Dissertation: “The Impact of Immigration Policies on Refugees’ Integration Experiences: A Comparative Analysis”
Committee: Robert Adelman (chair), Debra Street, Erin Hatton, Rick Su
Research Areas: International Migration; Refugee Studies; Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Law and Social Policy; Qualitative Research Methods
Aysegul Balta Ozgen is a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her overall research program focuses on the intersections of international migration, integration, and policymaking. The question that connects different pieces of her work is: How can newcomers to a place live together in harmony with people who have been living there? Her current NSF-funded dissertation research is titled: The Impact of Immigration Policies on Syrian Refugees’ Integration Experiences: A Comparative Analysis of Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.
Dissertation: “Housing Precocity: Compulsion, Normalization, and Neo-liberal Logic”
Committee: Christopher Mele (chair), Robert Adelman, Mary Nell Trautner
Research Areas: Urban; Criminology; Culture; Methods; Poverty and Inequality
Gregory Hall is a graduate student in the UB Department of Sociology. An urban sociologist studying housing inequality in the U.S., he asks how housing instability and structural pressures shape the ways that low-income individuals construct their actions, behaviors, and lives. He looks to extend his current research to focus on how marginal groups, such as the formerly incarcerated, construct their housing searches and situations post-incarceration and how a collective identity may benefit the construction of better housing policy.
Dissertation: “The Making and Breaking of Cultural Practice: Food, Waste and Community in a Postindustrial City”
Committee: Erin Hatton (chair), Jorge Arditi, and Chris Mele
Research Areas: Theory; Urban; Race; Environmental; Culture; Food
Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Diversity, Race & Ethnicity, Basic Statistics for Social Science
Jared is currently completing his dissertation, a book manuscript geared towards undergraduate student learning that is based on two years of ethnographic research at an urban farm. This project contributes to sociological understanding about food justice, ecological sustainability, social movements, friendship, and the sociology of knowledge. Pedagogically, Jared’s approach to teaching is creative and interactive, and he was honored to accept teaching awards from the Department of Sociology in 2016, and from the University at Buffalo in 2018. His future plans are to further connect teaching with research, most notably by developing classes that both engage undergraduate students in research activities, and connect them with community-based organizations and initiatives. Currently, Jared is also a Graduate Fellow with the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the University at Buffalo, working alongside the Vice Provost to create policies and programming that bolster the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff on campus.