Recent Placements of Missouri PhDs in Sociology

Robyn Swink--PhD 2019

Position: Assistant Professor, McKendree University, IL

David Elliott--PhD 2019

Position:Adjunct professor, Columbia College, MO

Jennifer Wilson--PhD 2019

Position: Associate Professor, Independence Community College, Kansas

Zach Rubin--PhD 2018

Position: Adjunct, Indiana State University, Indiana

Katherine Knop--PhD 2018

Position:Adjunct Faculty of Sociology, Winthrop university, SC

David Criger--PhD 2018

Position: Visitning Assistant Professor of Peace Studies, University of Missouri Columbia, MO

Katelynn Towne--PhD 2018

Position: Research Coordinator, Nebraska Center for Justice Research (NCJR) in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

Daniel Petrin--PhD 2018

Position: Assistant Professor, Community College of Rhode Island

Don Willis--PhD 2018

Position: Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Veronica Newton-Burke – PhD 2018

Position: Assistant Professor of Race, Georgia State University

Rebecca Rodriguez Carey --PhD 2018

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Crime and Delinquency Studies, Emporia State University 

Kara McGee – PhD 2018

Position: Subject Matter Expert, Sociology, Graphic World Inc., St. Louis, MO

Michael Sickels – PhD 2017

Position: Assistant Professor, Winthrop University

Anastacia Schulhoff – PhD 2017

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalacian State University

Chelsea Platt – PhD 2016

Position: Assistant Professor, Park University

Ashley Vancil-Leap – PhD 2016

Position: Instructor, Mississippi State University

Braden Leap – PhD 2016

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State University

Guðmundur "Gummi" Oddsson​ - PhD May 2014

Position: Associate Professor at Háskólinn á Akureyri; Former Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University 

Matt Cousineau - PhD May 2014

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Auburn University

I’ll never forget my time as a student in the Department of Sociology because it continues to play such an important part in my life. The faculty and staff helped me develop my intellectual perspective and prepare for tenure-track life. The extraordinary faculty taught courses where I gained an in-depth understanding of sociology’s classic themes, cutting edge debates, and methods. The faculty’s extensive experiences also provided a stock of practical knowledge that proved indispensable for successfully navigating the worlds of academic publishing and the academic job market. Finally, my experience as a graduate instructor in the department helped me gain valuable, first hand teaching experience.

Joshua Olsberg - PhD May 2014

Position: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, National University, California

My time as a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri was marked by intellectual growth and professional development.  The faculty members in the department are a diverse and energetic group that provides their students with the training necessary to have success on the academic job market.  The core course offerings gave me the opportunity to build a foundation of disciplinary knowledge that lead to a successful doctoral research agenda.  I refined my skills as a graduate instructor and developed courses that resonated with my own interests, something faculty members in the department encourage.   I was hired by Southern Methodist University in 2014, a program which houses a conventional Sociology major as well as an interdisciplinary program entitled ‘Markets and Culture.’

Margaret Ralston - PhD May 2014

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State

I joined the Sociology Department at Mississippi State as an assistant professor in Fall 2014. My research focuses on co​ncepts of health and social wellbeing in aging populations in the Global South. The ability to publish with faculty and the wide array of graduate mirrors offered at Mizzou prepared me well for life after grad school.

Roslyn Fraser Schoen - PhD May 2014

Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A & M, Central Texas; Postdoctoral Associate (2014-15), Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

My research contributes to global-transnational sociology through a critical examination of the gendered consequences of economic change. My current projects focus on women's status, women's labor,  and economic liberalization in Bangladesh and the U. S.

The sociology department at MU prepared me very well for an academic career through the courses they offer, the multiple opportunities for professional development, and by providing support for the job market. Sociology faculty at MU are experts in a variety of substantive areas and offer excellent courses in theory and method. The department encourages students to succeed by fostering an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity as well as supports students in writing grant proposals, preparing manuscripts, and presenting at conferences. Autonomous teaching was integral to the training I received in sociology at MU and I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach both traditional classroom and online courses on a variety of sociological topics. I am extremely grateful for my friends and colleagues in Mizzou sociology and cannot imagine a better place to have launched a career.

Jennifer Beggs Weber - PhD 2013

Position: Assistant Professor; Director of Women's Studies, University of West Georgia

Veronica Medina - PhD 2012

Position: Indiana University Southeast, Associate Professor of Sociology and Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator (2018-2021). I am also now serving at my institution as the faculty diversity coordinator in our Academic Affairs division, which also includes serving as the Director of ADIE: Academy for Diversity and Inclusive Education.

Stephen Barnard - PhD 2012

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Lawrence University

After a couple years in interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions, including Mizzou Advantage (2012) and the University of Denver (2013), I accepted a position with St. Lawrence University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  As three-time graduate of Mizzou Sociology (B.A. ’05, M.A. ’07, and Ph.D. ’12) I am especially grateful to the department and it’s faculty for preparing me well for this career path.  The breadth of faculty expertise in the department helped expose me to many research areas and methodologies, while their universally critical and theoretically-informed inquiries helped me fashion the tools I needed for my own academic work.  Looking back, I am just as grateful (if not more so) for the extensive teaching experience I gained as a graduate student at MU, which both gave me my calling and also prepared me to pursue

Jeffrey McCully  - PhD 2012

Position: tenure-track position at Moraine Valley Community College

In 2012, I earned a Ph.D. in sociology with graduate minors in college teaching, as well as women’s and gender studies. Having taught for five years as a graduate instructor, I was well prepared for a teaching career. I accepted a tenure-track position at Moraine Valley Community College in suburban Chicago, and I earned tenure in 2015. Studying sociology at Mizzou sparked a passion for social justice in me. As such, I have been instrumental in significant changes at Moraine Valley. I’ve led initiatives that have resulted in the creation of gender non-specific bathrooms in each classroom building on all three campuses, the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the college and faculty union nondiscrimination policies, an online resource guide for LGBTQ+ students, and preferred names for trans and gender nonconforming students on student ID cards, course rosters, and Canvas.


William Force  - PhD 2011

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology; Director of Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, Western New England University

My research program emphasizes the accomplishment of identity at the intersection of culture, language, and power. I have published the following:

"Toward a Cryptoscience." Forthcoming chapter in The Supernatural in History, Society, and Culture (edited by Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton; 2018; Temple University Press). My chapter articulates an argument for the academic exploration of the supernatural, providing a framework through which various supernatural topics are considered.

“Trick-or-Treating.” Chapter in Popular Culture as Everyday Life (edited by Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini; 2015, Routledge Press). This essay considers gift-giving as a micro-political technology of identity construction.

“Consumption Styles and the Fluid Complexity of Punk Authenticity" in Symbolic Interaction (2009; vol. 32, issue 4). An ethnographic study of the construction and maintenance of punk identity.

“The Code of Harry: Performing Normativity in Dexter” in Crime, Media, Culture (2010; vol. 6, issue 3). A theoretical analysis of identity performance in the TV series Dexter.

In addition to my teaching, I coordinate Safe Space training on campus and direct the Women's & Gender Studies minor. I am also pleased to act as the faculty advisor for the student organization Feminists Unite! (  


James M. Thomas (JT) - PhD December 2011

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi

My research has been featured in international, peer-reviewed journals including Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, and Ethnography. My monograph, Working to Laugh(Lexington Press, forthcoming) examines how collective feelings of ‘good times’ are manufactured, and then tethered to prevailing norms of race, class, gender, and sexuality within urban nightlife settings. My current research, funded in part through the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, aims to illuminate how institutional rhetoric of diversity, racial civility, and multiculturalism enables and constrains racial unrest on American college campuses.

The University of Missouri’s Sociology program prepared me well for a life on the tenure-track. The faculty in the Department are committed to a critically oriented sociology program that prepares its students to distinguish themselves in both research and pedagogy upon graduation. My mentors were extremely supportive of my academic interests, and worked closely with me to turn those interests into areas of expertise.