PhDs on the Market
Robyn S. Swink
Culture and Media, Sociology of Gender, Race, Feminist Theory
Are Women Funny?: Exploring Gender, Race, (Post)Feminism, and Pleasure in “Women’s Comedy”
Dr. Rebecca Scott (Chair), Department of Sociology; Dr. Wayne Brekhus, Department of Sociology; Dr. Jaber F. Gubrium, Department of Sociology; Dr. Cristina Mislán, School of Journalism
I received my BA in Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology) from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008. I completed my MA in Sociology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011. After teaching briefly in St. Louis and Edwardsville, I came to the University of Missouri, Columbia to complete my Ph.D. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology, with a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I specialize in cultural studies, the sociology of gender, race, the sociology of humor, and feminist theory.
In my dissertation I use feminist critical discourse analysis to examine popular “women’s comedy” texts and ethnographic group interviews with viewers of those texts, in order to understand the cultural context of women’s comedy including how it contributes to and reflects emerging discourses of gender, race, and feminism.
I have substantial teaching experience including teaching Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequalities, Social Deviance, Sociology of Gender, Culture & Mass Media, and the Sociology of Youth. I have experience teaching a variety of class sizes and types, including both upper and lower division courses, online, and hybrid courses. I have also worked with diverse student bodies in a variety of institutional settings, including teaching at a community college and at two public universities.
Social Movements, Political Sociology, Environmental Sociology
“Lifestyle, Cultural, and Social Movements in the “Node” at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
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.
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.