Our Current Students

Our students enter the program from a wide range of fields and interests.  Click on the links below to learn more about some of our current students.

Allison Cabana IMG_2351

Allison’s current focus is around participatory action research (PAR and yPAR), production of knowledge and epistemology, social identities, and intersectionality.



LorenCahillLoren Cahill

Loren is interested in the identification and subsequent investigation into barriers to and incentives, for developing critical consciousness and youth empowerment interventions.



Jenn Chmielewski

Jenn uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore women and girls’ lived experiences of gender, desire and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens



Cory Greene Cory's GC Picture

Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated organizer/leader in his sixth year of study.



Emese IlyesIMG_5021

Emese is committed to understanding the lived experience of moral exclusion and how individuals oppressed by socially constructed and violent labels resist and challenge discrimination.



Johan MelchiorIMG_20141122_103339 Johan

Johan’s research interests pivot around empowering and transformative interventions for groups working within the caring professions.



Kim NguyenNguyen

Kim’s research interests are in gender studies, child development within the cultural context, social justice, group dynamics, and political war trauma.



cristina onea profile picCristina Onea

Cristina’s research interests are varied, but focus on surveillance as well as transgenerational trauma as a result of mass human rights violations.



sonia sanchez profile picSonia Sanchez

Sonia’s research aims to explore in which ways understanding difference and complicity can be leveraged to consciously connect struggles to dismantle systems made to divide and oppress.



Kate Sheesekatesheese

Kate’s research interests include embodiment and sexual subjectivities, reproductive justice, and migration policies/citizenship regimes/politics of categorization.



Patrick Sweeneydfpic

Patrick’s dissertation uses computer-assisted text analysis and discourse analysis to study how scientific theories about the etiology of homosexuality have become part of public discourse.



WindelFriederike Windel

Friederike is interested in social identity, agency, inclusion and exclusion, and narrative research.



Diane YoongDiane Yoong

Diane is interested in understanding the ways Asian American LGBT/queers negotiate (or not) the coming out framework.

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