People

Michael Sauder

Michael Sauder, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Department Chair
Professor
Michael Sauder is Chair and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Iowa, specializing in the sociology of organizations, theory, culture, and inequality.
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Chuck Wieland

Title/Position
Department Administrator
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Kris Ackerson

Title/Position
Pre-Award Grant Development Manager
Celesta Albonetti

Celesta Albonetti, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Brian An

Brian An, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Brian An, affiliated faculty member with the Department of Sociology and Criminology, is an Associate Professor with the College of Education at the University of Iowa.
Mark Berg

Mark Berg, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor and Collegiate Scholar
Interim Director, Public Policy Center
Professor Mark Berg is the Interim Director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa.
Andrea Bianci

Alison Bianchi , Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director of the Center for the Study of Group Processes
Alison Bianchi is a structural social psychologist who specializes in group processes and in nomothetic theory construction and its concomitant quantitative methodology.
Katie Broton

Katharine (Katie) Broton, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
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Rachel Byrd

Major/Year Graduated: Sociology, 2006 Additional Education: Master of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University. Work Experience: After completing her master’s degree, Rachel worked as a Program Supervisor for an organization serving adults with disabilities. She led the restructuring and alignment of six different residential facilities resulting in higher service capacity and higher resident satisfaction rates. After the birth of her twins, Rachel worked for the United States Army when she was specifically hired to assist in the design and implementation of a multidimensional process to meet the requirements of a new Public Health Command initiative. When she successfully completed her contract with the Army, Rachel transitioned into the healthcare field working in lean management. Current Position: Rachel joined the University of Iowa Health Care as an Operations Engineer in 2019 and transitioned to the Project Management Office in 2020. Hobbies/Family: Outside of work, Rachel is a busy wife and mother of three boys. Raising a son with special needs due to his pre-mature birth, Rachel and her husband founded a sports program designed specifically for special needs youth. 
Kaylin Burgess

Kaylin Campbell

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Kaylin is a doctoral student who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Florida and her Master of Arts from the University of Iowa.
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Desiree Christensen, University of Iowa, Criminology, 2017

Major/Year Graduated: Criminology, 2017 Current Occupation: I am a paralegal for a personal injury law firm, VanDerGinst Law, P.C. There are offices located in Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Chicago. I help individuals who have suffered non-traumatic and traumatic injuries as a result of an accident/incident. My goal is to help injured individuals receive compensation for their injuries. I maintain anywhere between 75 and 100 pre-litigation and litigation files on a daily basis. I develop a professional relationship with each client to help better understand how their life has been impacted by the accident/incident. I assist an attorney with all pleadings, discovery and trial preparation for the litigation files. Each day is different, fast paced and a learning experiencing. How Did your Major (or college in general) Help Prepare you for your Career: When I graduated from the University of Iowa I did not know what career I wanted, but I wanted to help people whether it was criminals, victims, or drug addicts. My first job was as a Legal Assistant for an attorney practicing criminal and family law; which gave me the experience I needed to become a Paralegal. The legal field is fast-paced, stressful, but very rewarding all at the same time. Studying Criminology, Law and Justice taught me how to think objectively, develop a professional relationship with client, be empathetic and fight for what people deserve. Two of my favorite classes were Social Theory and Juvenile Delinquency, which are both theory based classes. These classes taught me how to think critically and analytically, which is helpful when investigating a personal injury accident/incident and fighting for the client.
Hyunsik Chun

Hyunsik Chun

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Iowa. I use both qualitative and computational methods to examine the causes and consequences of organizational and social change, and, in particular, the role that technology and collective action play in this change.
Colter Cleary

Colter Cleary

Title/Position
Graduate Student
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Katie DeVries Hassman

Title/Position
Katie DeVries Hassman, Social Sciences Librarian, UI Libraries
Stephanie DiPietro

Stephanie DiPietro, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Stephanie DiPietro’s research and teaching interests center on life course criminology, criminal desistance, and patterns of adaptation (and maladaptation) among immigrant and refugee groups, with a particular focus on violence and delinquency.
Hilary Douglas

Hillary Douglas

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I graduated from Benedictine College in 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts. I majored in Economics, International Studies, and Foreign Language. After moving several times and trying my hand at various odd jobs, I started working with refugees and immigrants through AmeriCorps.
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Xavier Escandell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
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Mahdi Feyz Karimlou

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I'm Mahdi and I grew up in Tehran, Iran. My interest in sociology deals with the intersection of politics and economics.
Jennifer Glanville

Jennifer Glanville, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Jennifer Glanville’s recent and ongoing research contributes to two main lines of inquiry: (1) the consequences of social capital (social connections that enhance the capacity of individuals and communities to achieve goals) and (2) the sources of generalized trust (trust in strangers).
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Kristin Hansen

NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2021 – Hearst Television has promoted Kristin Hansen from director, human resources to vice president, human resources.  “Kristin has been an important member of our team, helping us manage employee relations, motivation and retention during a period that has placed many demands on local journalists,” said Katherine Barnett, Hearst Television senior vice president, human resources. “The human resources challenges are only likely to grow in the future, but so are the opportunities for people in the industry to thrive, and for HR management programs to help enable them to do so.” “Kristin has been an instrumental part of our human resources team, especially as we have managed through this last year focused on the health and welfare of our colleagues during the pandemic,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “Her instinctive sensibility and employee-first focused approach make her the perfect addition to our leadership team.” Before moving to Hearst Television in 2016 as director, human resources, Hansen was chief workforce officer for CDS Global, a Des Moines-based subsidiary of Hearst Television parent company Hearst. At CDS, she was responsible for all human resources functions including benefits, employee relations, recruitment, global training, payroll and occupational health. She began her career at CDS in 1995 in account management, moving up in various functions before transitioning to training and employee relations. She was appointed workforce director in 2007 and chief workforce officer in 2010.  Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Iowa and masters degrees in Adult Learning and Organizational Development and Business Administration from Drake University, as well as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She has served on the Advisory Board of Paragon IT Professionals and on the Volunteer Engagement Cabinet for the United Way of Central Iowa.
Patrick Hardy

Patrick Hardy

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Patrick is native of Vancouver, WA and graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's in Sociology.
Sarah Harkness

Sarah Harkness, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Sarah Harkness's work centers on the social psychology of inequality, specifically related to the study of status, morality, health stigma, and intersectionality.
Jennifer Haylett

Jennifer Haylett, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
Director of Undergraduate Studies - Sociology
Jennifer Haylett conducts research and teaches in the areas of gender, family, medical sociology, sociology of reproduction, economic sociology, and qualitative research methods.
Karen Heimer

Karen Heimer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Collegiate Fellow
Karen Heimer is Professor of Sociology & Criminology, Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa.
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Alexandra Herron

I am a first-year PhD student from the small town of Athens, OH. I graduated from Ohio University with my B.A in Sociology (2020), B.S in Psychology (2021) and M.A in Sociology (2022) where I studied the effects of COVID-19 on the self-perceived mental health of first-year college students.