Meet the 2013-2014 First Year Cohort!

Each year, the Department of Sociology welcomes an incoming cohort of PhD students. This year’s incoming graduate students hail from across the US and hold a wide range of research interests. Read on to learn a bit about our newest UMD sociologists!

Eowna Young Harrison

Eowna Young Harrison

Name: E. Young Harrison

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Degree: Bloomsburg University of PA : Sociology and Gender Studies

Is a sociologist because: I breathe it

Favorite late-night study snack: Protein boxes (from WaWa, Starbucks, 7 Eleven, etc.)

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Adolf Hitler

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Maroon 5, Songs About Jane

Name: Moriah Willow

Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate Degree: Portland State University

Is a sociologist because: nerdy and want to make a difference

Favorite late-night study snack: popcorn

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Julia Child

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Tribe Called Quest, Anthology

 

Mollie Greenberg

Mollie Greenberg

Name: Mollie Greenberg

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Undergraduate Degree: Smith College, Northampton MA : BA Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies

Is a sociologist because: I want to teach people about the unspoken hierarchy of ability in society. I want to work to dismantle the myth of the “abnormal” body and show how “disability” isn’t real and is actually a social construction, and hopefully make a difference in the perception of physical impairment.

Favorite late-night study snack: any type of potato chip, or dark chocolate

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Judith Butler

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? An album of 90s alternative one-hit-wonders

Mollie Greenberg

Mollie Greenberg

Name: Megan Wilhelm

Undergraduate Degree: Kenyan College : Psychology and ClassicsHometown: Ohio

Is a sociologist because: My 1st grade teacher who inspired me during my two years as a Teach for America corps member.

Favorite late-night study snack: cupcakes

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Homer (the poet)

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Motown’s Greatest Hits

Michael Norton

Michael Norton

Name: Michael Norton

Hometown: Fitchburg, MA

Undergraduate Degree: United States Naval Academy : BS Computer Science

Is a sociologist because: I’m in the Navy and was selected to teach as a permanent professor at the Naval Academy in the Leadership department with a focus on sociology. Earning a graduate degree is a prerequisite to teach.

Favorite late-night study snack: peanut M&Ms

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Neil Armstrong

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Macklemore, “Thrift Shop”

Daniel Standridge

Daniel Standridge

Name: Daniel Standridge

Hometown: Portland, ORUndergraduate Degree: Portland State University : BS Sociology

Previous Graduate Degree: Portland State University : MS Sociology

Is a sociologist because: circumstance, my past, and studying inequality

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Tough one but …Like Clockwork

Tuesday Barnes

Tuesday Barnes

Name: Tuesday Barnes

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland College Park : Sociology

Is a sociologist because: mentors and the McNair Program

Favorite late-night study snack: cookies and cream ice cream

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Ché

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Nas, Stillmatic

 

Sara Dimmick

Sara Dimmick

Name: Sara Dimmick

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Undergraduate Degree: Georgetown University, BSFS in International Relations, Security Studies and Eastern European Studies

Is a sociologist because: Sociology will fill in the gaps from my international relations background, which focused mainly on government actions. The population’s role in conflicts and international relations is largely forgotten. So I’m here!

Favorite late-night study snack: Pringles source cream and onion chips…and anything chocolate

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be? Elizabeth I

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

R. Gordon Rinderknecht

R. Gordon Rinderknecht

Name: R. Gordon Rinderknecht

Hometown: Adel, Iowa

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Sociology from the University of Iowa, Minor in English

Is a sociologist because: I have lots of different interests and sociology is broad enough to allow me to find a way to research nearly all of them.  It also offers me a way to turn my interests into a future occupation, hopefully in academia.

Favorite late-night study snack: Something with cheese

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?  Voltaire (not really sure, though)

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? “Madness” – Deltron 3030

 

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Name: Melissa Brown

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, BS & German, BA

Is a sociologist because:  I’m a sociologist because I study inequalities among racial groups and feel that sociology provides me the framework for understanding social structure & group processes.

Favorite late-night snack: Green tea

If you could have a drink or coffee with anyone from history, who would it be?  Beyoncé

If you were trapped in the data lab indefinitely and only had one album or song to listen to, what would it be? Beyoncé

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