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Current Graduate Student Notable Accomplishments

The Department of Sociology recognizes our talented graduate students and congratulates them on their many accomplishments!


Erykah Benson

Awarded Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship (ICPSR Summer Program) — 2022


Jacob Caponi

Awarded the Rackham Language Training Grant to learn Kinyarwanda — 2022

Awarded the Global Individual Grant (GIG) from the International Institute at University of Michigan for his research on legal aid and gender-based violence in Rwanda — 2022

Awarded a research grant from the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan for his research on legal aid and gender-based violence in Rwanda — 2022


Zoe Chanin

Gave a presentation with Anna Wood  at the URSA workshop on our research regarding media treatment of campus sexual assault disputes. It was entitled, '“Kangaroo Courts?: Media Contestation Over Campus Sexual Assault”' — October 22, 2021

Additionally, the first issue of the Michigan Journal of Law and Society, in which Zoe was the founding Editor of Sociology Content, went to publication this year. — 2022


Shauna Dyer

Coauthored paper with Giovanni Roman Torres, titled "Latina/o Postsecondary Education: Trends in Racial/Ethnic Education Gaps and the Role of Citizenship in Access to Higher Education," was accepted for publication in Demography and released — August 1, 2022

The paper has received three Honorable Mention Awards so far:

David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Sociology of Education — 2022

Mark Chesler Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the department of Sociology at the University of Michigan — 2022

Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA Section on Race, Class, and Gender — 2022


Luis Flores

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship — Summer 2022

(Alternate) Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship — 2022

Fellow, ASA Minority Fellowship Program — 2022


Jane Furey

Received the 2021 Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award — December 2021

The award is presented annually in recognition of the most outstanding article published in a journal of the American Education Research Association (AERA). Her co-authored paper, "What Happens When You Combine High School and College? The Impact of the Early College Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion" was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in 2020.


Sidney Galan

Sidney was awarded the graduate student research grant by the Anti-Racism Collaborative, administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), for her research on racial meaning-making and conflict negotiation among black/white interracial couples in the contemporary United States — 2022


Miriam Gleckman-Krut

Awarded the ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant — 2022

Received a Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship, which "supports doctoral candidates working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful."


Maya Glenn

Received the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for dissertation research: "Black Women's Sexual Identity Formation Processes" — 2022

Received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship — 2022 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Sofia Hiltner

Awarded the Angus Campbell Scholars Fund — 2022

Coauthored a paper with Erin Cech titled "Unsettled Employment, Reshuffled Priorities? Career Prioritization among College-Educated Workers Facing Employment Instability during COVID-19"January 2022

National Science Foundation/NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program — 2022


Joyce Ho

Awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship — 2021-2024


Kimson Johnson

Recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship worth $10,000 — March 29, 2022


Charles Katulamu

Awarded the Rackham International Research Award — 2022

Awarded the African Studies Center Summer Research Grant — 2022

Awarded the Gutsy Broad Fund through the Center for the Education of Women (CEW+) — 2022

Awared the Institute of Social Research Next Generation award through the Population Studies Center Small grants — 2022


Katherine Leu

2020 paper with Dr. Caren Arbeit, “Differences in High School CTE Coursetaking by Gender and Race/Ethnicity,” was awarded the "Outstanding CTER Journal Article Award" by ACTER (the Association for Career and Technical Education Research) — November 29-30, 2021


Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez

Awarded the Global Individual Grant (GIG), International Institute, University of Michigan — 2022

Awarded the African Studies Center Support for Research in Africa, University of Michigan — 2022

Received the Gupta Values Scholarship, University of Michigan — 2022

Awarded the Rackham Public Engagement Grant, University of Michigan — 2022

Received a Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship, Donia Human Rights Center — 2022

Received three years of support from the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship — 2022


Erin McAuliffe

Recipient of the ASA DDRIG — 2022


Analidis Ochoa

Featured in CNBC digital media story, "Why so many companies want your blood" — June 30, 2022

Co-authored paper titled "The Interlinkage between Blood Plasma and Poverty" cited in Washington Post article "Surviving Inflation One Plasma Donation at a Time"May 2022

Invited to present “Plasma Donation as an Economic Coping Strategy” at Propel: Lunch and Learn — March 2022

Received the Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan — 2022

Received the Sociology Dissertation Research Grant, University of Michigan — 2022

Received the Rackham Dissertation Research Grant, University of Michigan — 2022

Received the Marshall Weinberg Endowment, Population Studies Center, ISR, University of Michigan — 2022

Received the Center for Racial Justice's Student Initiative Grant — 2022

Completed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Traineeship, University of Michigan Population Studies Center — 2021-2022

Featured in podcast series titled "Bed of Lies: Blood" by UK publication The Telegraph and cited in accompanying article "Inside the murky world of the billion-dollar plasma trade" — November 2021


Adriana Ponce

Dissertation article, "The Custody Load," was recognized by the American Sociological Association through the Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award for its cutting-edge contributions to sociological inquiry on sex and gender — 2022

Other dissertation article, "Power Moves," was a finalist for the ASA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award in the family section — 2022


Shoshana Shapiro

Received Horowitz Foundation Dissertation Grant — Used Summer 2022

Received Poverty Solutions Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Award — Served as RA during Fall 2022


DeAnna Smith

Recipient of the IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship — 2022


Abbet Smith

Presentation with Juan Gudino at ELSIcon: "The Limits of Consent and Patterns of Coercion in U.S. Histories of Eugenic Sterilization" — 2022

Received The University of Iowa College of Public Health's "Advancing Graduate Student Success Award" for work studying Legionnaire's disease decision-making during the Flint water crisis.


Aya Waller-Bey

Selected as one of 2022 TEDxDetroit speakers! The show is scheduled for October 26, 2022 at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit.

Invited to sit on the Students of Color of University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School (SCOR) Racial Justice panel as part of the 2022 Social Justice Symposium — April 2022

Invited speaker at the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) virtual Summit, where she shared her research on the “Narratives of Resistance: The Case of the College Essay.” — March 2022

Invited speaker at the frank Gathering organized by the University of Florida Center for Public Interests Communication — February 2022

Selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the University of Michigan — March 2022

Published op-ed about research in Forbes December 2021

Interviewed about life and research by VoyageMichigan magazine — December 2021


Anna Wozny

Received the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship — 2022-2023

Received the Center for Japanese Studies Alumni Fellowship — 2020-2022

Received the Outstanding Published Article Award – Honorable Mention from the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association (for “Moralizing the Production and Sale of Student Papers in Uganda” published in the American Sociological Review with Maggie Frye) — 2022

Received the SASE/Digit Early Career Workshop Award from the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (for “Organizational Intermediaries in Marketized Courtship Exchanges: The Case of Japanese Marriage-Hunting”) — 2022


Mira Vale

Received the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship — May 5, 2022

Awarded the ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her dissertation, "Data Values: Moral Entrepreneurship in Digital Health" — 2022


Jesse Yeh

Received an Honorable Mention for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division paper award for his paper: "White Victimhood as Organizational Decoupling: The Case of Anti-White Hate Incidents Reporting" — Summer 2022


Jun Zhou

Paper accepted for presentation at the open paper session "Platforms, Visibility, and Power" in Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology, 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles — August 5-9, 2022

Awarded the Best Student Paper in Economic Sociology and Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology Section, by the American Sociological Association — July 2022

Received the Linda Burton Award, Family Section, by the American Sociological Association — July 2022

Paper accepted for presentation in the Digital Economy network for the conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands — July 9-11, 2022

Selected to participate in the New Political Economy Graduate Summer Institute at UC Berkeley — June 6-19, 2022

Winner of the 2022 McGuigan Prize for best graduate essay in Women's and Gender Studies — April 2, 2022 

Received the Lieberthal-Rogel Travel and Research Fellowship for 2022-2023 ($7,500) — March 25, 2022

Rackham International Student Fellowship for 2021-2022 ($10,000) — December 2021