are prepared to deal with diversity in their classrooms. This work has centered on the LGBTQ issues.

Presentations
"Professor's Knowledge of LGBT Issues as They Pertain to Students" UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day April 2011

 

Megan Speirs | Faculty Mentor: Peter Killorian

Megan Speirs

Presentations
Megan's research involves the cleaning up and restoration of a skeleton donated to the university. She is interested in forensic science.

 

 

 

Malissa Dietsch | Faculty Mentor: Holly Denning

Research Interests
Malissa's work explores educational access by evaluating statistics of school progress and relating it to the racial make-up uncovering a gap between students of color and white students.

Presentations
"Racial Inequalities in Education: The Age of Resegregation" UW Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day 2011.

 

J. Lynn Hunt | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Larry Neuman

J. Lynn Hunt

Research Interests
J. Lynn Hunt's work looks at the reasons for male consumption of interactive media focusing on women as well as the controversies that have emerged in Japanese and foreign media concerning consumers of such goods. She also investigates dating simulation within the broader scope of "nerd subculture" that composes many of its consumers and the prevailing kawaii, or cute, culture that influences the modern image of femininity in modern Japan.

Presentations
"Portrayals of Idealized Femininity Through Interactive Digital Media in Japan" UW Whitewater Undergraduate Research Day 2011

 

Trevon Tucker | Faculty Mentor: Holly Denning

Trevon Tucker

Research Interests
Trevon's work focuses on constructions of race. His research argues that the African-American barbershop still impacts communities socially, economically, and politically. Through qualitative interviews of young and old patrons of current African-American barbershops he finds that barbershops have a similar impact on communities and people that they had 50 years ago.

 

 

Katie Zeininger | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Flad
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for the summer of 2011, Undergraduate Research Grant 2011-2012

Katie Zeininger

Research Interests
Katie will work on a project entitled "An Investigation of Public School District Bullying Policies." She will be looking at bullying policies in four main regions of the United States: the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. She hopes to find correlations between the anti-bullying policies in school districts and how these policies are affected by the race of a student population, the location and city population where the school district is located, the number of students a school district has, and how many schools are in the district. Her research may help to inform future anti-bullying policies.

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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