Graduate Student Affiliates





Fernando Amador is a first-year Ph.D. student 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

Lance Boos is a third-year Ph.D. student 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 fourth-year Ph.D. student 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

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

Maximilian Gergor Hepach is a first year Ph.D. student 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

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

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.