Azhin Bahraini (Race & Ethnic Relations/Criminology) 

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Azhin Bahraini is a first year graduate student at the University of Miami pursuing her Masters and PhD in sociology with a concentration on Race & Ethnic relations as well as Criminology. Azhin is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Azhin's research interests focus mainly on colorism and racial inequality in relation to social mobility and employment. 

Christina Bellasalma (Law)

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Christina Bellasalma is a first year graduate student at the University of Miami pursuing her Masters in criminology with a concentration in law. Christina is originally from Orange, California and earned her B.S. in political science with a specialization in public law from the University of California, Irvine. Christina's research interests focus mainly on juvenile delinquency and the efficacy of juvenile detention centers in deterring future crime.

Robert Cancio (Race & Ethnic Relations/Medical Sociology)

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Felicia Casanova (Medical Sociology/ Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Felicia is a second-year doctoral student in the department of sociology. Her research focuses on global health as well as immigration and health from a sociological lens. Felicia completed her M.A at UM in International Administration where she focused on evaluating the role, impact, and sustainability of medical missions in Latin America. Upon completing her M.A., she joined the U.S Peace Corps, where she served from 2009 to 2011, in Guatemala as a Municipal Development Volunteer engaged in citizen participation and capacity building efforts that supported community leaders such as community health workers and women's groups. Felicia worked with the UM department of Public Health Sciences managing and arranging public health capstones locally and globally, which led her to pursue a doctoral degree in Sociology. This summer, Felicia presented a paper at the Association for Black Socicologist Conference in Montreal. She is currently a Distinguished Graduate Fellow for the UM Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. 

Ramsey Dahab (Medical Sociology/ Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Laura Iesue (Race & Ethnic Relations/Criminology)

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Laura Iesue, M.A. is a PhD student originally from Columbus, Ohio. Her primary concentration is Criminology and Race/Ethnic Studies. In the past, she has researched the role of social capital among contracted workers in the poultry industry and how it may result in promoting workforce safety. She received her M.A. in Sociology from New Mexico State University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Ohio State University.

 

Oshea D. Johnson (Medical Sociology/ Criminology)

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Willie Joseph (Medical Sociology/ Race & Class) 

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Willie L. Joseph III, MBA from Miami is a Doctoral Student of Medical Sociology and Race & Class in the Department of Sociology. He received a dually accredited Executive MBA in Health Policy & Management from the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration, as well as a concentration in Public Health from the UM’s Miller School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Health Studies. He's earned a distinguished award for Academic Excellence in Public Health and a congressional recommendation for an appointment as a US Naval Healthcare Officer. Willie also has an eight-year background in the Federal Government working in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Social Security Administration serving our nation's most vulnerable populations. His research interests include analyzing the racial wealth gap in the U.S. as it relates to wealth inequalities and health disparities as well as health services research. He also has an interest in proposing policy based off research findings.

 


Anastasiia Kuptsevych (Criminology)

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The research of Anastasiia Kuptsevych is located at the intersection of criminology, medical sociology and social psychology. Her research interests include testing and developing theories, health of vulnerable populations, social networks, causes of delinquency, mental health, and cross-national research. She received her master’s degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Miami.

Bryan Lagae (Medical Sociology)

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Rachel Lautenschlager 
(Criminology)

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Rachel Lautenschlager, M.A. is a doctoral student in sociology concentrating in the
areas of criminology and race, ethnicity, and immigration. Her research explores
how law enforcement and other components of the criminal justice system vary
across neighborhoods, and the ways that this results in differential outcomes across
racial and ethnic groups. She earned her B.A. in Judaic studies in 2012 at the George
Washington University.

Eric R. Louderback (Criminology/ Medical Sociology)

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Eric R. Louderback, M.A. is a Doctoral Candidate with concentrations in Criminology
and Medical Sociology. His research interests include socio-technical analysis of
cybercrime, cognitive decision-making processes in cyberspace, multilevel and
geospatial exploration of neighborhood crime patterns and recent advances in
statistical methodology. His most recent publication in the Journal of Research
in Crime and Delinquency
investigates cognitive decision-making predictors of
both computer-focused cyber offending and victimization.

 

Brandon P. Martinez (Race & Ethnic Relations / Criminology)

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Brandon P. Martinez is a graduate student of sociology with concentrations in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Urban Sociology. His research interests include gentrification as a process of stratification and the construction of race and racial inequality among Latinx groups. He is currently writing his Master's thesis on homeownership inequality among Cuban-American.

 

Mallory Morken (Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration)

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Mallory Morken is a graduate student with concentrations in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Political Sociology. Her research interests include the connection between systemic racism and the political economy, particularly as it manifests through discourse. She is currently writing her Master’s thesis, which is guided by Latinx critical theory and explores the connection between migration, labor, and baseball.

 


Akinshimaya Nnamdi (Criminology/Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Akinshimaya Nnamdi, M.S. is a Miami, Florida native from Coconut Grove. She is a PhD student concentrating on Race & Ethnicity and Criminology. Her research interests include a historical analysis of race relations in Miami, the social ramifications of gentrification, and the perpetuation of marginalization through film and media of minorities. She also has a strong interest in raising the educational attainment of minorities in the greater Miami area through research and intervention. 

 

Kaitlin Pericak (Medical Sociology / Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Kaitlin Anne Pericak, M.A. is a PhD student with concentrations in Medical
Sociology and Race/Ethnic Relations.  Research interests include the intersection
of mental health and sport participation.  Kaitlin has recently been accepted to the
2017 SSSP conference to present a paper entitled "High School Sport Participation
and Depression in Young Adulthood".

 


Tebogo Sebeelo
 (Medical Sociology)

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Tebogo B. Sebeelo is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami, USA. His area of concentration is Medical Sociology and Race Relations. He has a specific interest in the etiology of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan African, Social Construction of Alcohol and Drugs, Health Disparities as well as Social Change in the African context. He holds a BA Sociology & Environmental Science (2004) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (2005) both from the University of Botswana, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (2012) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa as well as an MA Sociology from the University of Miami.

 


Kapriskie Seide
(Medical Sociology)

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Yasukiyo Sugimoto (Criminology) 

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Yasukiyo Sugimoto is a graduate student concentrating in Criminology. His research interests include international sociology, juvenile delinquency, discrimination, urban sociology, and sociology of education. 

 

Randon Taylor (Immigration/Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Randon Taylor is entering the program as a PhD student after receiving his M.A. in sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas. His primary focuses include, but are not limited to: race and ethnicity, immigration and comparative sociology.

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Shameka Thomas
 (Medical Sociology/Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Shameka Poetry Thomas, M.A. is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. Shameka concentrates in Medical Sociology, Race Relations, and Maternal / Reproductive Health. Shameka’s recent publication, “Alternative Prenatal Care Interventions to Alleviate Black-White Maternal / Infant Health Disparities” argues for using sociological theories toward a deeper understanding of adverse outcomes in maternal health. Currently, Shameka is working on a research project, drawing on a reproductive justice framework, to examine pregnancy and birthing outcomes in jails and prisons. Shameka’s dissertation seeks to investigate the experiences of women’s pregnancies in major metropolitan U.S. cities, in attempts to figure out the underlining health narratives behind the statistical data. Shameka is a native of Miami, Florida who has participated on international research projects in Cuba, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Shameka was also a sociological fellow at the University of California‐Berkeley and is an alumna of Spelman College cum laude, where she won the scholar‐activism award in Sociology and Anthropology.