Graduate Student Affiliates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernando Amador is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department with a focus on environmental history in Mexico.

Themes: Environmental Justice Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies


Spencer Austin is a doctoral student in the History Department who studies the intersection of labor, migration, and radicalism by focusing on the transnational history of anarchism.

Themes: Labor, Class, and Economic Policy Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies


Lance Boos is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department studying Early America and the Atlantic World with a research interest in the music of the American Revolution and music as an Atlantic commodity. Boos is also interested in US constitutional history, with a critical eye toward the ways in which inequality and anti-democratic thought are ingrained in America’s founding documents.

Themes: Race and Social Justice Studies


Sarah Bannon is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology. Bannon’s research is broadly concerned with interpersonal relationships, particularly families and couples, as well as interpersonal aggression and conflict. For the past seven years, Bannon has contributed to projects aimed at improving the effectiveness of interventions for court-mandated perpetrators of domestic assault. Bannon also serves as a therapist and researcher for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, working with clients who encounter a host of barriers to independence including access to healthcare, disability services, and socioeconomic inequalities.

Theme: Carceration Studies


Ximena Lopez Carrillo is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department with a research focus on the production of psychiatric and psychological knowledge about the Mexican-American population in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.

Themes: Carceral Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies, Labor, Class, and Economic Policy Studies


Sarah Davis is a Ph.D. student in the English department working on a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies certificate.

Themes: Environmental Justice Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies


Gregory Lella is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department with research that examines how policing and detention affected the lives of Latino and Native American borderlanders in Arizona after the 1950s.

Themes: Carceral Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies


Maximilian Gergor Hepach is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy department. Hepach’s philosophical interests lie in tracing the experience of weather and climate through different philosophical, historical, and cultural contexts.

Theme: Environmental Justice Studies


Kevin McElrath is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology department researching how social class impacts outcomes in the labor market and educational institutions.

Themes: Labor, Class, and Economic Policy Studies


Carolyn Propersi is a Ph.D candidate in the history department. Her research interest is in the creation and meaning of class and cultural identity.

Themes: Labor, Class, and Economic Policy Studies, Social Justice Studies


Jamie Puglin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department with a research focus on social justice, activism, and issues of race, class, and gender. Her dissertation focuses on social movement organizations that use fan communities to recruit young people to activism.

Theme: Race and Social Justice Studies


Jenny Strandberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy department with a certificate in Women’s and Gender studies and a research interest in environmental philosophy.

Theme: Environmental Justice Studies


Yalile Suriel is a Ph.D. student in the History department with research interests in mass incarceration, policing, and surveillance in 20th century American history. Suriel has a specific interest in Black/Brown power movements of the 1960s.

Themes: Carceral Studies, Immigration and Mobility Studies, Race and Social Justice Studies


Caleb Ward is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, with an advanced graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation, “Sexual Ethics in Ambiguous Intimate Encounters: Addressing the Limits of Consent,” explores how and why people are often harmed in sex even when consent is present.

Themes: Race and Social Justice, Carceral Studies


What Graduate Affiliates Do; How to Apply (from our bylaws):

  1. Affiliation with the Center is open to graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at SBU who have research, teaching, or outreach interests that significantly address the themes of the center.
  2. Graduate student associates will be expected to help coordinate and publicize our programs with undergraduate groups and campus organizations that address center themes.
  3. Applications for graduate affiliate membership shall be nominated to the Steering Committee by themselves or someone else.
    1. Applications must be submitted to the Center Director and should include:
      1. a description of the research interests of the student and key departments and programs the student regards as core to their intellectual community on campus
      2. a digital photograph of the student.
    2. This information will be posted on the Center website unless the student requests that it be omitted for some reason.
    3. The Steering Committee approves affiliate status by a majority vote.
  4. Renewal: Once elected, graduate and community associates will receive a written request from the Director annually, each fall, asking if they wish to renew their membership. They are expected to participate regularly in Center activities, and if they fail to do so, the Director can recommend to the Steering Committee that their graduate student associate status be rescinded.
  5. When graduate student associates complete their degree programs and depart from the university, they are typically designated as “CSISJ Alumni” by an affirmative vote of the Steering Committee. Once assigned, this is a permanent designation unless the Steering Committee votes to remove it; it does not require ongoing involvement with Center activities.