PhDs on the Market

Zach Rubin

zcr34b@mail.missouri.edu

Research Interests:

Social Movements, Political Sociology, Environmental Sociology

Dissertation Title:

“Lifestyle, Cultural, and Social Movements in the “Node” at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Committee:

Dr. Victoria Johnson (Chair), Department of Sociology; Dr. Wayne Brekhus, Department of Sociology; Dr. Rebecca Scott, Department of Sociology; Dr. Mary Grigsby, Department of Rural Sociology.

Bio: 

Zach Rubin is a student of the world and the people who inhabit it, which has led him to pursue a PhD candidacy in sociology from the University of Missouri.  Within the discipline, his interests and specialties include social movements, political sociology, deviance, and environmental sociology.  He also has an MA in Geography and an Online Educator Certificate from the same institution.

Zach has a long and varied record of teaching across disciplines and institutions.  This includes courses in sociology, geography, rural sociology, and peace studies; taught at a large research institution, a private non-profit professional college, and a community college.  He has taught extensively both on-ground and online over the course of a decade, in the traditional 16 week format, 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-week formats; and self-paced.

His dissertation is an ethnographic study of an intentional community called Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and the activist tendencies of its members.  This has led him to develop the concept of the social movement “node,” where certain hallmarks of cultural movements, lifestyle movements, and social movements meet to bear a unique form of activism that interlinks cultural and political claims through a shared lifestyle.

Don Willis 

dew6d9@mail.missouri.edu

Research Interests:

Inequality, Health, Youth/ Life Course, Food and Food Insecurity

Dissertation Title:
"Feeding the Student Body: Insecurity and Inequality Among College Students"

Committee:
Dr. Joan Hermsen (Chair), Dr. Eileen Avery, Dr. Amit Prasad, Dr. Enid Schatz

Bio:

I am a Huggins Fellow and doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Broadly, my interests are in inequality and health disparities, with a particular focus on food insecurity. I frequently borrow from the life course paradigm and theories of social capital to help inform and frame my research. My dissertation examines food insecurity among college students—a population that has generally been overlooked within the literature—and the impact it has on academic, health, and social life outcomes. A primary goal of my research agenda is to broaden the understanding of food insecurity and how it impacts health by revealing the ways it operates through social factors; rather than treating food as simply a source of calories or nutrients, I emphasize the importance of food to social status and in shaping the same relationships it simultaneously moves through via practices of informal sharing and family role expectations. In other words, I investigate the non-nutritional pathways through which food and food insecurity may impact health.