Dr. Alessandro Bonanno is currently researching "the reorganization of time and space under globalization". Employing the case of agriculture and food, his focus is on the consequences that the time-space reorganization has on democracy and governance.
Dr. Emily Cabaniss conducts qualitative research on the reproduction of inequality and social change. She focuses primarily on how these processes manifest among immigrants to the U.S. Her various projects have examined the gendered division of labor in the DREAM Act Movement, ageism in the broad immigrant rights movement, and DREAMers' identity claims in a vitriolic sociopolitical context. Her current research examines efforts by immigrants and working-class citizens to convert a shuttered textile mill into a high-end, worker-owned manufacturing company.
Dr. Jin Young Choi and Dr. Douglas H. Constance are working on a project called "Precarious Healthcare Plight of Marshallese Poultry Processing Workers". Dr. Choi is an expert on public health and the Marshallese Islanders. Dr. Constance is an expert on the poultry industry. Marshallese Islanders have a special immigration status that allows them to work and travel freely in the United States. Their special immigration status is due to the fact that their islands were the site of US nuclear testing during and after World War II. Recently, this ethnic group has become a desirable workforce for the poultry industry and are sometimes replacing undocumented Latino workers. Drs. Choi and Constance are studying the special healthcare needs of this group related to radiation exposure on the home islands and the hazardous nature of poultry processing work.
Dr. Douglas Constance and Dr. Jin Young Choi are working on a project called Precarious Healthcare Plight of Marshallese Poultry Processing Workers. Dr. Choi is an expert on public health and the Marshallese Islanders. Dr. Constance is an expert on the poultry industry. Marshallese Islanders have a special immigration status that allows them to work and travel freely in the United States. Their special immigration status is due to the fact that their islands were the site of US nuclear testing during and after World War II. Recently this ethnic group has become a desirable workforce for the poultry industry and are sometimes replacing undocumented Latino workers. Drs. Choi and Constance are studying the special healthcare needs of this group related to radiation exposure on the home islands and the hazardous nature of poultry processing work.
Dr. Furjen Deng is developing culturally-appropriate support programs for Chinese Breast Cancer Survivors in Houston. Her research supplies important information to help the medical profession provide programs to the growing Asian community in Houston and Texas and help rectify the problem of health disparities in Texas.
Dr. Karen Douglas is conducting research regarding Mexico-US border water. Currently, this research focuses on the El Paso area which includes New Mexico, Juarez and El Paso. Part of the research involves interviewing water stakeholders (municipalities, irrigators/agriculture, environmental, etc.) in the region.
Dr. Jeffrey Gardner is conducting research on understanding how indigenous nations who are divided by state borders seek collective rights that transcend those borders. Broadly, this research aims to make important contributions to understanding how cross-border nations are actually constructed and how contemporary state borders are implicated in that process.
Dr. Maki Hatanaka is conducting research examining global social movements that seek to make food production more environmentally sustainable and socially just. In particular, her interests rest on the issues of certification, labeling, and standards that are often imbued within the existing power relations between global North and South. Her current focus is on shrimp aquaculture in Southeast Asia.
Dr. TzeLi Hsu is conducting research examining the association between marital status and mental health, with special attention to variations across age groups and to dimensions of psychological well-being among the elderly, using data from the Midlife and Development in the United States (MIDUS). He is also interested in the potential mediating facotrs in the socioeconomic status and well-being association data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). His current agenda focuses on this topic, drawing on interdisciplinary theories, advanced statistical methods, and a focus on age and the broader dimensions of mental health and well-being for the elderly. His research on these topics has led to several papers published, under review or revision and has won Sociological Spectrum 2013 Outstanding Paper Award.
Dr. Jason Konefal is conducting research examining how neoliberal restructuring is affecting (1) the kinds of food people eat and how, where, and by whom it is produced, and (2) opportunities for social and environmental movements. Currently, he is working on projects looking at seafood production and consumption, and no-genetically modified foods.
Dr. Olena Leipnik has ongoing research projects on popular culture, particularly ethnic humor and media representations of institutional power, on spatial and temporal factors in construction of identity, and on the social history of the Donbas region in Ukraine.
Dr. Lee Miller is continuing her research in community response to disasters. Currently her research is focused on how communities in Texas respond to environmental hazards, specifically wastewater injection wells. A related project examines the roles of women and retirees in collective action to resist environmental hazards.
Dr. Mary Scherer is conducting research on the effects of social class background on college students' academic experience. She is especially interested in how class-cultural norms and cultural capital shape students' interactions with post-secondary institutions and how these effects vary by institutional context. One project focuses on working-class or first-generation students who major in the liberal arts, contrasting their approach with traditional or middle-class students and exploring implications for social mobility. Another project looks at how the intersection of race and class identities affects students differently across institution types.
Dr. James Stykes is currently working on four projects that emphasize unintended childbearing as a couple-level phenomenon and examine its associations with parental well-being, child outcomes, and movement into (or out) of relationships. In addition, he has an ongoing research project that examines measurement challenges in adequately characterizing fatherhood in the US, given its relatively high levels of family complexities.
Dr. Gene Theodori is coordinating and executing several multidisciplinary policy-oriented community and natural resource-related research projects in Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York. These projects address salient community development and natural resource-related issues such as "the adoption and diffusion of alternative water resources" and "the acceptance and assimilation of environmentally-friendly energy exploration and production practices."