Sociology Grads

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Julia Arroyo

Degrees Earned:
B.A. Sociology, Bowling Green State University
M.A. Sociology, University of Florida

Research  and Teaching Interests: Quantitative Methodology, Families, Children and Youth, Race and Ethnicity, Cognitive Development, Mental Health

Fang-Yi "River" Huang

Degrees Earned:
B.A., 2003, National Taiwan Normal University
Master of Education in Educational Philosophy and History, 2009 - National Taiwan Normal University
Doctoral Student, 2013- Present - University of Florida

Research Interests: My area of specialization focuses on SES, gender, race, marital status, health disparities and social security income policy. According to theories of social stratification, economic resource redistribution fosters equality and social stability. However, in the U.S., the study reveals that retired black women reported fewer total retirement resources than retired white men. Therefore, as the senior population continues to grow, the aging is more and more serious, the need for study of structural inequality, the female senior poverty, retirement economic security, and inequality of demographic factors, will become more urgent in both U.S and Taiwan.Based on insights from to theories of social stratification, my future academic plan will be to adopt quantitative method to study the dissertation questions as follows. First, are there any differences between gender, race, marital status, and health disparities in the term of the electing timing of social security income from 2000 to 2010 in U.S.A.? Besides, are there interaction effects of SES, health conditions, marital status, race, and gender on the timing of electing social security income? My endeavors are to develop social security income policy research between East Asia and the US for promoting the ideals of gender and race equal opportunity.

Teaching Interests: Principle of Sociology, Quantitative Method

Dissertation Title: Determinants of the timing of electing the social security income receipt -An empirical analysis between race, gender, SES , marital status and health disparities

Dissertation Abstract: Social security income is the largest foundation and the most important income of retirement income for most Americans and has the function of redistribution. 65% of Baby Boomers think Social Security is an “extremely” or “very” important source of retirement income for them. Understanding how people decide the timing of electing social security income is helpful to know the trend of labor force participation rate in later life and a country’s efficiency in past decade. The result of the timing is firmly related to a large number of national budgets, assets investment and wealth reallocation. This issue is worthy of exploring because it has importance of retirement policy implication and economic security for the elderly since the timing of electing social security income is a consequential decision for changing population health, longevity, particularly for lower-income beneficiaries, lower education, black or other races, divorced groups, vulnerable widow men and women and so on.
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Cristina Ramos

Dissertation TitleThe Onward Migration of Colombians and Ecuadorians from Spain to the UK

Areas of research: international migration, gender and migration, immigration in the European context, immigration from Latin America

Dissertation committee: Dr. Barbara Zsembik (Chair),  Dr. Alin Ceobanu, Dr. Philip Williams, Dr. Milagros Pena

Research Interests: My main research interest is international migration, with a particular focus on three areas: gender and migration, migration in the European context, and migration from Latin America. My dissertation examines the onward migration of Colombians and Ecuadorians who, after having initially migrated to Spain, decide to move onward to the United Kingdom. The project combines the analysis of secondary statistical sources with primary qualitative data collected both in Madrid and London and is built around four issues in order to better explain this type of migration:  1) selectivity (who migrates onward and why); 2) lived experience (what it is like to migrate onward and how it differs from first migrations); 3) gender (how gender roles and gendered opportunities shape and are shaped during this process); and 4) social networks (how social ties develop onward migration flows and destinations).

Kim Wingard

Degrees Earned
M.A., 2011, Sociology, Middle Tennessee State University.
B.S., 2009, double major in Sociology and Psychology. Magna cum Laude. Jacksonville State University, Alabama.

Research and Teaching Interests
Health and Aging, Medical Sociology, Marriage and Family, Depression and Suicide, Interpersonal Relationships, Family Violence, Introduction to Sociology

Dissertation TitleInterpersonal Relationship History and Pre-Death Grief among Hospice Families: A Mixed Methods Study

Dissertation Abstract: The miracle of modern medicine has made it possible for people to live longer than any other time in recorded history. It has also led to fewer sudden deaths and more chronic illness with greater warning periods prior to death (Lynn 2005). When a person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, their lives and those of their loved ones undergo a drastic and permanent change. Individuals struggle to understand the implications of the news and the finality of its outcome. During this critical time, the diagnosed and their family members alike experience physical, emotional, and social symptoms of grief. This study suggests that there is a correlation between interpersonal relationship history and the ability of family members to grieve in a healthy way while supporting the dying and contributing to their ability to ‘die well.’ Employing a mixed methods approach, the current study aims to use personal interview data along with a previously proven grief inventory to determine whether strong relationship history leads to healthier grieving during the period at the end-of-life. The target sample for this study will be all volunteer and will include hospice patients (50+) and their loved ones (18+) and will focus on dyadic relationships more than family units. Being able to determine a connection between interpersonal relationship history and pre-death grief can assist future care workers in determining whether certain patients and/or loved ones may be susceptible to acute grieving processes.