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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Faculty Research

Our faculty are active scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology and social work. Our research represents a wide range of methodologies and subject areas, and we regularly teach courses that engage with our research expertise.

Holcomb, J. & Latham, K. (2022). Disney and disability: Media representations
of disability in Disney and Pixar animated films. Disability Studies Quarterly, 42(1).

Latham, Kenzie, Holcomb, J., & Zervos, A. (2022). Linked lives: Does disability and
marital quality influence risk of marital dissolution among older couples? Social
Sciences, 11(27).

Schlaeger JM, Glayzer JE, Villegas-Downs M, Li H, Glayzer EJ, He Ying, Takayama M,
Yajima H, Takakura N, , Kobak WH, McFarlin BM. Evaluation and Treatment of
Vulvodynia: State of the Science. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Accepted
September 1st, 2022

Sweet, C., Sayre, M. M., & Bohrer, K.  (2022).  Virtual and in-person community-
engaged learning:  Is student learning virtually the same?  Journal of Experiential Education. Advance online publication.

Davis, J., & Berman, J. (2022). Living in a Sober Living House: Conversations with Residents. Substance Use & Misuse, 57(3), 402-408.

Longazel, Jamie and Miranda Cady Hallett. 2021. "Migration and Mortality: Social Death, Dispossession, and Survival in the Americas." Philadelphia. Temple University Press. [forthcoming in June 2021]

Kadowaki, Joy. 2021. “Teaching Law and Society in the Sociology Classroom: Writing Assignments for Engaging the Socio-Legal Imagination.” Teaching Sociology 49(1):85-95.

Galli Robertson, Anya M. 2020. “Privileged Accounts in the Debate over Coal-Fired Power in the United States.” Society & Natural Resources. 34(2): 188-207.

Cuy Castellanos, D., and J. Holcomb. (2020). "Food insecurity, financial prioritization and nutrition literacy of university students at a mid- size private university." Journal of American College Health, 68(1), 16-20.

Hallett, Miranda C. 2019. “Re/Imagined Community: neoliberalism and human rights in officials’ accounts of the Salvadoran trans-nation.” PoLAR: Journal of Political and Legal Anthropology. DOI: 10.1111/plar.12311.

Kadowaki, Joy. 2019. “The Contemporary Defended Neighborhood: Maintaining Stability and Diversity Through Processes of Community Defense.” City & Community 18(4):1220-1239.

Davis-Berman, J., Berman, D., and Berman, N. (2018). "Outdoor programs as treatment for PTSD in veterans: Issues and evidence." Best Practices in Mental Health, 14 (2), 9-20.

Litka, Stephanie J. 2018. "Jacinto Pat and the Talking Cross: Caste War Heroes in the Yucatán Peninsula," in A. Kistler (ed.) The Faces of Resistance: Maya Heroes, Power, and Identity. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, pp. 100-120.

Sayre, M. M.  (2018).  Teaching note—Recognition  and reification in an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course.  Journal of Social Work Education, 54(3), 591-597.

Ashford, K., Chavan, N., Wiggins, A., Sayre, M. M., McCubbin, A., Critchfield, A., &
O’Brien, J.  (2018).  Comparison of serum and cervical cytokine levels throughout
pregnancy between preterm and term births.  American Journal of Perinatology
Reports, 8(2), e113-e120.

Ashford, K., Rayens, E., Wiggins, A., Rayens, M. K., Sayre, M. M., & O’Brien, J. 
(2018).  Association of demographic factors and tobacco use with progesterone and estradiol during pregnancy.  Sage Open Nursing, 4, 1-6.  

Spencer, L. G., & Sayre, M. M.  (2018).  From “Wonderful Americans” to the AHCA:  
Contrasting Trump’s Nomination Acceptance Address and his Administration’s
Actions on GLBTQ Health.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14(1-2), 2-20.
Sayre, M. M.  (2022). 

Miranda Hallett. University of Dayton Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grant. “More Than Survival: Salvadoran migrants, sanctuary, and life in the diaspora.” 2020-21.

Leslie Picca (social science contributor), National Endowment for the Humanities, “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Life, Works, and Legacy.” (Planning Team Member lead by Jennifer Speed, Minnita Daniel-Cox, Ju Shen). 2020.

Jipson, Art. 2020-2021. Singles Club (regular column).

Hallett, Miranda C. 2020. “Severed families, raided workplaces and a climate of fear: assessing Trump’s immigration crackdown.” The Conversation. October 26.

Jipson, Art. Califone’s Tim Rutili.

Hallett, Miranda C. 2019. “How climate change is driving emigration from Central America.” The Conversation. September 6.

Hallett, Miranda C. and Theo J. Majka. 2019. “The benefits that places like Dayton, Ohio, reap by welcoming immigrants.” April 29.

Becker, Paul. Visual Sociology: Protest/Activism Photography.

Jipson, Art and Paul J. Becker. 2019. “White nationalism, born in the USA, is now a global terror threat.” The Conversation. March 19.

Natalie Eilerman, '22. Advisor: Dr. Jeanne Holcomb. “Pro-Understanding:
Understanding the Pro-Choice Catholic.” Honors Thesis. 2022

Aileen Hull, ‘22. Advisor: Dr. Anya Galli Robertson. “Framing and Counterframing in the Debate Over Clean Energy in Ohio.” University of Dayton Dean’s Summer Fellowship. 2020.

Connor Lynch, ‘20. Advisor: Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett. “Millions Displaced Tomorrow: A New Framework for Climate Migrants.” University of Dayton Honors Thesis, April 2020.


Department of Sociology

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