Current Graduate Students

timothy dzurillaTimothy Dzurilla

is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut in the Political Science department. His research focuses on social enterprise, community development, and political economy. Dzurilla has worked with various organizations and businesses to promote local development and innovation around the world. He has worked with urban youth in Worcester, MA and Medellin, Colombia, coffee farmers throughout Nicaragua and East Timor, and with indigenous social movements in Chiapas, Mexico. He is currently finishing his dissertation titled Cultivating Fair Trade: welfare outcomes of transnational fair trade networks in Nicaragua and East Timor.


devon goss

Devon R. Goss

is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Connecticut. She previously received her B.A. from the University of Portland (2009; Psychology), a M.S from Lewis & Clark College (2012; Psychological and Cultural Studies), and a M.A from the University of Connecticut (2014; Sociology). Her research examines (1) the color line, particularly in relation to instances of boundary crossing in typically racialized institutions; and (2) the impact of racializationin family formation and processes, through an examination of transracial adoption.


Brenna Harvey

M.A., 2013, Sociology, University of Connecticut
B.A., 2010, Sociology and English, University of Connecticut

Research Interests:
Gender, Sexualities, Masculinities, Feminist and Activist Research, Qualitative Methods

My research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexualities, and masculinities. My current work seeks to explore the particular ways that masculinity and masculine power—social, cultural, and physical—are taught and maintained through the process of heterosexual men’s sexual learning and sexual regulation. Through in-depth life history interviews with heterosexual, college-educated white men, this project seeks to document trends in sexual knowledge transmission among structurally advantaged men, including dominant sources of sexual knowledge and the ways these sources, their content, and the emotional sense of the messages they impart affect men’s development as gendered and sexual beings. I am deeply interested in the ways that the processes of teaching and learning power, as well as the sense of power from the perspective of the powerful, are implicated in the maintenance of inequalities.

chriss sneed

Chriss Sneed

Research Interests:
Race, Gender, and Class, Sexualities, Human Rights, Intersectionality & Critical Feminist Theories, Qualitative Methods

B.A., 2014, Sociology, St. John’s University

As a Sociologist, I am interested in examining the intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in relation to power and inequality in everyday life and on institutional levels. Additionally, I am concerned with the reproduction and legitimating process of knowledge-making and sharing, respectability, and power relations. In my work, special attention is given to the discursive and physical frames, strategies and resistances employed by marginal populations within identity-based communities. Much of my current research focuses on people of color, activism, and identity.