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Graduate Students


In the Department of Sociology of Case Western Reserve University, students are able to pursue graduate education in an environment in which both faculty and fellow students share interest in the sociology of aging and the life course, and in medical sociology. Our department provides unique opportunities for early professional socialization and meaningful hands-on involvement in research projects. Students are viewed as junior colleagues, collaborating with faculty members and conducting independent research. Please feel free to ask questions you may have about any of us, our research areas, our program, or CWRU.


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Luma Al Masarweh

luma.almasarweh@case.edu

Education
B.S., Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology and a minor in Sociology, Brigham Young University

M.S., Sociology Brigham Young University

Research Interests
Medical Sociology, Social determinants of health, health care services, inequalities and disparities in access to care

Primary Advisor
NA
 


 

Casey Albitz

casey.albitz@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

B.A., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests
Medical sociology; social inequalities and intersectionalities; youth and adolescent development; health disparities

Primary Advisor
NA

 


 

Dawn Aliberti

dma10@case.edu

Education
A.A.B., Applied Business, Lakeland Community College
B.A and M.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University

Research Interests
Medical sociology (including sociology of disability); aging; sociology of the family; human rights and criminology

Primary Advisor
NA


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Tirth Bhatta

trb66@case.edu

Education
M.GS., Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, 2010

M.Sc., Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2004
B.Sc., Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2002

Research Interests
Medical Sociology; Social Epidemiology; Research Methods; Demography; Aging (Socio-economic determinants of health and its pathways, Life course perspective, Longitudinal data analysis, Survival analysis/ hazard modeling, Life table calculation, Missing Data Imputation, Interface of Frequentist and Bayesian methods).

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Sherri Brown

sherri.brown@case.edu

Education
M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Home Economics, Western Illinois University

Research Interests
My research interests are comprised of examining adulthood and aging among men, elderly caregiving, and stress and coping using a sociocultural contextual perspective.

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Anne Bryden

amb31@case.edu

Education
NA

Research Interests
NA

Primary Advisor
NA


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Lacey Caporale

lmc139@case.edu

Lacey Caporale
Education
M.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University, 2012

B.A., Sociology, Baldwin Wallace College, 2010

Research Interests
Gender; sexuality; addiction and substance use; research methods

Primary Advisor
NA

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Spencer Ciaralli

src101@case.edu
Education
B.A., WGS (Women, Gender and Sexuality), Miami University of Ohio

B.A., Social Justice, Minor: Philosophy, Miami University of Ohio

M.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University

Research Interests
Social justice oriented interests, stratification surrounding gender and sexuality in particular

Primary Advisor
NA


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Timothy Goler

timothy.goler@case.edu

Education
M.U.P., Design and Development, Concentration: Housing and Neighborhood Development, Cleveland State University, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration: Early Childhood Education, Minor: History, Norfolk State University

Research Interests
Public Policy, Education, Children, African American Culture & Mental Health

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Greg Graham

gxg27@cwru.edu

Education
B.A., Communication, Cleveland State University
M.A, Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests
Research methodology as applied to nursing research and the social sciences; Gerontology; healthcare disparities; developing a scale of quality of care in a long-term care setting; quality of fit between a resident and the constellation of long-term care options; public policy and the aged

Primary Advisor
NA


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Rachel Hammel

rjh31@case.edu

Education
M.P.A., University of Akron, 2005
B.A., Sociology, University of Akron, 1998

Research Interests
Medical sociology; life course

Primary Advisor
NA


Chengming Han

cxh498@case.edu

Education
NA

Research Interests
NA

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Wenxuan “Cherry” Huang

wxh200@case.edu

Education
B.A., Journalism/Economics, Xiamen University, 2010

Master of Gerontological Study, Miami University, 2013

Research Interests
Aging theory and aging population

Primary Advisor
NA


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Sara Kennedy

sek67@case.edu

Sara Kennedy

Education
B.A. Psychology, Indiana University, 2005
M.A. Sociological Practice, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2009

Research Interest
Mental Health; Criminology; Family and Gender

Primary Advisor
NA


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Marcie Lambrix

mal31@case.edu

Education
M.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University, 2002

B.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University, 2000
Research Interest
Medical Sociology; anti-aging therapies; medicine and consumerism; end of life decision making; research methods

Primary Advisor
NA


Kaitlyn Barnes Langendoerfer

kxb289@case.edu

Barnes 2015

Education

M.A. Sociology, CWRU, 2015

B.A., Sociology, Premed Concentration, College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests
Age and the Life Course, Race/Class and Social Determinants of Health Disparities, Structural Ageism, Mixed Methods, Men and Masculinities

Primary Advisor
NA

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Kelly Melvin

kmm193@case.edu

Education

NA

Research Interests
NA

Primary Advisor
NA

 

Relebohile Nthati Katiso Morojele

rxm391@case.edu

Education

NA

Research Interests
NA

Primary Advisor
NA


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Elizabeth Nalepa

elizabeth.nalepa@case.edu

Elizabeth Nalepa

Education

B.S. in Mathematics, B.A. in French, Ohio University

M.A. in Sociology, University of Virginia

Research Interests
Race and ethnicity; medical access; aging ethnic communities

Primary Advisor
NA

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Holly Pappada

htr9@case.edu

Education
M.A., Sociology, University of Toledo
B.S.W., Social Work, University of Toledo

Research Interests
Medical Sociology. I am particularly interested in medicalization, chronic issues, disabilities, and mental health.

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Robert Peterson

robert.peterson@case.edu

Education

Ph.D., Medical Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2008

B.A., Sociology, Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, 2005

Research Interests
Sociology of Health and Illness; HIV/AIDS; Race, Class, and Gender; Masculinities and Sexuality; Men’s Health; Social and Healthy Policy

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Brian Kelly Polk

brian.polk@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Hiram College, 2011

Research Interests
Medical Sociology; Sociology of Mental Health (Depression and Anxiety); Sociology of Happiness and Well-Being; Social Theory

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Brian Gran and Dr. Timothy Black

Primary Advisor
NA


Bradley Powell

bradley.powell@case.edu

Bradley Powell 2015

Education
B.A., Sociology, Columbia University

Research Interests
Life course; Marxist sociology; race/class/gender; criminology

Primary Advisor
NA


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Danielle Sabo

dnb31@case.edu

Education
B.A., Health Communication and Political Science, Ohio University

Began studying for an M.A., Health Communication, Kent State University and transitioned to her current studies as a graduate student in sociology here at CWRU.

Research Interests
Medical sociology, health communication, the genderization of illness, sociology of mental health, familial interaction and eating disorder research, the social construction of disease (cancer & mental health focus)

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Paulette Sage

pas11@case.edu

Education
M.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University
B.S. Education, University of Akron
Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Lakeland Community College

Research Interests
Medical sociology; aging and the life course

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Christine Schneider

cms80@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College

Research Interests
The commodification/medicalization of the male body; gender differences in mental health; social inequalities within the medical profession

Primary Advisor
NA

 


 

Sarah Shick

sarah.shick@case.edu

Education
NA

Research Interests
NA

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Rebecca Siders

ras71@case.edu

Education
M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2008
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Gerontology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Research Interest
I’m interested in aging and the life course; institutional care, specifically, long-term care retirement communities (including Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Alzheimer’s Special Care Units); globalization, particularly how its processes affect global health (e.g. transnational migration of global care workers) and its role in redefining what care is and how it is delivered among vulnerable populations; I’m also interested in medical sociology, especially health inequality and the social institutions and social policies that create and sustain inequalities over the life course.

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Michael Slone

michael.slone@case.edu

Michael Slone 2015

Education
B.S., Education, Bowling Green State University

M.A., Economics and Social Development of Regions, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Research Interest
Organizations, Occupations, and Work; Political Economy; Science, Knowledge and Technology; Biomedicalization; Research Methods; and Theory

Primary Advisor
Timothy Black

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Alicia Smith-Tran

alicia.smith@case.edu

Education
B.A. Sociology, minor in African-American Studies, Oberlin College, 2010

M.A. Journalism (Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Journalism), Syracuse University, 2011

M.A. Sociology, CWRU, 2015

Research Interest
Medical sociology, intersectionality, the life course perspective, qualitative methods

Primary Advisor
Mary Erdmans

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Steven Steh

steven.steh@case.edu

Mary Ellen (Ellie) Stone

mes181@case.edu

Education
B.A., Gerontology, Miami University, 2006

M.GS., Masters of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, 2008

Research Interest
life course perspective, health disparities, mental health, intergenerational programs/relationships, stigma related to physical disabilities, and public policy (specifically involving the older populations and welfare).

Primary Advisor
NA


 

Delia Su

delia.su@case.edu

Delia Su 2015

Education
B.A., Biology, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Research Interests
Social inequalities and intersectionalities; forms and impact of activism; media representation; etc.

Primary Advisor
NA


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Maggie Waltz

margaret.waltz@case.edu

Education
B.A., English, University of Dayton

Research Interests
Inequality in gender and education; impact of mass media on medical field

Primary Advisor
NA


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Minzhi Ye

minzhi.ye@case.edu

Minzhi Ye

Education

Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Current

M.A., Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2008

B.A., Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering and Science, 2005

Research Interests
Aging; Social Psychology; Family; Medical Sociology; Life Course

Primary Advisor
NA

 


 

Jiao Yu

jiao.yu@case.edu

Education

B.A., Sociology, Central University of Finance and Economics

M.A., Sociology, Peking University

Research Interests
Medical sociology, family study, research methods

Primary Advisor
NA