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Department of Sociology Alumni Placement

A History of Alumni Placement

Since 1980, the Department of Sociology at Washington State University has granted over 350 Ph.D. degrees. Over 60 percent of these graduates secured academic appointments at colleges and universities. Another 35 percent secured comparable research positions with government agencies or private research organizations.

In addition, our graduates are currently employed in a number of government agencies and research organizations. Below is a list of recent alumni placements.

2016

  • Hong Zhang – Associate Research Fellow, Institute of National Governance, Sun Yat-Sen University

2015

  • Ardavan Davaran – Research Associate, Research Development Associates
  • Andrew Crookston – Instructor, Spokane Falls Community College
  • Joe Astorino – Director, Community Action Center
  • Annika Anderson – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University – San Bernardino
  • Sarah Blake – Instructor, Department of Sociology, Washington State University
  • Katie Clemons – Instructor, Department of Social Science, Spokane Falls Community College
  • Feng Hao – Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Richmond
  • Liz Harris – Senior Administrative Analyst, Human Services Agency, City and County of San Francisco, California
  • Joseph Kremer – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Luther College

2014

  • Ali O. Ilhan – Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Özyeğin University

2013

  • Michelle Edwards – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas Christian University
  • Indeira Persaud – Psychology Lecturer and Counselor, St. Vincent and Grenadines
  • Meredith Williams – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University

2012

  • Kristin Cutler – Instructor, Department of Sociology, Washington State University
  • Kyle Knight – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alabama – Huntsville
  • Craig Dublin Macmillan – Lecturer, Department of Wine & Viticulture, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo; Principal, Dublin Macmillan Group
  • Benjamin Messer – Research Associate, Research Into Action
  • Rayna Sage – Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University
  • James F. Sanders – Senior Business Data Analyst, University of Utah
  • Lindsey Trimble O’Conner – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University – Channel Islands
  • Sarah Whitley – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Fresno State University

2011

  • Morgan Millar – Instructor, Department of Sociology, Westminster College

2010

  • Justin Berg – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Dakota
  • Rob Macauslan – Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Manchester Community College, and Analyst, STAR
  • Taj Mahon-Haft – Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Radford University
  • Lyssa Thaden – Director of School Advancement, Development Office, Saint George’s School
  • Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto – Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Buena Vista University

2009

  • Chien-fei Chen – Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee
  • Arina Gertseva – Instructor & Research Associate, Social & Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University
  • Shushanik Makaryan – Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Brian (John) McQueen – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminology, Upper Iowa University
  • Nick Parsons – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Brian Rookey – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Portland

2008

  • Alison Cliath – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University – Fullerton
  • Sarah Chivers – Research Associate, Graduate Research School, Edith Cowan University
  • Jessica Crowe – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Texas-Dallas
  • Maria Monserud – Postdoctoral Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Julie Rice – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, New Mexico State University

2007

  • Leah Melani Christian – Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
  • Kazumi Kondoh – Research Associate, Division of Social Science, International Christian University
  • Scott Sawyer – Research, Evaluations, and Communications Coordinator, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Jolene Smyth – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Survey Research and Methods Program, University of Nebraska

2006

  • Christopher Biga – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, North Dakota State University
  • Bryan Burke – Political Action Coordinator & Private Business Owner, Moscow, Idaho
  • Michelle Evans – Researcher, Anchorage Justice Center
  • James Rice – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, New Mexico State University
  • Michelle Robertson – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, St. Edwdard’s University
  • Lonnie Schaible – Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • Michael Stern – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Charleston

2005

  • Irshad Altheimer – Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University
  • Vicki Getz – Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Justice Studies, University of Idaho
  • Judy Hennessy – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Central Washington University
  • Chad Smith – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas State University
  • Mitsuko (May) Takeuchi – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Social Psychology, University of West Alabama
  • Teresa Tsushima – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

2004

  • Jane Florence Gauthier – Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Marcia Gossard – Science Writer and Editor, Washington State University
  • Anne Lincoln – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Southern Methodist University
  • Marta Maldonado – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University
  • Phillip Vannini – Assistant Professor, Department of Communication & Culture, Royal Roads University
  • Chenyang Xiao – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Albright College

2003

  • Yahya Ahmed Ali – Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Hashemite University
  • June Ellestad – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Montana
  • Dustin Hollist – Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Montana
  • Lorine Hughes – Associate Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska
  • Ellen Omohundro – Environmental Epidemiologist, Tennessee Environmental Protection Agency

2002

  • Akins, Scott – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Oregon State University
  • McCright, Aaron – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
  • York, Richard – Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon