Thanks for your interest in the joint Graduate Program in the Departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology. Please read the following information if you are considering contacting me as a potential graduate advisor.
Please consult the program web pages for an overview of the program as well as detailed information about the degree requirements and application process.
I encourage you to communicate directly with the graduate coordinator (email@example.com) about program and application matters. In reviewing applications, I am most interested in working with students who have strong academic backgrounds and interests in demographic, racial, spatial, and environmental dimensions of inequality and human settlement patterns. My research program is largely based in the United States, although current collaborative projects are situated in Malawi and in Peru. Examples of the research pursued by students that I have worked with and am currently working with include:
- the distribution of destination development in the rural United States and its relationship to social inequality,
- the role of local context in shaping national-level policies related to the expansion of railroads in late 19th-century North Dakota,
- the impact of selective migration on racial inequality in education,
- racial variation in neighborhood impacts on mental and physical health outcomes,
- the influence of global inequality on environmental adaptation and migration, and
- place-based forces promoting racially integrated communities.
At present, I have no specific research funds to support a graduate student. Graduate funding opportunities are available at UW and the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) on a highly competitive basis. Teaching assistantships are also sometimes available. Please contact the Graduate Advisor [https://sociology.wisc.edu/administrative-staff/] regarding these funding opportunities. Program staff can also help you identify other potential faculty advisors if our interests do not align.
When contacting me, please include the following:
- A detailed statement (2 to 3 paragraphs) of your research and professional interests, your research experience, and why you want to attend graduate school,
- the names and institutions of 2-3 people you will ask for letters of recommendation, and
- your undergraduate major, university, GPA and GRE scores (including your percentile scores, not just the raw scores).
Again, thank you for your interest. I look forward to hearing from you!