|Research Interests:||Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Organizations, Labor|
|Dissertation:||Exploring the Institutional Impact of Graduate Employee Unionization
My work explores how social movements make change even within inherently slow-to-change institutions. I am particularly interested in the institutional change that SMOs with broad social justice goals – like gender, racial, and environmental justice – can affect. In my dissertation I examine the relationship between graduate employee unionization, the increasing dominance of market logic, and institutional change in higher education. I draw on data from ethnographic participant observation, in-depth qualitative interviews, and text analysis of documents at a large, public research university in the Eastern US.
Alongside my research I have participated in social movement organizing and training others how to engage in non-violent direct action. I bring these experiences of popular education into the classroom where I am passionate about engaging students’ sociological imagination and critical thinking skills. I am particularly interested in mentoring first-gen undergraduate students through the research process. In 2019 I was awarded the Ronald L. Taylor Award for Best Graduate Student Paper and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award by the UConn Sociology Department. I was also nominated for the UConn-wide Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and recognized for excellence in teaching by the UConn Office of the Provost.
|Committee:||Dr. Mary Bernstein, Dr. Daisy Reyes, Dr. Ruth Braunstein|