Dissertations

2016

Jessica Chase. “The Religious Beliefs and Behaviors of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials: Are There Still Gender Differences?” August 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Denise Crisafi. “No Ground to Stand Upon?:  Exploring the Legal, Gender, and Racial Implications of Stand Your Ground Laws in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence” January 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Thomas Hall. “Rethinking Drinking: A Paradigm Shift for Estimating Social and Behavioral Harm” January 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Alyssa Mullins. ” “I am asked a question about children at least once a week”: Exploring Differences in Childbearing Habitus in Pronatalist Fields.” August 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera.

Brittany Murray. “Juvenile-Perpetrated Homicide and Family Disorganization: A Longitudinal Look” January 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Jenny Nguyen. “From the Yellow Peril to the Model Minority: An Experimental Survey Examining Racial Attitudes towards Asian American” January 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. J. Scott Carter.

Erin O’Neal. “Zooming in on the Money Shot: A Quantitative Analysis of Pornographic Film Actors.” August 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Rachel Rados. “Keeping Their Distance: A Comparison of 2009 and 2013 Domestic Violence Cases in Seminole County that Utilized GPS Technology to Determine Effectiveness of Program.” December 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Sara Stickhouser. “Food Insecurity, Social Inequality, and Social Policy” January 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Mindy Weller. “Development of A Definition and Measure for the Study of Violent Mass Victimization.” August 2016. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

2015

Andrew Baird. “The Social Function of For-Profit Higher Education in The United States” August 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Scott Carter.

Jessica Racine Jacques. “Women on the Line: A Qualitative Study of Women’s Experience of Work in the Meat Industry” May 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz.

Lauren Norman. “Undergraduate Prescription Stimulant Misuse: The Impact of Academic Strain, Social Norms, and Gender.” August 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jason Ford.

Nicole Owens. “The Interspecies Family: Attitudes and Narratives” December 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz.

Meghan Harte Weyant. “Collegiate Concerted Cultivation: The Influence of Class and Family on Higher Education” May 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jim Wright.

Jeffrey Williamson. “Can I Get an Amen? Central Florida Black Pastors’ Perceptions of the Impact of the Black Church in the Black Community” December 2015. Dissertation Chair: Dr. David Gay.

 

2014

Joanna Eisele. “The effect of free primary education programs on marriage for Kenyan women” December 2014. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jim Wright.

Wendi Kane. “The U.S. Environmental Movement 1890:2002-Discourse Divisions, Environmental Crisis Events, and Strategic Concessions” May 2014. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz.

2013

Lindsey Blumenstein. “An Exploratory Study of Intimate Partner Kidnapping: Are structural-level correlates related to other forms of intimate partner violence?” May 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski

Anne Bubriski-McKenzie. “Interracial Lesbian and Gay Couples: Navigating Private and Public Experiences” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz

Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz. “Victims Outside the Binary: Transgender Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.” May 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski

Rachel Morgan. “Tracking  Violence: Using Neighborhood-Level Characteristics in the Analysis of Domestic Violence in Chicago and the State of Illinois.” May 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski

James McCutcheon. “Firearm Lethality in Drug Market Contexts” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine

Jordana Navarro. “Promoting Courage: An Evaluation of Harbor House of Central Florida’s Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Initiative Project Courage” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski

Aaron Poole. “Road Networks, Social Disorganization, and Lethality: An Exploration of Theory and an Examination of Covariates” December 2013. Dissertation Chair: Drs. Lin Huff-Corzine and Jay Corzine

Marc Settembrino. “When There’s No Home to Prepare: Understanding Natural Hazards Vulnerability Among the Homeless in Central Florida” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera

Melissa Tetzlaff-Bemiller. “Child Murder: A Re-examination of Durkheim’s Theory of Homicide” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Drs. Lin Huff-Corzine and Jay Corzine

Tangela Towns. “Predictors of Food Insecurities in 3 Central Florida Communities” August 2013. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera

2012

Timothy Colyer. “Estimating the Effects of Condemned Inmates’ Last Statement on Public Opinion about the Death Penalty: A Factorial Survey Approach.” May 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright

Megan Duesterhaus. “Understanding Gender and Sexuality in a Gay/Straight Alliance.” May 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz

Stephanie Gonzalez Guittar. “This is No Home, It’s Just Temporary: A Study of Extended Stay Motel Residents in Central Florida.” December 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright

Sara Hoskin. “Foreclosures and Crime: Testing Social Disorganization Theory in the Suburbs.” August 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler

Debra Marshall. “Has the Song Remained the Same?: Perceptions of Effectiveness in Family Safety Work.” May 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler

Hollianne Marshal.l ” “Italian-American Ethnic Concentration, Informal Social Control and Urban Violent Crime: A Defended Neighborhoods Approach.” August 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine

Earl Mowatt. “Affective Response of African American and European American Students to Portrayals of Cross-Racial Relationships on Television.” May 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright

William Watkins. ” “Prescription Drug Misuse among College Students: An Examination of Sociological Risk Factors.” August 2012. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jason Ford

2011

Chastity Blankenship. “Student Perceptions of Race and Gender Representations within College Textbooks.” May 2011. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz.

Nicholas Guittar. “Out: A Sociological Analysis of Coming Out.” August 2011. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Liz Grauerholz.

Rachel Rayburn. “Dead, Imprisoned, Relapsed: The Fate of Homeless Substance Abusers Two Decades Later.” July 2011. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James D. Wright.

Elizabeth Swart. “Strategies for Coping with Gender-Based Violence: A Study of Young Women in Kibera, Kenya.” May 2011. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2010

Deborah Barr. “More than Meets the Eye: An Examination of Whether Marital Conflict Transforms Newlywed Relationships.” December 2010. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Christian Bolden. “Evolution of the Folk Devil: A Social Network Perspective of the Hybrid Gang Label.” August 2010. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Michele Covington. “Correlates and Causes of Violence against Police Officers in Orlando: A Criminal Events Analysis.” August 2010. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Jenna Truman. “Examining Intimate Partner Stalking and Use of Technology in Stalking Victimization.” May 2010. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2009

Melanie Carlson. “Man Up or Punk Out: Masculinities and Prison Rape.” August 2009. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Mustaine.

Minna Laurikkala. “Different Time, Same Place, Same Store? A Social Disorganization Perspective to Examining Youth Homicides.” August 2009. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Nick Libby. “Predictors of Firearm Use and Effects of Weaponry on Victim Injury in Violent Crime: A Criminal Events Approach.” August 2009. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Christa Polczynski Olson. “The Driving Force: A Comparative Analysis of Gang-Motivated, Firearm-Related Homicides.” May 2009. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Rae Taylor. “Pregnancy-Associated Intimate Partner Violence: An Examination of Multiple Dimensions of Intimate Partner Abuse Victimization using Three Unique Data Sources.” May 2009. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2008

Michael Bachmann. “What Makes them Click?: Applying the Rational Choice Perspective to the Hacking Underground.” August 2008. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Amy Donley. “The Perception of Homeless People: Important Factors in Determining Perceptions of the Homeless as Dangerous.” August 2008. Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Mónica Méndez. “Experiences, Attitudes and Beliefs about Interpersonal Violence: A Study on Costa Rican Adolescents.”  May 2008. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.