The Section's Graduate Students

My fields of interest includes: Political Sociology; Urban Sociology; International Development; Ethnic Conflict; Violence; Sociology of War; Displacement; Social Movements; Race and Ethnicity; Qualitative Methods

My general research interests lie in the areas of gender, sexualities, culture, and family. Specifically, I am interested in studying masculinity, femininity, and the gendered dimensions within the US military. Other interests include divorce and single-parent household.

Kristin Foringer is a USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on law and culture in post-conflict Colombia.

I am interested in studying social change, governmentality, rise of populism and authoritarianism, state-society relations, gender, and everyday life. My dissertation research is on the ethnic and gendered organization of authoritarian regime building in everyday life in Turkey. Previously, I examined social movement theories and conducted my Master's research on the formation of collective action in high-risk environments, particularly in the military prisons of Turkey by the Kurdish and Turkish political prisoners.

Blair Sackett is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in forced migration and the role of institutions in impeding or facilitating the accumulation of resources among refugees. Using qualitative methods, she has examined these questions in two projects studying long-term displacement in a refugee camp in Kenya and refugee resettlement to the U.S. Supported by a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, her dissertation seeks to understand how refugees manage scarcity and make ends meet within the structural constraints of a refugee camp. In particular, she examines economic insecurity and shocks, the resilience and fragility of social capital, and the role of aid organizations in these dynamics. She is also writing a book, Seeking Refuge, Finding Inequality: Refugees Navigating Institutional Barriers, co-authored with Annette Lareau, which examines the institutional barriers refugees face upon resettlement to the U.S.



I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change (ICGC). My PhD dissertation is titled, "The Role of Social Networks in Memory Formation and the Social Reintegration of Ex-combatants" My research focuses on Colombia, with a comparative component on Northern Ireland.

Christopher Mathey

Christopher Mathey is a doctoral candidate of sociology at Texas A&M University. His areas of study include Organizational, Political and Economic Sociology (Military/Society Relations; Medicine), and Social Psychology (Disability Studies; Deviance; and Family Violence). His research agenda includes identifying and overcoming social-structural supports of ableism, the implicit beliefs that positively value able-bodied and able-mindedness.