Former Researchers

Trenton Mize

Trenton Mize
Norman Triplett Distinguished Assistant Lab Director Emeritus

I am a PhD candidate in Sociology and received my MS in Statistics in 2014 at Indiana University. My research interests broadly include social psychology, organizational behavior, medical sociology, and quantitative methods. If you would like more information, you can click here to visit my website.

Sydney Harris

Sidney Harris
Research Assistant

I am a senior majoring in Sociology with a certificate in Political and Civic Engagement. My research interest lie in the areas of political sociology/sociology of the state and race & ethnicity. More specifically, I'm interested in the relationship between racial minorities and national governments and the institutional consequences fostered by these relational dynamics. I plan on pursuing a PhD. in sociology. I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, being a part of Black IU and baking desserts.

Bradley Montgomery

Bradley Montgomery
Undergraduate Lab Manager/Webmaster

I am a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology. Currently, I am working on my honors thesis which examines reactions to transmen and transwomen using public restrooms. After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in Sociology and focus my work on gender and sexuality. Off campus, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my friends and younger siblings.

Bryce Ryan

Bryce Ryan
Research Assistant/Webmaster

I am a senior pursuing a B.S. in human biology with minors in bioanthropology, psychology, and Spanish. I believe a multidisciplinary approach is necessary in solving our species' current and future pathological problems, and I hope to embrace this methodology to produce meaningful research that advances public knowledge on some of the largest challenges in medicine today, such as: type II diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, atherosclerosis, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections. After earning my Bachelor's degree, I plan on attending graduate school. When I'm not studying or working in the lab, I enjoy going to the gym, eating Italian food, and sleeping as much as possible. I also work as a barista at Soma Coffeehouse.

Emma Sperry

Emma Sperry
Research Assistant

I am a senior majoring in Sociology, Economics and Math with a minor in American Indian Studies. My interests lie in the intersection of sociology and economics, specifically within criminal justice, welfare, and housing issues. After I graduate, I plan to earn my J.D. and work at the national level creating government policy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and cycling.

Olivia Whalen

Olivia Whalen
Research Assistant

I'm a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in International Studies and Psychology. I'm interested in many topics, but especially enjoy learning about social psychology and social inequality. In my free time I like to travel, draw, and watch documentaries.

Daniela Alvarez

Daniela Alvarez
Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate double majoring in Sociology and Psychology. I am interested in a lot of different topics such as social psychology, race and ethnicity, identity formation and development. In addition to working in the Sociology lab, I work at the IU Auditorium as a Student Manger.

Long Doan

Long Doan
Lab Guru/Webmaster

I am a graduate student in the departments of sociology and statistics. My research interests include social psychology, self & identity, the sociology of emotions, status, and justice. For more information, please visit my webpage.

Erin Macke

Erin Macke
Undergraduate Lab Manager

Erin is a junior majoring in psychology and sociology. She is primarily interested in social psychology, gender, occupational sex segregation, altruism, and status. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology. Academics aside, Erin loves taking photos, reading non-fiction, and rooting for the Indianapolis Colts.

Eve Hickey

Eve Hickey
Undergraduate Lab Manager

I am a senior undergraduate majoring in sociology and anthropology with a certificate in social health and medicine. I am particularly interested in health disparities and structural violence. I have been involved with the Sociology Lab since August 2014. Since the summer of 2015 I have been a research assistant on Dr. Brian Powell's Sociological Research Practicum (SRP), in which we investigate American's opinions on higher education and same-sex marriage. I am also working on my senior honors thesis in Sociology, which is an investigation into the accuracy of college students' sexual health information as it relates to their sources of sexual education. Upon graduation in May 2016 I intend to pursue a Master's degree in public health and biostatistics and a PhD in epidemiology. In my spare time I like to read, watch bad TV, and play with my cats, Max and Violet.

Jessica Cadwell

Jessica Cadwell
Research Assistant

Jessica is in her final semester of undergraduate study, and she will graduate in May with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Psychology. Jessica is hoping to go to graduate school in Fall of 2016 for a Master's in I/O Psychology. She is pursuing this area of study because she will be able to continue studying inequalities found in the workplace. Eventually, she hopes to gain employment in the area of HR and then possibly work for a nonprofit organization. Jessica enjoys hanging out with her friends and volunteering for various organizations.

Lance Bertsch

Lance Bertsch

Lance is a senior majoring in economics. He is in the LAMP program, and his interests include cooking and crossword puzzles.

Jason Blind

Jason Blind

Jason Blind is a sociology graduate student at Indiana University. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010. Broadly, his academic interests are within the fields of sociology of children and youth, education, and social psychology. He specifically is interested in examining the development of peer culture and identity within different cultural and structural environments. During his undergraduate career, Jason conducted an in-depth interview study about the academic and social trajectories of university students through the Finnish education system. In addition to his work within the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, he is also continuing intensive study of the Finnish language to expand upon this line of research

J. Alexander Buchanan

J. Alexander Buchanan

Hi! My name is J. Alexander Buchanan. I am a senior studying psychology and sociology. Currently, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant in the psychology department, a research assistant in the sociology department, and an employer at the GLBTSSS on campus. I enjoy learning about research and trends. Using social research allows people to understand human behavior more and I think that's a pretty cool thing. :)

Maxwell Cabello

Maxwell Cabello

Maxwell graduated from the Kelley School of Business in May of 2012 with a degree in Business Economics and Public Policy. He currently works for General Mills and lives in Cincinnati, where his wife attends medical school. Maxwell is passionate about civic engagement and enjoys economics, politics and sports.

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler

I am currently an undergraduate junior pursuing a degree as a Sociology major and Communications and Culture minor at Indiana University. I am new to the social research community and looking forward to helping out with the various experiments and hopefully gathering ideas for future experiments of my own.

Zac Childers

Zac Childers

Zac is in his final semester of undergraduate study, and he will graduate in December with his B.A. He is currently majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After toiling toward his degree for 3.5 years, he plans to take spring off to finally relax. At which point, he will be indulging in TV shows, board games, and Apple products—his true loves in life.

Zac will enroll in the Maurer School of Law as a Direct Admit next fall. He hopes to eventually practice in the entertainment field or to be a major television network executive; his lifelong dream is to be cast on Survivor.

Josh Coker

Josh Coker

I am a senior completing a double major in sociology and political science. In addition to working in the sociology lab, I am currently doing research internships in both the sociology and political science departments and working on my honor's thesis in sociology. My research interests lie mostly in social psychology and economic sociology, especially the psychology of organized violence, how people adapt to living under coercive social structures, and the ways differences in economic organization can affect the cultural development of nations. After graduation, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology. My off-campus hobbies include cycling, following current events, and music.

Kelsey Cundiff

Kelsey Cundiff

I am a senior majoring in Sociology and a coxswain on the Women's Rowing team. I plan to enter graduate school next fall to pursue a Ph.D in Criminology. My research interests include victimization, violent crime, and the effects of perception on the occurrence of crime.

Joshua Doyle

Joshua Doyle

Joshua graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2013 with a BA in Sociology. He is currently employed at Centerstone of Indiana as a Rehabilitation Specialist and is applying to PhD programs in Sociology for the Fall of 2014.

Kayla Douglas

Kayla Douglas

I am a senior studying Sociology and African American and African Diaspora Studies. I love to read, paint, draw and travel. I am interested in a variety of topics including race, gender, sexuality and inequality . After I graduate in December I hope to find a temporary job in Bloomington before pursuing a masters in Sociology in a year or two.

Qiyun Gao

Qiyun Gao

I am Qiyun Gao, (nickname: Kiki). I am from Shanghai, China. I am a senior majoring in both sociology and psychology. I hope to attend graduate school for social work in the next year. My interests include cooking and hanging out with friends.

Courtney Hamilton

Courtney Hamilton

Court is a senior majoring in Sociology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. After graduation this May, she will be moving to Oklahoma to work before starting graduate school. She is interested in studying social psychology, and music festivals and the sense of community existing beyond the phsyical plant of the festival, in particular. In her free time, Court enjoys attending concerts, reading, and painting for friends.

Liz Harlan

Liz Harlan

Liz Harlan graduated from IU in 2011 with a degree in English Literature with a focus on creative writing and a BS in the Applied Health Sciences of Public Health. In the fall of 2012 Liz will begin work on a Masters of Public Health at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She left the Soclab in 2010 to study Spanish and Public Health in Chile for a semester.

Aaron O'Brien

Aaron O'Brien

I am a senior majoring in psychology, and this will be my second year working at the Soc Lab. I like reading and playing video games, especially StarCraft and RPG’s. I also love Star Wars but I’ve gotten really behind on the trivia. After graduating at the end of this year I hope to go straight back to IU for my graduate studies and earn my Ph.D. in psychology.

Lauryn Quick

Lauryn Quick

Lauryn is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with outside majors in sociology and political science and minors in French, West European studies and history. Her research interests broadly include social theory, inequality studies, historical and political sociology, social neuroscience and public policy. Upon graduating in May 2014, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology.

Brandi Schmidt

Brandi Schmitt

Brandi Schmitt was a student in the Sociology department and graduated in 2012. She is still living in Bloomington and currently working at Dr. Bakers pediatric and special needs office as a dental assistant and Bloomington Meaedows Hospital as a mental health tech. In her free time she volunteers as a CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate, representing the children of Monroe county in Judge Galvin's court. She also is involved in the kids program at her church, highrock, and she is just waiting to see what will come to unfold in her future career! In her free time she enjoys being outdoors camping, hiking, targett shoot, and watching or playing soccer.

Clayton Sheets

Clayton Sheets

Psychology is not just a major, but also a means to lead myself to inner peace and composure. From long before I knew the term, I’ve attempted to understand and manipulate my own mental faculties in such a way that positive affect will flourish and my own ambitions will be optimally fulfilled. I’ve always made the habit out of taking what I am worst at and proving that natural talent does not limit the capabilities attained after arduous practice. On a more relaxed note, my free time is filled up by musical composition, exercise, and juicing vegetables and fruits.

Long Doan

Erik Thorelli

After his term at the lab, Erik graduated from IU, majoring in Sociology and Political Science (and minoring in Norwegian!). He pursued a certificate program in research methods from the University of Hong Kong, then two Masters degrees, one M.S., with a focus on international financial power, from Lunds Universitet, in Sweden, the second a M.A. in Chinese Politics, with a focus on Chinese state financial power, from Fudan University, in Shanghai, China. Erik came back to the U.S. during the summer of 2013, and is currently in Evanston, Illinois working for a physical chemistry tech startup, with backing from NSF’s SBIR program. Erik’s two years at the lab were a pivotal experience, where he learned valuable research skills, processes, and responsibilities. The two years were also valuable afterwards, as a comparatively shiny gem on his C.V./Résumé coming out of his undergraduate years.

Kiersten Thaxton

Kiersten Thaxton

I am a junior majoring in Sociology and Religious Studies. I am involved in the Undergraduate Religious Studies Association and LGBT* groups on campus. I also serve as a legal aid volunteer for Middle Way House. In my free time I like reading fiction and catching up on current events and politics.

Aaron O'Brien

David Tite

I am originally from Indianapolis. I graduated from IU in May with a degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Sociology. I plan on attending graduate school to obtain a master's degree in Statistics. In my free time, I enjoy reading, bowling, shooting pool, going to the lake, and reminiscing about good times in the Sociology Lab.

Emily Winters

Emily Winters

Emily Winters is a senior majoring in sociology and history with a minor in Spanish. Since she has a bad case of senioritis, she is wrapping up her undergraduate career with independent research for credit because if she has one more class in Ballantine, she might flip out. In particular, Emily is interested in studying the relationship between food, status, identity, and inequality and is writing on honors thesis comparing the clientele of two Bloomington grocery stores. You may have even seen her surveying customers at “Kroghetto.”

In her free time Emily likes to cook root vegetables and black-eyed peas, bike even though it gets so cold she has to wear a balaclava, and read fiction before bed. Currently she’s been checking out a lot of Milan Kundera, Michael Chabon, and Gabriel García Marquez. She also enjoys live bluegrass.

Stephen Benard

Matt Wood

I am a 2010 IU grad that majored in Sociology and Philosophy. Right now I am at the tail of my Master's thesis at the University of Ottawa in Canada. My thesis focuses on the effects of Rock 'n' Roll upon the individual in inciting religious experience and communitas. After completing the thesis I plan on applying for permanent residency in Canada and to go back into playing music.

Lynn Zhang

Lynn Zhang

I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I am currently working as an undergraduate teaching assistant and a research assistant in the psychology department. I am especially interested in social psychology and cognitive psychology, and I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology after graduating from IU.