PhD Candidates on the Job Market
Below are some of our PhD candidates who are currently on the job market.
Elizabeth E. Brault
Research Interests: Corrections, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence
I am broadly interested in the importance of neighborhoods and communities for crime, with my dissertation research focusing on how social capital is linked to recidivism, delinquency, and violence. I have published manuscripts in Delinquent Behavior and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. I have also served as a Research Assistant on a Justice Reinvestment Initiative grant for the Louisiana Department of Corrections since 2015. In this capacity, I spearheaded the creation of a needs assessment tool to help individuals successfully reenter and reintegrate into their communities. This research has also sparked a strong interest in reentry for special populations like mature long-term offenders and people of color.
Research Interests: Social psychology, online games, social media, smartphones, virtual reality
Brad Ictech is a social psychologist interested in how technology affects society and the self. His current research interests include relationship formation and maintenance through computer mediated communication channels (e.g., smartphone apps, social media, VoIP programs, and virtual reality) and artificial intelligence and the self. He received a MA in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and is currently a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University.
Research Interests: Work and family, gender, social inequality, social demography, domestic violence, and oral history
HYOJUNG KIM is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Louisiana State University. She earned a BE in Chemical and Biological Engineering (Korea University) as well as an MA in Women’s Studies (Ewha Womans University) and in Sociology (Louisiana State University). She is currently completing her dissertation project, which examines the cross-national relationships between the division of household labor, work-family conflict, and subjective well-being, with a particular emphasis on national context of gender inequality. Her areas of interest include work and family, gender, social inequality, social demography, domestic violence, and oral history. Much of her research focuses on how families mediate various aspects of inequality across different socioeconomic, national, racial/ethnic, and gendered contexts. Kim’s works is published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Rural Sociology, the International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, and the Journal of Korean Women’s Studies.
Research Interests: Disasters, environment, health, social capital
Vanessa Parks is a PhD candidate in sociology at Louisiana State University who studies the health and social effects of disasters and environmental crises. Since 2015, she has worked as a research assistant for the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities (CRGC), a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded project to assess and address the public health, social, and economic impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has also worked as a summer associate at the RAND Corporation and as a research associate for the University of Mississippi’s Center for Population Studies and Institute for Community-Based Research. She was recently awarded the Roland Pellegrin Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and as a master’s student at the University of Mississippi, she was the recipient of the Larry W. DeBord Award.
J. Carlee Purdum
Research Interests: Incarceration in disaster, rural disasters & emergency services, long-term recovery,
J. Carlee Purdum is a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University in the Department of Sociology and a research affiliate for the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M. She is now ABD, working towards completing her dissertation examining the challenges faced by rural fire services and the role of inmate firefighters and prison labor in emergency and disaster response in the state of Georgia. She has worked as on projects examining long term recovery after both natural and technological disasters, including most recently, Hurricane Harvey. Other projects have examined public health on the gulf coast after the BP oil spill of 2010, the role of social media in disasters, disaster risk perception, long term recovery after a disaster, and hurricane evacuation behavior.
Research Interests: Deviance, mental health, military
Muhammed Yildiz (M.A.) is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Louisiana State University (LSU). His areas of interest are sociology of mental health, deviance, and the interplay between the two. Most of his research is quantitative, focusing on individual and contextual risk factors of adolescent mental and behavioral health outcomes (depression, substance use, suicidal behaviors etc.). His research has appeared in several academic journals, including Youth & Society and Death Studies. He also thought undergraduate courses such as Statistics in Social Research and Introduction to Sociology. He was recently awarded Dissertation Year Fellowship by LSU Graduate School. Currently, he is working on his dissertation, which applies the stress process theory within mental health literature to suicidal behaviors of U.S. adolescents.