Alphabetical, by last name
Anne Marie Champagne
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.
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.
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.
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.
(B.A. Sociology, Haverford College.)
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
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
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.