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Graduate Student Mentors

Graduate student mentors are available for meetings with undergraduate students to discuss their work or questions undergraduate students might have about sociology as a discipline, graduate school, careers, etc. When considering a senior thesis topic, students may also find it helpful to meet with a graduate student specializing in that area of research.

Meetings with graduate student mentors are by appointment only. You may email a mentor directly, or email to be scheduled according to mentor availability.

Graduate Student Name and Email Year in Program Research Interests Research Methods Non-Academic Expertise

Anna Michelson


Cultural sociology; popular culture; media; gender/sexuality

Qualitative (primarily interviews and text analysis)

2 years experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Minneapolis/St Paul public schools (volunteer management & ESL teacher support) 

Josh Basseches



Political Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Economic Sociology; Public Policy (especially energy and climate policy); Social Movements and Interest Groups; Legislative Process and Procedures; U.S. State Politics; Sociology of Law; Comparative-Historical Sociology

Qualitative (interviews, archival research, comparative-historical methods


Jeremy Kuperberg


Collective memory; Peace, war, and social conflict; culture; tourism


Qualitative (ethnography, interviews, content analysis)

K-12 education, international travel, wedding planning, fantasy football, old-man takes on punk rock

Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley


Immigration/transnationalism/diaspora, culture, memory, food

Qualitative (sensory ethnography, interviewing, content analysis)

Language training, international travel (study abroad), internships

Devin Wiggs


Financialization, Welfare States, Wealth and Income Inequality, Poverty, Development, Neoliberalism, and Pragmatism

Comparative-Historical Social Science (Mixed Methods – though I enjoy archives the most)

Labor activism, bicycles, and a chess novice

Kristina Lee


 Transnationalism, race/ethnicity, the state, sociology of knowledge, nationalism, culture, reparations, Latin America

Qualitative (interviewing, comparative-historical, ethnography)


Cooking, writing, winning at Settlers of Catan, and working with high schoolers

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