Alumni

 
Outstanding dissertations written by our graduating students are bestowed one of two awards each year.  See a list of our past awardees and the winning dissertation titles, here.

 

Sonia Rab Alam

Sonia Y. Rab Alam, PhD, MPH

PhD, 2016

Sonia Y. Rab Alam is a UX (user experience) Researcher at Facebook currently working on the Pages product. She finished her PhD in Sociology at UCSF in December 2016 and was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Mills College before moving to the tech sector. Her dissertation examined constructions of value in [and] the biomedical futures of consumer health technologies, such as Fitbit activity trackers and the Apple watch. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork at investor pitch events and health tech “meet ups,” as well as interviews with venture capitalists and founders of health tech startups, she explored the kinds of value and futures imagined in and made possible by these technologies and considered their implications. She also holds a BA in Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies from Bowdoin College and an MPH from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University.

Monica Casper

Monica Casper, PhD

PhD, 1995

Keywords: bodies/embodiment; health and illness; disability studies; trauma studies; gender, race, and class; qualitative research methods

Monica J. Casper is Professor and Head of Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as an affiliated faculty member in Africana Studies and the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her scholarly and teaching interests include gender, race, bodies, reproduction, health, sexuality, disability, and trauma. She’s published several books, including the award-winning The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery and most recently, The Body: Social and Cultural Dissections, with Lisa Jean Moore. Her current research focuses on race and the biopolitics of infant mortality in the U.S. She’s also involved in collaborative research on social and biomedical consequences of traumatic brain injury across three populations: athletes, veterans, and domestic violence victims. She is founding co-editor of the NYU Press book series “Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century,” as well as a managing editor of The Feminist Wire and editor/publisher of TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. More information can be found at www.monicajcasper.com .

Yvette Cuca

Yvette P. Cuca, PhD, MPH, MIA

PhD, 2013

Keywords: Women, HIV, stigma, trauma, research

Yvette Cuca is Research Specialist at the UCSF School of Nursing and the UCSF Women’s HIV Program. Her research has focused on childbearing decision-making for women living with HIV/AIDS, with a particular focus on the role of social stigma. She is currently collaborating with the UCSF Women’s HIV Program to implement and evaluate a new model of trauma-informed primary care that acknowledges and addresses the impact of current and lifelong trauma (abuse, neglect, structural violence) on the lives and health of women living with HIV. This collaborative study will examine the impact of trauma-informed primary care on physical and mental health outcomes, and on outcomes related to social support, empowerment, and coping mechanisms, among others.

Website: http://profiles.ucsf.edu/yvette.bromberger

Richard Culbertson

Richard Culbertson, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy Sociology - 1993
Interim Dean and Professor; LSU Public Health

Richard Culbertson is Interim Dean of the School of Public Health at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He holds a Master of Divinity degree cum laude from Harvard University; a Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology from the University of California-San Francisco. He has served as the Director of the Master of Health Administration program at Indiana University-Indianapolis; Associate Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Medical School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Founding Director of Administration and Finance for the University of California-San Francisco Medical Group; and CEO of the Kaiser-Permanente Sunset Medical Center, Los Angeles, as well as COO and other administrative positions for several major teaching hospitals.

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Natalie Ingraham

PhD Sociology - 2016

Key words: medical sociology, body size, gender, LGBTQ studies, health disparities

Natalie Ingraham, PhD, MPH is currently a faculty lecturer at CSU East Bay in the Dept. of Sociology and Social Services. She also conducts qualitative research on gender and reproductive health as a staff research associate at Advancing New Standards in Reproduction Health (ANSIRH) at UCSF and in the Dept. of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. She is interested in the intersections of body size, gender, sexuality and health. Her dissertation examined three data sets at this intersection: sin and redemption narratives on fatness in The Biggest Loser, body size experiences of lesbian and bisexual women over 40 and a situational analysis of Health at Every Size. She completed a BS in Psychology from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and earned Master of Public Health degree from the Indiana University. More information including her teaching and publication/research experience can be found at www.natalieingraham.com

Carolyn Keagy

Carolyn D. Keagy

PhD Sociology -  2015

Carolyn D. Keagy is a senior data analyst at Kaiser Permanente focusing on survival analysis and advanced quantitative methods with SAS and Teradata. She started her academic career with concurrently awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago with general honors. Her PhD in Sociology was awarded by the University of California San Francisco from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests are high risk behaviors, trauma, body modification, coping, mixed methods, socio-economic differences in health care delivery, and patient reported outcome

Karen Lloyd

Karen C. Lloyd

PhD Sociology - 2016

Keywords: HIV biomedical prevention; biomedicalization, risk and surveillance; sociology of pharmaceuticals; pregnancy and birth; qualitative research methodologies (grounded theory, situational analysis and narrative methods)

Karen C. Lloyd is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Pharmacy at the University of Reading, School of Pharmacy in the United Kingdom. Her current research focuses on narratives about medication in chronic illness and how narrative methods can be employed in interdisciplinary social science research in the fields of sociology and pharmacy practice. Her broader research interests include biomedicalization, including the biomedicalization of HIV prevention, discourses of risk and safety around pregnancy and birth, and qualitative research methods and ethics. Her dissertation, "Vital Politics and Anticipatory Practice of HIV Treatment as Prevention: The Discursive Work of the Biomedicalization of HIV Prevention," was a multi-sited qualitative analysis of the emergence and travels of the professional discourses of HIV treatment as prevention. She received her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Delaware (2003) and a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University (2007).

Website: http://www.karenclloyd.com

Lisa Moore

Lisa Jean Moore, PhD

Graduated with PhD from UCSF in 1995.
Completed Postdoctoral Fellowship as a Trainee in AIDS Prevention Sciences at the CAPS UCSF in 1996.
Completed MPH at UC Berkeley in 1996.

Key Words: Critical Animal Studies, Critical Body Studies, Feminism, Sexuality Studies, Women's Health

Since graduating I've been a professor in both CUNY and SUNY systems, currently Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Purchase College. I am also an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College. My research projects have employed the methodological skills I learned in my training at UCSF specifically as I was mentored in Grounded Theory by Adele E. Clarke and Virginia Olesen. I have written or co-written six books, co-edited a popular reader on the body, and published numerous articles in journals. I also co-founded and edit a book series for NYU Press – Biopolitics.

http://purchase.academia.edu/LisaJeanMoore
http://openscholar.purchase.edu/lisa-jean_moore

 

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