Recent Ph.D. Alumni on the Job Market

This page is for recent alumni looking for a second position upon completion of the postdoctoral fellowship, initial contract teaching job or research position they gained on first graduating.

Isabel Jijon, Ph.D. 2018

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University

Isabel Jijon’s research interests include culture, globalization, childhood, and the intersection of morality and markets. She is currently working on a book mansuscript, Working Children, Child Labor Law, and the Globalization of Morality. This book examines how norms against child labor have become global and how actors in the global South, in turn, interpret, negotiate, and reinvent these norms. She has also written about the globalization of collective memory, the globalization of sport, and theories of translation. Isabel is currently working with Professor Frederick Wherry in the “Dignity and Debt” Project that explores people’s subjective experience with credit and debt in the United States, Brazil, and Kenya.

Samuel Stabler, Ph.D. 2018

Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, Hunter College

Sam Stabler teaches in the sociology department at Hunter College (CUNY). His research contributes to ongoing debates in the sociology of religion, cultural sociology, and comparative historical sociology. His dissertation focuses on the links between religious institutions and the development of political space in New England’s Puritan missionary efforts. This research highlights how religious conflicts shape, and are shaped by, efforts to transform the built environment. In additional collaborative projects he studies the moral implications of routine sociological debate, the work and family lives of mothers who breastfeed, and the role of humor in sociological reasoning. Writing based on this research has appeared in Sociology of Religion, Demography, and Theory and Society. At Hunter, he teaches courses in Classical Sociological Theory, Current Sociological Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Sociological Research Methods, and The Sociology of Humor.

Luke Wagner, Ph.D. 2018

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Luke Wagner’s research is focused on religious nationalism, but he is broadly interested in religion, politics, and culture. His dissertation is based on a case-study of Hindu nationalism in Nepal and explains how a Hindu nationalist social movement shaped the terms of Nepal’s 2015 consititution. It is based on over three years of ethnographic research, including a year spent documenting Hindu nationalist protests, rallies, and meetings. Luke has experience teaching Intro Soc, Intro Stats, Research Methods, and upper-level courses on International Social Conflict and Human Rights.

Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu, Ph.D. 2016

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Goettingen

Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen’s Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies. She is a comparative-historical sociologist with research interests that stand at the intersection of culture, politics and religion. She is specifically interested in how certain historical, cultural and political developments inform questions of belonging and identity-formation in multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies. Under that rubric, her research focuses on how religious, ethnic and national identities intersect, intertwine and compete with each other, especially in Muslim communities in the Middle East and Europe. She is also interested in cultural trauma and collective memory in the context of national identity formation.

 Her book project, originating from her dissertation, is titled United in Religion, Divided by Ethnicity? The Role of Islam in the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey. It investigates Sunni Islam’s role as a supranational identity in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict. Relying on in-depth interviews with Turkish and Kurdish religious elites, and participant observation in Friday prayers, it puts forward a four-fold typology that illuminates the divergence and convergence of religious and ethnic identities. After demonstrating the role these distinctions play in preventing the successful implementation of “Muslim brotherhood” as a solution to the Kurdish conflict it argues that this typology is of prime importance in analyzing not only the origins but also the solutions to ethnic conflicts.

She is currently conducting research on ethnic diversity in German mosques. Through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews, she explores the strategies Muslim immigrants use to navigate their way through the complex web of identity categories that become available to them upon their arrival in Germany. By focusing on identity formation among Muslim immigrants this project turns a critical eye towards the tumultuous relationship between immigrants and “host societies”.

Her work has appeared in the Annual Review of Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Yale Review of International Affairs, and the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. She has also written public sociology pieces for Open Democracy, the European, and Policy Trajectories.

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