PhDs on the Market
Kristen M. Kalz
Areas of Study:
Environment & Technology | Science, Knowledge, & Technology | Risk & Hazards | Gender & Sexuality
Research & Teaching:
Technology & Society | Environmental Discourses | Class, Status, & Power | Urban Sociology | Social Problems | Gender & Sexuality | Methods
“Living and Organizing around Risks in a St Louis Community”
Amit Prasad (chair), Department of Sociology; Jeni Hart (co-chair), Education, Leadership, & Policy Analysis; Ibitola Pearce, Department of Sociology; Catherine Rymph, Department of History.
Kristen Kalz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology with an emphasis in Environment & Technology, and Science, Knowledge, & Technology. Prior to coming to Mizzou, she received both a B.S. in Psychology & Sociology, and a MA in Sociology, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Broadly speaking her research interests are in the study of Risk, Health, and Environment. Her current research is on the environmental uncertainty that surrounds residents who live and work around West Lake landfill and Coldwater Creek, both of which contain cold-war era radioactive waste. Specifically, her research addresses how risk(s) has been complexly woven in the life-worlds of the residents – impacting not just their day-to-day lives, but also their imaginaries of self and community, citizenship and government, and science and technology. Her research thus seeks to explore how such weaving of risk and attendant uncertainties define life-worlds of individuals and communities. Additionally, she has been an elected member of the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) for three years and has completed both the Women & Gender Studies certificate (2017) and a certificate in Grantsmanship (2016) while here at Mizzou.
Social Movements | Political Sociology | Race, Class, & Gender | Labor Movements
Social Movements | Political Sociology | Race & Ethnicity | Gender | Social Inequalities & Stratification | Work & Occupations | Comparative-Historical Methods | Theory | Social Problems | Class, Status, & Power
Solidarity Infrastructure: Gender and Race Solidarity and Cross-Class Coalitions in the Kansas City General Strike of 1918
Victoria Johnson (Chair), Clarence Y. H. Lo, Eric S. Brown, Joan Hermsen, Keona K. Ervin (History Department)
Jeff Stilley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology with an emphasis in Social Movements, Political Sociology, and Social Inequalities. Prior to coming to Mizzou, he received a B.S. in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver. At Mizzou, he has completed the Women & Gender Studies graduate minor. His research interests are in exploring the spatial-temporal dynamics of solidarity across wage level, gender, and race in the working class, and cross-class coalitions. His current research project analyzes these dynamics in the Kansas City labor movement and working class of the 1910s to explain how a general strike in sympathy with low wage white and black women workers came about during the First World War. The analysis develops the concept of “solidarity infrastructure” to explain the role bridge building played prior to, and during, intense class struggle.