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Current Graduate Student Notable Accomplishments

The Department of Sociology recognizes our talented graduate students and congratulates them on their many accomplishments!


Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez

2022 Global Individual Grant (GIG), International Institute – University of Michigan 

2022 African Studies Center Support for Research in Africa – University of Michigan 

2022 Gupta Values Scholarship – University of Michigan 

2022 Rackham Public Engagement Grant - University of Michigan

2022 Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship. Donia Human Rights Center.

2022 Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship three years of support


Charles Katulamu

Awarded the Rackham International Research Award, 2022

Awarded the African Studies Center Summer Research Grant, 2022

Awarded the Gutsy Broad Fund through the Center for the Education of Women (CEW+), 2022

Awared the Institute of Social Research Next Generation award through the Population Studies Center Small grants, 2022


Jacob Caponi

Awarded the Rackham Language Training Grant to learn Kinyarwanda (2022)

Awarded the Global Individual Grant (GIG) from the International Institute at University of Michigan for his research on legal aid and gender-based violence in Rwanda

Awarded a research grant from the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan for his research on legal aid and gender-based violence in Rwanda (2022)


Jun Zhou

2022 Best Student Paper in Economic Sociology and Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (July 2022)

Linda Burton Award, Family Section, American Sociological Association (July 2022)


Erin Ice

Erin was awarded the 2021 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant and the Eli Ginzberg Award. Her dissertation, "Constructing Independence: Caregiving in the Era of Aging in Place," was one of 25 social science research projects selected for their potential to address contemporary social policy issues.


Analidis Ochoa

Featured in CNBC digital media story "Why so many companies want your blood" (June 30, 2022)

Co-authored paper titled "The Interlinkage between Blood Plasma and Poverty" cited in Washington Post article "Surviving Inflation One Plasma Donation at a Time" (May 2022)

- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Traineeship, University of Michigan Population Studies Center (2021-2022)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

- Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan (2022)
- Sociology Dissertation Research Grant, University of Michigan (2022)
- Rackham Dissertation Research Grant, University of Michigan (2022)
- Marshall Weinberg Endowment, Population Studies Center, ISR, University of Michigan (2022)
- Center for Racial Justice, Student Initiative Grant (2022)

Featured in podcast series titled "Bed of Lies: Blood" by UK publication The Telegraph and cited in accompanying article "Inside the murky world of the billion-dollar plasma trade" (Nov 2021)

Invited to present “Plasma Donation as an Economic Coping Strategy” at Propel: Lunch and Learn (March 2022).
Propel builds modern, respectful, effective technology that helps low-income Americans improve their financial health.


Anna Woźny

- Received the 2022-23 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

- Received the Center for Japanese Studies Alumni Fellowship

- Received the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (declined)

- Received the Center for Japanese Studies Dissertation Writing Fellowship (declined)

- Received the Outstanding Published Article Award – Honorable Mention from the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association (for “Moralizing the Production and Sale of Student Papers in Uganda” published in the American Sociological Review with Maggie Frye)

- Received the SASE/Digit Early Career Workshop Award from the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (for “Organizational Intermediaries in Marketized Courtship Exchanges: The Case of Japanese Marriage-Hunting”)


Miriam Gleckman-Krut

Miriam was awarded the 2022 ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. Her dissertation, "The Rainbow Nation and the Gays it Excludes," was one of 27 research projects chosen for their intellectual merit.

Miriam also received a Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship, which "supports doctoral candidates working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful."


Sidney Gălan

Sidney was awarded the graduate student research grant by the Anti-Racism Collaborative, administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), for her research on racial meaning-making and conflict negotiation among black/white interracial couples in the contemporary United States.


Zoe Chanin

Anna Wood and Zoe Chanin gave a presentation at the URSA workshop on our research regarding media treatment of campus sexual assault disputes. It was entitled, '“Kangaroo Courts?: Media Contestation Over Campus Sexual Assault”' on October 22, 2022.

Additionally, the first issue of the Michigan Journal of Law and Society, in which Zoe was the founding Editor of Sociology Content, went to publication this year.


Jesse Yeh

Jesse received Honorable Mention for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division paper award for his paper: "White Victimhood as Organizational Decoupling: The Case of Anti-White Hate Incidents Reporting" in the summer of 2022.


Adriana Ponce

Adriana's dissertation article, "The Custody Load," was recognized by the American Sociological Association through the Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award for its cutting-edge contributions to sociological inquiry on sex and gender.

Adriana's other dissertation article, "Power Moves," was a finalist for the ASA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award in the family section.


Sofia Hiltner

Angus Campbell Scholars Fund


Erin McAuliffe

2022 ASA DDRIG Recipient

Mira Vale

Mira was awarded the 2022 ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. Her dissertation, "Data Values: Moral Entrepreneurship in Digital Health," was one of 27 exceptional research projects by a diverse group of advanced graduate students chosen for their intellectual merit.

Erykah Benson

2022 Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship (ICPSR Summer Program)

Shauna Dyer

My coauthored paper with Giovanni Roman Torres, titled "Latina/o Postsecondary Education: Trends in Racial/Ethnic Education Gaps and the Role of Citizenship in Access to Higher Education," was accepted for publication in Demography and will be released on August 1. Our paper has received three Honorable Mention Awards this year: 2022 David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Sociology of Education, the 2022 Mark Chesler Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, and the 2022 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Race, Class, and Gender.


Black-Latina/o and White-Latina/o bachelor’s degree gaps persist despite substantial increases in Latina/o educational attainment since the late 1950s. The Latina/o population has grown rapidly in recent decades and currently comprises over 20% of the United States population. However, barriers to citizenship have grown in tandem, and these barriers have limited access to higher education. Using data from the U.S. Census (1950-2010) and the ACS (2015-2017), we examine trends in Black-Latina/o and White-Latina/o college completion gaps and factors that may explain them. We find that college enrollment differences explain the majority of the bachelor’s degree gaps. We then decompose enrollment gaps by differences in enrollment by citizenship. We find that if Latina/os had the same citizenship rates as the White and Black populations, the Black-Latina/o enrollment gaps would effectively disappear, and the White-Latina/os enrollment gaps would be reduced by up to 75%. Our findings indicate that the Latina/o population's relatively low college completion rates can partially be explained by restricted access to citizenship. The high proportion of Latina/o non-citizens has also masked the considerable educational progress Latina/o citizens have made in recent decades.

Luis Flores

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship - Summer 2022 - Each summer, IRWG brings together a cohort of graduate students each summer who research questions related to women and gender.

(Alternate) Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship - 2022.

Fellow - ASA Minority Fellowship Program 2022

Kristin Foringer

Kristin won the Elise Boulding Student Paper Award for ASA's Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section in August 2021. The title of her work is "Defining Post-Conflict Victimhood" and analyzes the construction of a victim category in Colombia's Congress from 2007-2011.

Jane Furey

Along with my co-authors, I received the 2021 Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award in December 2021. The award is presented annually in recognition of the most outstanding article published in a journal of the American Education Research Association (AERA). Our paper, "What Happens When You Combine High School and College? The Impact of the Early College Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion" was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in 2020.

Maya Glenn

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Recipient for my dissertation research titled, "Black Women's Sexual Identity Formation Processes"

2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient

Sofia Hiltner

Coauthored a paper with Erin Cech titled Unsettled Employment, Reshuffled Priorities? Career Prioritization among College-Educated Workers Facing Employment Instability during COVID-19. Socius. January 2022. doi:10.1177/23780231211068660


Millions of workers experienced job instability during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. A prevailing assumption is that such experiences of instability intensify economic rationality in workers’ career decision making as a matter of course. In contrast, the authors argue that pandemic-related employment instability may have “unsettled” workers’ lives in ways that elevated nonfinancial priorities such as meaningful work. Using proportionally representative survey data (n = 1,628), the authors compare the priorities of U.S. college-educated workers who were laid off or furloughed during the pandemic with those of workers whose jobs remained stable. Counter to expectations of heightened economic rationality, job-unstable workers were not more likely than job-stable workers to emphasize job security or salary in beliefs about good work. But they were more likely to prioritize passion for work. These findings challenge common assumptions about job prioritization in the wake of crisis-related job instability and have implications for how scholars and policy makers interpret labor force trends.

2022 National Science Foundation/NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Joyce Ho

Awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2021-2024

Kimson Johnson

On March 29th, 2022, Kimson was selected as a 2022 Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship Recipient. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards ten Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and in the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral studies.

Katherine Leu

My 2020 paper with Dr. Caren Arbeit, “Differences in High School CTE Coursetaking by Gender and Race/Ethnicity,” was awarded the "Outstanding CTER Journal Article Award" by ACTER (the Association for Career and Technical Education Research). This award is given to the author(s) whose paper in the most recent volume of the journal Career and Technical Education Research received the highest ratings in the blind review process. It was awarded at the 2021 ACTER Conference in New Orleans, LA on November 29-30, 2021.

Shoshana Shapiro

Horowitz Foundation Dissertation Grant (Grant funding used during Summer '22). From the Horowitz Foundation: "Established in 1998, the Horowitz Foundation now approves approximately twenty-five grants each year.... Research grants are open to researchers in all social science disciplines. Projects must deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences, particularly issues of policy relevance." In my case, this grant funded mixed-methods dissertation research on low human services provision counties.

Poverty Solutions Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Award (Served as RA during Fall 2022). From Poverty Solutions: "The Graduate Research Assistant (GSRA) Awards are granted for creative, action-based research that can inform existing policies, practices and interventions or inform future policy directions. Doctoral students will pursue research projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor that seek to contribute to efforts aimed at preventing and alleviating poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world." The project that was funded for this RAship was a mixed-methods study of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic outcomes and material hardship in recreation industry dependent counties.


Deanna Smith

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship

Levy Smith

Presented at APHA 2021: "Trends in nationality and deportations over time in 20th century CA mental health institutions practicing eugenics." Spirit of 1848 Caucus.

Presented with Louise Seamster & Chad Rhym at ASA 2021: "Racial Politics, Water Governance and Health Outcomes."

Presentation with Juan Gudino at ELSIcon 2022: "The Limits of Consent and Patterns of Coercion in U.S. Histories of Eugenic Sterilization"

Received The University of Iowa College of Public Health's "Advancing Graduate Student Success Award" for work studying Legionnaire's disease decision-making during the Flint water crisis.

Mira Vale

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
May 5, 2022

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars, formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, has named Mira Vale a 2022 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. The Newcombe Fellowship, funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, is the largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values in interesting, original, or significant ways.

Aya Waller-Bey

Published op-ed about research in Forbes (December 2021)

Invited speaker at the 2022 frank gathering organized by the University of Florida Center for Public Interests Communication. frank brings together a purposely small group of sophisticated, groundbreaking, and sometimes surprising communicators who work to change the world. February 2022

Invited speaker at the 2022 Creating Connections Consortium (C3) virtual Summit, where I shared my research on the “Narratives of Resistance: The Case of the College Essay.”


Interviewed about life and research by VoyageMichigan magazine (December 2021)

Selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the University of Michigan. This prestigious honor is awarded to graduate students who exemplify scholarship, character, leadership, service, advocacy, and contributions to the academy. January 2022

Invited to sit on the Students of Color of University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School (SCOR) Racial Justice panel as part of the 2022 Social Justice Symposium. April 2022

Jun Zhou

Winner of the 2022 McGuigan Prize for best graduate essay in Women's and Gender Studies , 04/02/2022

Rackham International Student Fellowship for 2021-2022 ($10000), 12/01/2021

The Lieberthal-Rogel Travel and Research Fellowship for 2022-2023 ($ 7500), 03/25/2022

Paper accepted for presentation at the open paper session "Platforms, Visibility, and Power" in Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology, 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, August 5-9, 2022

Paper accepted for presentation in the Digital Economy network for the conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - July 9-11, 2022.

Selected to participate in the New Political Economy Graduate Summer Institute at UC Berkeley, June 6-19, 2022