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Dr. Stacey Bosick – Assistant Professor​

Bosick’s current work explores the relationship between criminal offending and the transition to adulthood experiences of urban, at-risk youth. A separate project examines the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the transition to adulthood experiences of a sample of primarily African-American single mothers who were displaced by the storm. Other projects investigate the movement of underrepresented minority students into graduate degree programs, disparities in police reporting among juvenile delinquents, and adolescent predictors of persistent offending.


Dr. Te​​resa M. Cooney – Professor

Dr. Cooney conducts research in the areas of family sociology and sociology of aging/gerontology. Most of her work examines aspects of demographic changes in family structure and family transitions in mid-to-late adulthood, and their impact on intergenerational family relationships, life course experiences and individu​al well-being. A major emphasis is how divorce and remarriage transitions shape the adult life course and late-life family experiences. Within families, she concentrated mostly on intergenerational relationships between adults—parents and adult offspring, grandparents and grandchildren, and most recently marital partners and ex-spouses. Comparative work that examines intergenerational family relationships as influenced by varying cultural practices and policy regimes is an interest as well.

Current Projects

Women as Caregivers for Ex-husbands: This is a qualitative project in which telephone interview data was collected from 21 women across the U.S. who assumed end-of-life care for their ex-husbands. There were two papers from this project—one examining the role ambiguity women experienced in this role, and another descriptive piece focused on factors motivating such care, and relational antecedents and consequences. Right now she is engaged in coding data regarding past relationship abuse experienced by about half of these women when they were married to these ex-husbands. She is also trying to understand how and why women with such relational histories can later assume the care role for these abusive former husbands.

Late life Marriage and Remarriage: This project involves secondary analysis of data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a representative study of middle-aged and older Americans.  She is finishing a paper that compares the quality of late-life intimate relationships of adults in remarriages and first marriages. This analysis improves on past studies by using a large sample of nationally-representative data and by using a life course framework to consider issues of marriage/remarriage timing and past relational events (e.g., widowhood versus divorce for the remarried persons). In sum, the studies shows few differences in marital quality for the two types of marriage, with the exception of remarried women reporting more positive outcomes than first-married women in a few relationship areas. These data are rich with information on middle-aged and older adults—both personal and relational. Dr. Cooney is willing to pursue a variety of issues with students. Also, the study just released a second wave of data so longitudinal work is possible.

Dr. Duran-Aydintug is currently working on two research projects.

In one project she is working on a project with Adams County Safe House staff members.

Using focus groups and semi-structured face-to-face interviews, she is hoping to gain an in-depth understanding of how shelter staff constructs their clients’ identities and their narratives as they grapple with the common question: “Why do they stay in or go back to abusive relationships?”

The research, “Safe House Members’ Understanding and Social Construction of Their Clients’ Identities and Accounts” is being supported by a grant from the UCD Center for Faculty Development.

In this research, Dr. Duran plans to answer the following questions:

• Why do shelter staff members believe that these women go back?

• How do shelter staff members describe these women, their lives and the choices they make?

• In working with these women toward empowerment (the shelter’s main goal), what obstacles do they encounter and what role do they attribute to the women in the existence of these obstacles and in giving into them?

These questions will lead to a better understanding of the phenomenon, may result in more focused training of shelter staff and certainly will carry legal and policy implications.

The second project is on Stay Home Fathers and on that she is working with Charlene Shelton, UCD Sociology MA graduate.

Using a phenomenological approach, their aim is to gain an in-depth understanding how fathers who stay home connect with their children how they define their role as “fathers”, what support groups they have, what obstacles they encounter, and how the negotiations are made between mothers and fathers.

Dr. Guzik's areas of concentration include criminology, law & society, science & technology studies, sociological theory, and qualitative methods. Within these areas, he is generally interested in investigating legal processes and their impact on people’s view of the law, the use of information and surveillance technologies by state actors to combat insecurity, and strategies for building the legitimacy of legal institutions. He recently completed a book on surveillance technologies and information systems in Mexico’s War on Crime and is beginning new work examining efforts to increase court legitimacy and access to justice. He has also written on intimate partner abuse in the past and the effects of arrest and prosecution on changing abusers’ conduct.

Book - “Making Things Stick”

Article - “The Agencies of Abuse: Intimate Abusers’ Experience of Presumptive Arrest and Prosecution”​

Dr. Adam Lippert - Assistant Professor​

Dr. Lippert is a sociologist who is committed to exploring questions of how individuals and families strategize their interactions with the state and public policy and negotiate power in these interactions, particularly as they reflect and reproduce systems of inequality. He has explored these issues in his research on several substantive topics that each provide an opportunity to examine negotiations of power and privilege between individuals and institutions that structure reproduction, healthcare, and family life. 

Dr. Lippert is a sociologist and demographer whose research is centered on three aims: (1) understanding the role that contexts (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) play in shaping human health and health behaviors; (2) examining the contribution of work-family circumstances to health and family well-being; and (3) exploring the mechanisms linking long-term exposure to disadvantage and declining health over the life course.  He completed his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and post-doctoral training at Harvard University through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program (2013-15).  He enjoys working with students who share his interests (even remotely) and welcomes the chance to discuss student-led projects related to health, demography, and quantitative methods.  ​Below are links to current publications:​

Dr. Jennifer Reich - Associate Professor

Dr. Reich currently has several lines of research that explore these issues. Over the last decade she has examined how parents come to reject vaccines for their children, in dialog with physicians, complementary healthcare providers, activists, and researchers. This work has been published newly published book, Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (NYU Press). She is Co-PI on a research study that explores how low income adults with Medicaid make decisions about their medical care and perceive the value of healthcare. This mixed methods study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will explicate why individuals seek primary care in the emergency department rather than in primary care settings and what personal and structural factors shape their strategies for their own care. Dr. Reich is also part of a multi-center research team conducting a mixed method study to understand the experiences and challenges facing heart transplant recipients. This study aims to understand how heart transplant recipients experience challenges with post-operative care, including medication adherence and treatment requirements, as well as larger challenges, including costs, limitations in employment, and caregiving relationships. The following are some of Dr. Reich's recent publications:

"Of natural bodies and antibodies: Parents' vaccine refusal and the dichotomies of natural and artificial"

"Neoliberal Parenting, Future Sexual Citizens, and Vaccines Against Sexual Risk"​​

"Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines"  CLICK HERE​ to purchase a copy at a discount.

Dr. Scull uses qualitative methods to conduct research in the areas of deviance, sexualities, gender, and social psychology.  Specifically, she looks at the ways in which deviant roles and statuses impact individuals’ self-conceptions and identities with a specific focus on those who engage in sexual deviance and/or sex work.  Drawing from field work and in-depth interviews, she has conducted research on male exotic dancers.  In particular, I examined how the occupation influenced dancers’ self-conceptions, the social stigmas they faced, and the ways in which their performances reinforced stereotypical gender roles.  Currently, I am conducting an in-depth interview study with women who are in mutually beneficial relationships (MBRs) with men that are referred to as “sugar daddies.”  In this research, I explore the reasons women enter into these relationships, the nature of the relationships, and how they influence women’s self-views.  I am also involved in a project using surveys and in-depth interviews to assess the needs of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff on the University of Colorado Denver campus.

Sullivan's research is focused on issues pertaining to inequality & poverty, housing & the built environment and urban processes, governance, & legal regulation. Her work combines ethnographic methods with geospatial (GIS) analysis. Her interest in poverty, inequality, and urban policy shape her current research projects on housing insecurity and forced residential relocation. 

Her current book project Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Park Evictions and Americans' Tenuous Right to Place is a mixed-method look at the mass evictions that result when mobile home parks close. Living full time inside closing mobile home parks across Texas and Florida over two years, she examines the effects of forced relocation on individuals and communities. She is also interested in the ways regulation and governance shape community vulnerability to natural disaster and is in the beginning stages of a project on housing regulation and flood risk in the Mountain West. She has published on various issues related to low-income housing, housing informality, sustainability, community development, and urban policy. These publications and press on her work can be found on her website:​​ ​