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Recent Student Achievements & Publications


Sarah Glann and Paul Durlak published an article in Teaching Sociology with 2014 PhD graduate Jessica MacNamara titled “Experiencing Misgendered Pronouns: A Classroom Activity to Encourage Empathy.”

Paul Durlak published “Disability at Work: Understanding the Impact of the ADA on the Workplace” in Sociology Compass. He also published a teaching and learning guide to accompany the article.

Joanne Tompkins and Watoii Rabii published an article in Contexts titled, “Painted into a Corner,” with Robert Adelman and Shelley Kimelberg.

Matthew McLeskey’s chapter coauthored with Chris Mele, “Pro-Growth Urban Politics and the Inner Workings of Public Private Partnerships” is forthcoming in the Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics.

Kristen Connolly published an article in the Journal of Drug Issues titled “Building Recovery Capital: The Role of Faith-Based Communities in the Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Drug Offenders” with Robert Granfield.

Wei Luo presented on and won a competitive award from the Population Association of America for a poster she designed titled, “What Underlies Educational Disparities in Chronic Pain?” The project is a collaboration with Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk and Amelia Karraker.

Jessica Hoffman was awarded the Nathalie Devine Howe Award for her paper, “ ‘Everybody Feels the Need to Offer You Advice When You’re Pregnant’: Evaluating the Character and Extent of Trust in Pregnancy Advice Among First-Time Moms.”

Watoii Rabii was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-18.

Matthew McLeskey was awarded the Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award in May.


Joanne Tompkins’ chapter coauthored with Debra Street, “Is 70 the New 60? Extending American Women’s and Men’s Working Lives,” is forthcoming in the book, Gender, Ageing, and Extended Working Life: Cross National Perspectives.

Miranda Workman’s chapter, “Perceptions of Personality: How What We See Influences Our Perceptions About and Behavior Toward Companion Animals,” is forthcoming in Companion Animals in Everyday Life: Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures (2016).

Rob Kappel published an article, “One Person’s Party is Another’s Trash: The Creation of Urban Public Space Through To-Go Cup Laws,” in the School of Management Review.

Melis Kural published an article, “Lost (and Gained) in Transition: The Contradictions of
Gentrification in Alacati, Turkey,” in the School of Management Review.

Jared Strohl published an article, “Neoliberalism, Work, and the Growth of Individualism,” in the School of Management Review.

Patrick McDonald was awarded a $43,000 grant from Say Yes to Education for a 10-year longitudinal study to better understand factors affecting college success. He was previously awarded grants of $40,000 and $52,000 for this research.

Aysegul Balta was awarded the Nathalie Devine Howe Award for her paper, “Organizational Mediation of Immigrant Integration: Transnational Entrepreneurship and Integration with Difference.”

Jared Strohl was awarded the Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award in May.


Joel Inbody published an article in Sociology of Religion, “Sensing God: Bodily Manifestations and Their Interpretation in Pentecostal Rituals and Everyday Life.”

Kiera Duckworth was elected as the student representative to ASA’s Sex & Gender Section Council.

Ashley Wendell Kranjac published an article in Social Science & Medicine, “The moderating effect of self-efficacy on normal-weight, overweight, and obese children’s math achievement: A longitudinal analysis.”

Tyler Dupont published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, “From Core to Consumer: The Informal Hierarchy of the Skateboard Scene.”

Greg Hall published an article in the Journal of Historical Sociology, “Selective Authenticity: Civil War Reenactors and Credible Reenactments.”

Christy Panagakis published an article with Department alumna Elizabeth Gage Bouchard in Social Science & Medicine, “The architecture of support: The activation of preexisting ties and formation of new ties for tailored support.”

Christy Panagakis published an article in Advances in Life Course Research, “Reconsidering adulthood: Relative constructions of adult identity during the transition to adulthood.”

Kiera Duckworth published a book review of Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play in the Journal of Sex Research.

Sarah Glann was featured in the Buffalo News for her research on the pollution of Eighteen Mile Creek in Lockport and the toxic threats that residents face in the area.

Kiera Duckworth received the 2015 Adeline Gordon Levine Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ashley Wendell Kranjac received the 2015 Nathalie Devine Howe Best Paper Award.