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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
 


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

 


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

 


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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.

 


Anne Bryden

amb31@case.edu

Education
NA

Research Interests
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
Gentrification, Urban Displacement, Poverty, Inequality, Race/Class Health Disparities, Medical Sociology, Women’s Health, Human Rights

 

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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

 


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Polina Ermoshkina

polina.ermoshkina@case.edu

Education

LL.B., Jurisprudence, Bashkir State University Institute of Law

M.S., Family and Child Studies, Miami University

M.G.S. Gerontology, Miami University

 

Research Interests

Qualitative methodology, Eastern European immigration, social inequality, aging

 


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Marissa Gilbert

TBA

 

Education
TBA

 

Research Interests
TBA

 


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

 


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Chengming Han

cxh498@case.edu

Education
NA

Research Interests
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

 


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Asif Iqbal

asif.iqbal@case.edu

Education

B.A. Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 2013

M.A. Economics, West Virginia University 2016

 

Research Interests
Social and economic inequalities; Research Methods; Aging

 

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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

 


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Kaitlyn Barnes Langendoerfer

kxb289@case.edu

 

Barnes 2015

 

Education

M.A. Sociology, CWRU, 2015

B.A., Sociology, Premed Concentration, College of the Holy Cross, 2010

 

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

 

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Christine Louis

TBA

 

Education

TBA

 

Research Interests
TBA

 


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Kelly Melvin-Campbell

kmm193@case.edu

 

 


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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

 

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Colette Ngana

 

 


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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.

 


Erin Phelps

exp207@case.edu

 

Education
B.S., Sociology, Ball State University

 

Research Interests
Medical sociology, gender and sexuality, and social inequality

 


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

 


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


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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)

 


 

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

 


 

Sarah Shick

sarah.shick@case.edu

 

 


 

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

 

 

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Adrianna Smell

adrianna.smell@case.edu

 

 

Education

B.A., Sociology with an applied concentration and minors in Media Studies and Women Studies, University of Northern Colorado

M.A., Sociology, University of Northern Colorado

 

Research Interest

Research Methods; Social Inequality; Public Policy

 

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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

 

 

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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).

 

 


 

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.

 


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Carla Wilson

carla.wilson@case.edu

 

 

Education

B.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2011

M.S.S.A, Social Work, Case Western Reserve University, 2015

Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education, Liberty University Online – expected Dec, 2017

 

Research Interests
Education Inequality

 


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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

 

 


 

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

 

 

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