Graduate Students' Achievements

Recent Honors and Awards

  • In December, 2019, the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research announced that our doctoral student Carley Geiss is the winner of 2019 Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award for her work,  “Exploring Cultural Conventions of Compassionate Healthcare through Virtual Narrative Ethnography.”  In this study, Geiss illustrates how public organizational narratives about compassionate healthcare reflect and reinforce cultural systems of meaning.  Using virtual narrative ethnography of the Schwartz Center of Compassionate Healthcare, Geiss demonstrates the construction of a formula story that operates through (1) characterization of the “compassionate-worthy patient,” (2) a plot of empathetic connection and compassionate action between patients and providers, and (3) morals that communicate personal, clinical, and institutional benefits of compassion in healthcare.

  • In November, 2019, doctoral student Melanie Escue (formerly Melanie Rosa) was honored with the 2019 Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Society of Criminology's Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology for her lead-authored article "Do developmental and life-course theory risk factors equally predict age of onset among juvenile sexual and non-sexual offenders?", which appeared in the journal Sexual Abuse in 2018.
    Melanie Escue

  • In Spring, 2019, the following doctoral students won Distinguished Teaching Awards from USF’s Department of Sociology: (pictured from left to right) Kristopher Oliveira, Hadi Khoshneviss, Ashley Green, Carley Geiss, and Doug Engelman.
    Award Recipients

  • In Spring, 2019, two of our doctoral students – Carley Geiss and Fangheyue (Amber) Ma – were awarded Spencer E. Cahill Research Grants from USF’s Department of Sociology to support their dissertation research projects.


  • In Spring, 2019, Rodrigo Serrao won the Graduate Paper Competition of the SSSP's Racial and Ethnic Minority Division for his work “Blacks Here are Racist against Whites': White Identifying Brazilian Immigrants' Perception of African American Racism”. He also won the SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award, which helps to prepare a new generation of scholars and leaders in the Teaching Movement in Sociology.

  • In Spring, 2019, Mindy Maconi received an honorable mention in the SSSP Disability Division Graduate Paper Competition.

Recent Publications

  • Doug Engelman's manuscript titled "Endings and Beginnings:
    An Autoethnography of a Father’s Journey through His Son’s Madness, Loss, and a Quest for Meaning" was recently accepted for publication in the journal Humanity and Society
  • Edlin Veras co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Hordge Freeman the article "Out of the Shadows, into the Dark: Ethnoracial Dissonance and Identity Formation among Afro-Latinxs" in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2019).

  • Hadi Khoshneviss’ paper "A Home to which I Don't Belong: Global Geopolitics, Colonialism, and the Racialization of Middle Eastern and North African Citizens in the US” was accepted for publication in Postcolonial Studies. This will be his second publication in 2019, the first one being in the journal Ethnicities.

  • Douglas Engelman’s article “Making Our Classrooms Relevant by Integrating RPTS” was published in the newsletter for ASA section on teaching and learning.

  • Carley Geiss’s review of the book “Beyond the Sirens and Lights: The Technologically Governed Work of Emergency Medical Services” was published in Symbolic Interaction (2019).

  • Juan Arroyo Flores co-authored with Dr. John Skvoretz a working paper titled “Diversity, Topology, and the Risk of Node Re-identification in Labeled Social Graphs” (2018).

  • Rodrigo Serrao co-authored with Dr. James Cavendish the article “The Social Functions and Dysfunctions of Brazilian Immigrant Congregations in ‘terra incognita’” in the journal Review of Religious Research (2018).

Achievements Beyond USF

In addition to our current students' achievements, graduates of our M.A. and Ph.D. programs have excelled in a variety of academic and non-academic careers. Of the 18 graduates of our doctoral program since 2014, seven are tenure-track assistant professors, six are full-time professors of instruction, and the rest are either post-doctoral fellows, researchers, or engaged in non-profit advocacy. For a list of their achievements, please visit the Alumni/ae Corner.