Peter Wruck successfully defended his dissertation, "It takes a Village? Neighborhoods and Children's Readiness for School," on January 10, 2014. Peter was advised by Dr. Rob Warren. Dr. Wruck is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Central College in Mankato, MN. Congratulations Peter!
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Ryan Moltz successfully defended his dissertation, "Dealing with Totalitarian Legacies: The Politics of Lustration in Post-Communist Europe," on December 16, 2013. His advisor is Professor Ron Aminzade. Congratulations Dr. Moltz!
Rachael Kulick defended her dissertation, "Home Birth in the U.S. and The Netherlands: Understanding Women's Experiences of Stigma, Nature and Trauma," on December 5, 2014. Rachel was advised by Professor Kathleen Hull. Great work Dr. Kulick.
Dawna Reandeau defended her dissertation, "In God Do We Trust? An Analysis of Trust Reformation in a Catholic Parish," on December 3, 2014. Dr. Reandeau is advised by Professor David Knoke. Congratulations Dawna!
Shawn Wick successfully defend his dissertation, "Missionaries of Modernization and Managers of Myth: Organizational Legitimacy in the Field of International Development," on November 26. His advisors are Profs. Ron Aminzade and Evan Schofer (UC-Irvine; UMN faculty 2000-2007). Dr. Wick is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Central College Pella, IA.
Shannon Golden successfully defended her dissertation "After Atrocity: Community Reconstruction in Northern Uganda," on Sept. 20, 2013. Shannon's advisor is Professor Elizabeth Heger Boyle. Dr. Golden has taken a position as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Mayumi Uno successfully defended her dissertation, "National Institutional Context and Educational Inequality," on Aug. 20, 2013. Dr. Uno is advised by Profs. Teresa Swartz and Evan Schofer (UC-Irvine). Congratulations, Dr. Uno!
Darin Mather successfully defended his dissertation, "Gender Equality in Religious Education: A Comparative Study of Catholic, Evangelical and Secular Private Schools in Guatemala," on August 5, 2013. Darin is advised by Penny Edgell. Dr. Mather is the Social Science Program Chair at Crown College in St. Bonafacius.
Jasmine Harris-LaMothe defended her dissertation, "The Negotiators: Black Professional Women, Success, and the Management of Competing Identities," on August 2, 2013. Her advisor is Professor Phyllis Moen. Dr. Harris-Lamothe will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC beginning this fall. Congratulations Dr. Harris-Lamothe!
Daniel Winchester successfully defended his dissertation, "Assembling the Orthodox Soul: Practices of Religious Self-Formation among Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy," on July 19. His Advisor is Prof. Penny Edgell. In Fall 2013, Dr. Winchester will begin his career as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Congratulations, Dr. Winchester