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Some Recent Ph.D. Recipients and their Current Positions

  • Jasmón Bailey, Ph.D., 2019, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Maryland
  • Patrick Casey, Ph.D., 2019, Instructor at USF and University of Tampa
  • Hadi Khoshneviss, Ph.D., 2019, Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College
  • Erik Withers, Ph.D., 2019, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
  • S. Katie Cooper, Ph.D., 2018, Assistant Professor, University of Tampa
  • Justine Egner, Ph.D., 2018, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • Fae Chubin, Ph.D., 2017, Assistant Professor, Bradley University
  • Jennifer Earles, Ph.D., 2017, Assistant Professor, Frostburg State University
  • M.C. Whitlock, Ph.D., 2017, Assistant Professor, Georgia Southwestern State University
  • David Zeller, Ph.D., 2017, Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida
  • Maggie Cobb, Ph.D., 2016, Assistant Professor, University of Tampa
  • Damien Contessa, Ph.D., 2016, Professor of Instruction, University of Tampa
  • Elaina Behounek, Ph.D., 2015, Associate Professor, Mercer University
  • Brenda Mason, Ph.D., 2015, Adjunct Instructor, Pasco-Hernando State College and Saint Leo University
  • Loren Wilbers, Ph.D., 2015, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • Hilary Dotson, Ph.D., 2014, Data Scientist, Center for Human Capital Innovation, Washington, D.C.

Some Recent M.A. Recipients and their Current Positions*

  • Ana Balius, M.A., 2018, United Way Suncoast
  • Diamond Briggs, M.A, 2017, Teach for America, New York City
  • Chase McCain, M.A., 2015, DACCO Behavioral Health's program on Community Housing Solutions
  • Amber Gregory. M.A., 2014, Economic Integration Coordinator, Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency
  • Antoine Jackson, M.A., 2013, teacher in Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Morgan Sanchez, M.A., 2013, Assistant Professor at California State East Bay
  • Adam Woolf, M.A., 2012, Veterans Services Representative, Philadelphia
  • Natalie M. Delia Deckard, M.A., 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
  • Herrica Telus, M.A., 2011, Child Protective Investigator, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
  • Jennie Lai, M.A., 2010, UX Researcher at Google, Mountain View, California
  • Anastacia Schulhoff, M.A. 2010, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University
  • Marc Settembrino, M.A., 2010, Associate Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Jarin Eisenberg, M.A., 2009, Chief Operating Officer of Groundswell Startups & The Deffebach Community Development Initiative in Melbourne, FL
  • Alexander A. Hernandez, M.A., 2009, Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Sharla Alegria, M.A., 2007, Assistant Professor, University of California Merced
  • Shawn Perkins, M.A., 2007, Field Interviewer at NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Christina Partin, M.A., 2006, Master Instructor of Sociology, University of South Florida
  • Ilir Disha, M.A., 2005, Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • William Force, M.A., 2005, Associate Professor, Western New England University

In addition to these achievements, two alumni of our master's degree program have been promoted to positions of administrative leadership at their universities. Professor Neil Quisenberry (MA, 1992), is now Chair of the Division of Social Science at McKendree University in Illinois. Mr. Lonnie Griffin (MA, 2004), is now Campus Dean of the Liberty Campus of Savannah Technical College, Fayetteville, NC.

*Many others are completing doctoral programs at prestigious universities

Alumni/ae News

Cris Chandler (BA, 2008) was recently named a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pat Curtin (MA, 1974) recently received a Professor Emeritus designation in recognition of his life-time commitment to teaching Sociology and Marriage and Family at St. Petersburg College.

Jolie Daigle (Ziomek) (BA, 1995), Professor of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia, recently provided this testimonial: "The Sociology major provided me such a solid foundation in examining the impact of "society" or communities on children's well-being including their mental health. The degree also introduced me to qualitative research. That led me to the field of counseling and, more specifically, school counseling and my degrees in School Counseling (M.S.) and Counselor Education (PhD). I became a faculty member at the University of Georgia in 2005, teach in both the M.Ed and PhD counseling programs, coordinate the M.Ed.program, and serve as Co-PI on two HRSA-funded Behavior Health Training grants.

Tia Dixon (BA, 2015), Executive Director and founder of the agency "Posimoto -Changing Faces," recently made a very generous docation to the Department of Sociology to establish the "Dixon-Posimoto Scholarship" which will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student who would like to complete an internship with a non-profit community agency in the Tampa Bay region.  

Lauren Dunayer (BA, 2015), winner of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, has been working for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office as a Family Support Worker in Child Protection Investigations.  She states: "I utilize the resources, skills, and knowledge that I learned in my time at USF/Sociology Department on an every day basis." 

Jarin Eisenberg (BA, 2007; MA 2009) currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Groundswell Startups & The Deffebach Communicty Development Initiative in Melbourne, FL, where she is directing efforts to address chronic homelessness in Downtown Melbourne in partnership with the ‘Street to Home Movement’.   

Michael Flaherty (MA, 1977), Professor of Sociology at Eckerd College on Florida's Gulf Coast, recently served as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Flandra Ismajli (BA, 2018), winner of the 2017-2018 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, is working as a Research Support Specialist in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida.

Leonard Kania (BA, 1969) recently retired from Sonoma State University and lives with his wife of 40 years in Sonoma, California.

Hadi Khoshneviss (PhD, 2019) recently authored an article "A home to which I do not belong: geopolitics, colonialism, and whiteness in the experience of Middle Eastern and North African citizens in the United States," which was published in Postcolonial Studies (December, 2019).

William Mangold (BA, 1968; MA, 1969; PhD in Demographic Studies from Duke University) retired from his position as Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas, where he served as the founding director of its Center for Social Research. During his tenure at University of Arkansas, Dr. Mangold authored or co-authored over 100 research articles and monographs, supervised dozens of funded research projects, and served as then Governor Bill Clinton's advisor on health policy for the State of Arkansas. He and his wife LuAnn, a Professor of Accounting at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida, now live in Sebastian, Florida. 

Whitney McGinniss (BA, 2007) manages HUD and DOJ funded supportive housing grants for domestic violence survivors in the Greater Atlanta area.   

Byron A. Miller (BA, 2002; MAT in Secondary Social Science Education from USF; Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Florida) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg. His research examines how psychosocial factors like mastery, discrimination, and social support impact health disparities.

Aloknath Pandya (BA, 2007, with honors), an Internal Medicine specialist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently appeared in the U.S. News and World Report's listing of "best doctors."  After graduating  from USF, Dr. Pandya received his medical degree from Florida State University's College of Medicine in 2012.

Kat Poblete (BA, 2013), winner of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, who has had a longtime interest in sustainable agriculture, is Farm Manager of the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program, which was developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).  

Roberto Potter (BA, 1975) is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida.  In 2014, Dr. Potter received the Peter P. Lejins Research Award from the American Correctional Association, the highest honor bestowed on a corrections researcher by the national association.

Carol Rambo (MA, 1987), Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, recently won the Distinguished Teaching Award at her university.

Manuel (Manny) Ramirez (MA, 2017), doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Connecticut, received honorable mention in the 2019 Graduate Paper Competition of the SSSP's Racial and Ethnic Minority Division for his work "'You Know, We're Just Having a Good Time': Masking Racism and Foregrounding Fun in Cosplay."    

Natalie Rosado (BA, 2005, with honors) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in providing support to teens, adults, couples, and famlies in the Tampa Bay area.

Robyn Sagal (BA, 2012), who graduated Magna Cum Laude from USF's Honors College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Public Health, received a Fulbright Student Partnership Award for the University of Shffield (UK), where she also received her Master's degree in International Development and Public Health. She currently works as a specialist in Global Health at the Association of Public Health Laboratories in Washington, D.C. 

Ricky Scheiber-Camoretti, PMP (BA, 2016), winner of the 2016-2017 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President of the ICG O&T Chief Operating Office-Management Team of Citi. 

Marc Settembrino (BA, 2008; MA 2010) was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Southeastern Louisiana University.

George Self (BA in Sociology from USF, 1969; PhD in Economic Development & Community Organization from Cornell University), a Health Economist, recently retired as Director of the New Jersey Medicaid Managed Care Program and currently lives in Tampa.  

Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez (BA, 2014), winner of the 2014-2015 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, recently started a position as Program Officer for the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a philanthropy company based in New York City, while she completes her PhD in Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Tom Warren (MA, 1992), Pastor of Peace United Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC, recently led members of his congregations and other UCC congregations on their annual, two-week-long UCC Cuba Study Seminar, which included traveling across Cuba by bus visiting the major cities of Havana, Varadaro, Santa Clara, Camaguey, and Santiago.

Aaron Young (BA, 2018), winner of the 2017-2018 Outstanding Senior in Sociology Award from USF's Department of Sociology, is pursuing his Master's in Urban and Regional Planning at USF while serving as a Fellow of the Hillsborough County City County Planning Commission.

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