Junior Fellows

Elisabeth Becker
Yale University

Sorcha Alexandrina Brophy
Yale University

Sorcha Alexandrina Brophy graduated from Harvard College with a degree in the Comparative Study of Religion (high honors). Her research interests include the sociology of morality, the sociology of religion, and postcoloniality. Her current projects include papers on American Protestant social identities as well as a study of cultural policy, civility and propriety in the Anglophone Caribbean.

Anne Marie Champagne
Yale University

Research interests: Cultural Sociology (visual and material culture, iconicity, performativity and symbolic interaction); Sociology of Gender, Medicine and the Body; Sociology of Conscience, Moral Development and Social Solidarity; Social Theory. Anne Marie Champagne’s current research projects include an investigation of the relationship between breast surgery and gender wellness (meaning-making, affirmation, and performance) among breast cancer survivors and female-to-male transgender persons as well as an historical examination of the civil sphere’s influence in the social construction and (re)interpretation of masculinity.
Education: B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies (Social Science, Communications and Educational Psychology), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Andy Cohen
Yale University

Andrew Cohen graduated from Fontbonne University in 2008 with a dual major Sociology and Advertising and a minor in American Culture Studies. His interdisciplinary education in advertising and his professional experience in the industry turned into a deep interest in advertising as a sub-cultural production. His aim is to develop a cultural sociology of the advertising agency, looking at the narratives and structures of meaning which shape the products of the advertising industry. He is also interested in gender and queer theory, as well as just about any social creation of meaning.

Thomas Crosbie
Yale University

Research interests: Tom Crosbie is currently developing a cultural approach to the study of civil-military relations, military theory and military organizational change. He is also interested in media, particularly the development of complex televisual narratives and the role of film in indigenous cultures. His past research focused on modernist literature. Education: BA [Memorial University of Newfoundland (English)], MA [La Trobe University (Literary Studies)]

Mira Debs
Yale University

Research interests: Culture, trauma and memory including the role of art in Italy, post-colonial memory in India, post-civil rights memory in the American South, and the sociology of education.
Education: B.A. Humanities with honors, (University of Chicago), MPhil European Politics and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), Oxford University.

Alex DiBranco
Yale University

Shai Dromi
Yale University

Shai Dromi is a doctoral candidate interested in the sociology of morality, cultural sociology, comparative and historical sociology, and sociological theory. His dissertation studies the establishment and early development of the Red Cross in the second half of the 19th Century, with a comparison to late 20th Century humanitarian organizations. This study seeks to shed light light on the ways in which historically variable notions of morality interact with organizational politics, cultural structures, and agency.

Shai holds a B.A. in sociology, cultural anthropology and communication and an M.A. in sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as an M.A. and an M.Phil in sociology from Yale University.

Shai Dromi Curriculum Vitae

Jesse Einhorn
Yale University

(B.A. Sociology, Haverford College.)

Alison Gerber
Yale University

Alison Gerber is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Yale University and a junior fellow of the Center for Comparative Research and the Center for Cultural Sociology. Her research focuses on work, culture, and public life.

Her dissertation research examines variation in the ways artists define the value of their activities in order to investigate mechanisms that influence monetary valuation and occupational commitment. The project aims to develop a theory of valuation and its variation within occupations, and to illuminate valuation outside of stable employment relationships in order to contribute to our understanding of artists as well as economic and working life more generally.

Alison holds a BA and BFA from the University of Minnesota, attended Critical Studies at Malmö Art Academy / Lund University, and holds an MA and MPhil from Yale University.

Till Hilmar
Yale University

James Hurlbert
Yale University

Isabel Jijon
Yale University

Isabel Jijon graduated from Yale University in 2011. Her senior thesis was on cultural globalization, looking specifically at the interplay between sport and race in a rural Ecuadorian community. She has published on Latin American culture and politics. Her research interests include identity politics, race relations and the global discourse of human rights, as well as cultural sociology more generally.

Jin Su Joo
Yale University

Joseph Klett
Yale University

Joseph Klett is a doctoral candidate and junior fellow in the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. His research interests include sound studies, knowledge production, science and technology studies, new media, music and aesthetics, social movements, and human-animal relations. Joseph’s dissertation is titled ‘The Social Life of Noise: Perception, Technology, and Culture.’ This work concerns the meaning of “noise” as a sonic concept in audio engineering and American music education. Through ethnographic studies, Joseph approaches sound through theories of practice and cognition to address issues of meaning and meaning-making, realism, expertise, space, aesthetics and communication, and objectivity. Joseph’s previous research projects have included a study on meaning-making in the genre of American ‘Noise Music’, a study of digitized music consumption on reception, and the coding of non-human animals in the discourse of animal rights. (B.A. Sociology, University of California, San Diego; M.A. Yale University)

Carolyn Ly
Yale University

Research Interests: Cultural Sociology; Community and Urban Sociology; Ethnography; Organizations, Occupations, and Work; Qualitative Methods; Microsociology/Social Psychology.

Carolyn is a Doctoral Candidate and Junior Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Center for Comparative Research, and the Urban Ethnography Project. She will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD this summer.

Her dissertation,  “Meaning and Merit in American Municipal Firefighting,” relies on ethnographic, interview, and historical methods to show how institutional changes and meanings of work are negotiated within the Urban Fire Service in the contemporary United States. In particular, her project examines cultural meanings of firefighting work and group processes – emphasizing the reproduction of (occupational) culture through everyday interaction and boundary work. She also explores how institutional changes and organizational level dynamics are connected by focusing on the experience of workers within organizations and the role of the national union association. Her research is framed by a contextual understanding of public sector organizations under duress within the urban (sociopolitical) context.

Carolyn is broadly interested in the role of symbolic meaning as it is constructed, experienced, and contested in particular spaces such as the firehouse, the workplace, or the local community, with particular attention to the role of social categorizations like race, ethnicity, gender, and “class.” She has published work which ethnographically examines the significance of the local library in an impoverished urban neighborhood; she has also conducted research on the reception of cultural images of Asian Americans in popular media. At Yale and neighboring Southern Connecticut State University, Carolyn has taught lecture and seminar courses on topics including Introduction to Sociology; Sex and Gender; Self and Society, and Exploring Social Issues (a critical thinking core curriculum course).

Education: B.A. Sociology, summa cum laude (Hunter College, City University of New York); Phi Beta Kappa; M.A. Sociology, Yale University; M.Phil. Sociology, Yale University.

Todd Madigan
Yale University

Todd Madigan is studying the various meanings of voluntary human suffering, particularly when this suffering is adopted in response to the misery of others. He is also developing the concept of ambiguous social performance and inquiring after its place within the framework of cultural pragmatics. In both these research areas, he is interested in deploying the interpretive insights of philosophical hermeneutics, narratology, and performativity.

For the decade prior to his arrival at Yale, Todd worked closely with the homeless young people of Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Moscow, Russia.

Education: B.A. philosophy, summa cum laude, San Jose State University; M.A. English, San Francisco State University

Tim Malacarne
Yale University

Tim Malacarne graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 with a BS in Foreign Service. His senior honors thesis examined American socio-political divisions and viewing preferences for popular cinema. Tim is interested in the way in which entertainment spectacle both shapes and reflects society and its component groups. He is particularly interested in examining differences between the way this occurs in cosmopolitan and rural areas.

Christine Slaughter
Yale University

Christine Slaughter studies social movements, culture, and the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality. Her dissertation project studies the efforts of activists in African-American and LGBTQ movements to shift cultural representations of their groups in the public sphere. Her previous work has examined gender and American political discourse using Nancy Pelosi as a case study, and the social meaning of humor and its connection to ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality in the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.

Yasushi Tanaka
Yale University

Research Interests: Yasushi is interested in culture as a negotiative space where sentimentality is seen as a vital component to the construction and upholding of it. Specific interests include the Japanese civil sphere in relation to the dissemination of trauma narratives, material culture and iconicity as artifacts of the civil sphere, public sociology and critical pedagogy, causality in cultural analysis, and the paradigmatic dispute between the Strong Program in Cultural Sociology and British Cultural Studies. Education: B.A. Sociology, with First Class Honours (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dicky Yangzom
Yale University