Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Annika Arnold
University of Stuttgart

Annika Arnold is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where she works with her supervisor Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn. In her doctoral thesis she explores how climate agents tell the story of climate change to an audience whose actual motives and interests are partly hidden. In doing so, she draws on the insights of cultural sociology, environmental sociology, and cultural geography. The analysis of narratives makes use of semiotic methodology and thus explores the far-reaching link between this field and cultural sociology, connecting two of Annika’s academic interests: cultural sociology and literature studies.

She received her M.A. from the University of Konstanz after having studied Sociology, German Literature, and Arts and Media Studies at the Universities of Konstanz, Germany and Oslo, Norway.

Annika has taught courses on qualitative methods as well as introductory sections on sociology. She is currently holding a dissertation scholarship by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Germany.

Annika is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, to which she was invited as a Visiting Graduate Student for the academic year 2011/ 2012.

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Grzegorz Brzozowski
The Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, Poland

Grzegorz Brzozowski is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. He participated in a number of Summer Schools on the topic of religion in public life (including Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen 2010, UCSIA 2011, New School TCDS 2011). He was a Visiting researcher at Freie Universität Berlin (April-May 2012) and was a visiting graduate student at Yale University in 2013, where he was affiliated with Center for Cultural Sociology.

He works on the topic of ritual-like festive events in the contemporary Polish public sphere. His academic interests include anthropology of performance, methodologies of visual research, neo-Durkheimian sociology of religion and post-secular theories of public sphere. His recent article is: Spatiality and the Performance of Belief: The Public Square and the Collective Mourning for John Paul II (Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2013). Currently he became a member of the international research group “Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource” organized by University of Oslo.

He also works as a documentary director, graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (2010), with a movie Today in Warsaw, Tomorrow Whatever. He participated in a number of documentary workshops (VGIK Summer School 2009), having his projects shown in Israel, Sweden and France (Cannes Short Film Corner). Since 2011, he works as an editor of Kultura Liberalna, a Polish intellectual weekly online journal, where he also published a number of articles on the role of performative religion in Polish public sphere and pop-culture.

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Anne Lin
State University of New York at Albany

Anne Lin is a graduate student in the Sociology Ph.D. program at the State University of New York at Albany. She received her undergraduate degree at the National Taiwan University in Taiwan, where she studied international relations and gender theories. Anne’s broad range of research interests include gender and queer theory, body politics, media studies, cultural globalization and transnational interactions, and postcolonial theories. She developed deep interest in gender issues and did many research on topics concerning sex work and body politics. In addition, Anne is also a strong advocate for the Free Open Source Software (FOSS) movement.

However, Anne’s current research focuses on the transnational media and cultural flows in East Asia. She is aiming to utilize research tools in the strong program paradigm to analyze narratives and cultural symbols that travel around the East Asian region. She also hopes to delineate how countries define and redefine, draw and redraw boundaries between national and cultural borders in an age of postcoloniality and globalization, and how these efforts in interpreting culture weave into webs of meaning structures.

Nickie Michaud Wild
State University of New York at Albany

Nickie Michaud Wild is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor at the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. She is currently working on her Doctoral Dissertation, which examines the evolving trends in political comedy on television during the U.S. Presidential elections from 1980-2008. It hopes to explain the changes in how prominent actors in the public sphere discuss such comedy, its increasing relevance to the language of American politics, and the transformative power of satire. Additionally, her research and teaching areas include Culture, Politics, Democracy, Domestic Violence, Mass Media, and 9/11.

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Lacy Mitchell
State University of New York at Albany

Laura Milanes
State University of New York at Albany

Lina Rincón
State University of New York at Albany

Lina Rincón is a doctoral candidate and lecturer at the department of sociology at State University of New York at Albany. She was born in Colombia where she studied anthropology. In 2004, she received her M.S. in anthropology from University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her current research analyzes meaning making structures that allow or prevent recent migrants to successfully incorporate to American society. She is currently working on her dissertation examining forms of attachment Latin American engineers create, as a means to incorporate into middle class America. Specifically, she is working with a group of Colombian and Puerto Rican engineers who were hired by American IT companies during the 90s ‘dot com’ boom. In addition, she is collaborating with Dr. Angie Chung to create a model to study migrant liminal identities. She presented her analysis of immigration rhetoric in the CNN Lou Dobbs’ show at the CCS Annual conference in 2010.

Ian Sheinheit
State University of New York at Albany

Ian Sheinheit is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. His research lays at the intersection of culture, media, and politics. Ian is currently working on a number of projects concerned with the transitions of the political news media field. His work analyzes the changes and impacts of digital communication technologies on politics, professionalism, journalism, and news content. Specifically, his research compares and analyzes the ways in which different news media content producers, during different historical or contemporary moments, report political events and wars, claim authority and legitimacy, and impact political campaigns. His dissertation is an exploration of the structural and cultural alterations occurring in the political news media field in the lead up to the 2004 and 2008 presidential election cycles with a topical focus on the Iraq War. Methodologically, Ian combines systematic content analysis, media event reconstruction, and narrative analysis. Ian’s work can be found in the journals Mass Communication and Society and PS: Political Science and Politics.

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Abby Stivers
State University of New York at Albany

Ping Wang
Fudan University

Ping Wang is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology at Fudan University. He was born in Hangzhou, a city famous for its picturesque scenery and associations with many celebrated poets and painters. He has lived in Shanghai for more than 10 years, where he received BS in social work and MA in sociology. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation on the social transition and urban poverty in mainland China, especially cultural codes and context in the urban life of ordinary residents. His interests are social stratification, cultural sociology, field methods, and NGO studies. He was the co-director for several marketing research programs and program evaluation of government programs. In addition, he is a licensed social worker with experience working with youth and families.