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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 sociol@northwestern.edu to be scheduled according to mentor availability.

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

Anna Michelson

AnnaMichelson2015@u.northwestern.edu

4th

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) 

Gershwin Penn

GershwinPenn2024@u.northwestern.edu

1st

Organizations, Neoliberalism and Education, Inequality

Qualitative

I’ve worked as a teacher, K-12 instructional coach, and Strategy and Research Director at a national non-profit all with a Soc undergraduate degree (and a Soc and Ed Master’s degree). I’m happy to speak to how an undergraduate degree in Soc can pay off in the non-profit sector, especially how it translates to strategic advising roles.

Philip Grace

PhilipGrace2023@u.northwestern.edu

1st

Knowledge/science/technology, collective action/social movements, criminology

Mixed (qualitative, network analysis, computational)

Career development (exploration, job/internship search, transition), activism/advocacy, interdisciplinary + cross-practice work, non-academic higher ed profession

Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley

NicholasBascunan-Wiley2022@u.northwestern.edu

2nd

Immigration/transnationalism/diaspora, culture, memory, food

Qualitative (sensory ethnography, interviewing, content analysis)

Language training, international travel (study abroad), internships

Devin Wiggs

DevinWiggs2023@u.northwestern.edu

2nd

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

Rachel Ramirez

rachel.ramirez@kellogg.northwestern.edu

1st

Social movements, social movement organizations, community organizing, civil society in illiberal states, qualitative methods, social networks.

Interview and field methods

Community organizing, NGOs

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