Faculty

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.
Mark Berg

Mark Berg, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor and Collegiate Scholar
Director, Public Policy Center
Professor Mark Berg is the 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.
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.
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).
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.
Steve Hitlin

Steve Hitlin, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Steve Hitlin's interests include social psychology, self and identity, values, morality, social theory, and the life course.
Michael Lovaglia

Michael Lovaglia, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Michael Lovaglia's interests include social psychology, especially power and status processes, the reciprocal effects of evolution and physiology on social behavior, social factors that affect academic performance, theory construction, and the sociology of science.
Freda Lynn

Freda Lynn, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Freda B. Lynn is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa and a faculty affiliate of Iowa’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics.
Mary Noonan

Mary Noonan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Mary Noonan's research interests include gender, work, family, and quantitative research methods.
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Amber Powell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Amber Joy Powell received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2022. Her research examines the intersections of gendered racialized violence, law, and the carceral state.
Victor Ray

Victor Ray, Ph.D.

Title/Position
F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor
Victor Ray is the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a Nonresident Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, and a Carr Center Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Meghan Rogers

Meghan Rogers, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Meghan Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminology Department at the University of Iowa.
Michaela Ruppert

Michaela Ruppert, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
Director of Undergraduate Studies - Criminology
Michaela Ruppert is a criminologist whose teaching and research interests include delinquency, justice, and criminal punishment.
Louise Seamster

Louise Seamster, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Louise Seamster is a sociologist whose research examines contemporary mechanisms for the reproduction of racial and economic inequality. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the program of African American Studies at the University of Iowa.
Yongren Shi

Yongren Shi, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Yongren Shi is a computational sociologist working in the areas of social networks, organizations, social psychology, and culture. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa.
Bodi Vasi

Ion "Bodi" Vasi, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Bogdan Vasi's research focuses primarily on how social movements contribute to the diffusion of technological innovations, organizational change, and policymaking.
James Wo

James Wo, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Professor Wo’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of criminology, urban sociology, and planning and public affairs.
Marina Zaloznaya

Marina Zaloznaya, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director of the European Studies Group
Marina Zaloznaya joined the Sociology faculty at the University of Iowa in 2012, after she received a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.

Adjunct Faculty

Malinda Lamb

Malinda Lamb

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Ethan Rogers, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Interim Research and Operations Manager, Public Policy Center
Ethan Rogers is the Interim Research and Operations Manager at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.
John Zielke

John Zielke

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor

Affiliated Faculty

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.
Katie Broton

Katharine (Katie) Broton, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
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Xavier Escandell, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Celesta Albonetti

Celesta Albonetti, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Jae-On Kim

Jae-On Kim, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus

Staff

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Chuck Wieland

Title/Position
Department Administrator
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Kris Ackerson

Title/Position
Pre-Award Grant Development Manager
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Katie DeVries Hassman

Title/Position
Katie DeVries Hassman, Social Sciences Librarian, UI Libraries
James Herzig

James Herzig

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Ryan Kirkey

Title/Position
Accountant
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Kellie Kucera

Title/Position
HR Coordinator
Matthew  Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes

Title/Position
Senior Academic Advisor
Janelle Sturtz

Janelle Sturtz

Title/Position
University Shared Services Accountant
Terry  Tharp

Terry Tharp

Title/Position
IT Support Consultant
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Beth Watson

Title/Position
Departmental Program Coordinator

Graduate Students

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.
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
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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Jessica Douglass-Eurich

I earned an AA degree with an Emphasis in Math and Science from Cypress College in 2020 before transferring to California State University, Fullerton where I graduated in 2023 with a BA in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Inequalities and a minor in Philosophy.
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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.
Patrick Hardy

Patrick Hardy

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

Donghyun "Henry" Kim

Title/Position
Graduate Student
My name is Donghyun "Henry" Kim (김동현; 金東鉉). I obtained B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Chung-Ang University, South Korea. During that period, I aimed to contribute to the understanding of social anxiety disorder by investigating how individuals with social anxiety are sensitive to non-verbal social cues and how this sensitivity affects their emotions and social functioning in negative ways. 
Daniel Knipp

Daniel Knipp

Title/Position
Graduate Student
After earning a 4-year Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology with a Psychology minor at Northeastern University, I came to the University of Iowa to pursue a PhD and gain expertise in teaching. In December of 2019, I successfully defended my MA thesis; and in 2021 I passed my comprehensive exams in Social Psychology (with distinctions) and Mental Health.
Katherine Linder

Katherine Linder

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I’m a native of Illinois. I went to Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, for my undergraduate studies, majoring in sociology with minors in Spanish and psychology.
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Amy Lojewski

I graduated from University of Iowa in 2021 with B.A.s in Criminology and Spanish, as well as a minor in Latino/a/x Studies.
Yujia Lyu

Yujia Lyu

Title/Position
Graduate Student
My name is Yujia Lyu (吕煜佳). I am a PhD candidate in Sociology, also the Graduate Manager for the Center of the Study of Group Processes.
Asa Madison

Asa Madison

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Asa's primary research interests include social stratification and crime, specifically white-collar and corporate crime and corruption. He is interested in studying how environmental factors and geographical locations affect crime rates, as well as which demographic populations are affected the most. 
Sarah Malone

Sarah Malone

Title/Position
Graduate Student
My passion for sociology started at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology along with a minor in Mathematics.
Kelci Mueller

Kelci Millbrook

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I grew up in Northern Colorado near the Rocky Mountains and then I went on to graduate from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon) in 2019 with a B.A. in Criminology and Honors.
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Ei Miyauchi

I earned my B.A. in International Relations and Development Studies at International Christian University in Japan (2017), and MSc in Development Studies at London School of Economics (2018).
Mario Paez-Arellano

Mario Paez-Arellano

Title/Position
Graduate Student
My main research interest lies in Social Psychology, its application, and the micro-macro link.
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Dell Pippins

I am a doctoral student who earned a BA in Sociology from Adams State University, and after an internship with the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics & Biological Statistics went on to earn an MS in Statistical Science from the University of Idaho.
Chad Rhym

Chad Rhym

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Chad Rhym is a Graduate Student in the Department of Sociology from Athens, GA. He is a recent 2019 graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
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Kendall Riley

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I graduated from Indiana University in 2020 with B.S. degrees in human biology and psychology. My research interests lie at the intersection of public health, sociology, and criminology.
Levi Sands

Levi Sands

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Biology. While there I worked primarily with West Nile Virus in a virology laboratory.
Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Title/Position
Graduate Student
In 2018 and 2019, I received my BS in Psychology and my BA in Sociology with a minor in LGBTQ+ studies from Louisiana State University. I then went on to get my MA in Sociology from the University of Central Florida.
Regan Smock

Regan Smock

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I graduated in May of 2022 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish. My undergraduate thesis examined the effectiveness of three sexual assault prevention education programs completed before or during attendance at the University of Iowa, by analyzing reported bystander intervention actions.
Jay Sorensen

Jay Sorensen

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I’m a post-comprehensive exam PhD student in the department of sociology and criminology. My primary research interests are gender, sexualities, masculinities, and the sociology of culture, especially media and popular culture.
Philip Tostado

Philip Tostado

Title/Position
Graduate Student
I obtained an MA in Sociology at Portland State University and wrote my thesis on how racial heterogeneity in adolescent friendship networks impacts mental health outcomes.
Hanna Zadeh

Hannah Zadeh

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Hannah is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in sociology. For their undergraduate thesis, they developed a case study of a racialized medical algorithm to study how ideas about race travel through citation networks.