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Department of Sociology

Graduate Students


Jered Abernathy


Research Interests: Trust, Cooperation, and Leadership

Current Research Projects: Building Trust among Politically Different Americans


Valerie Barron


Research Interests: Experimental Social Psychology, Social Networks, Identity, Emotions, Enequality, and Science/Technology.


Zackery Butler


Research Interests: Social Demography, Public Policy, Historical Sociology

Current Research Projects: The Decline in U.S. Men's Fertility Intentions; The Second Demographic Transition for Young Women in Latin America; Implementation of Minimum Age of Marriage Laws Around the World

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Adrianne Dues


Research Interests: Population Health, Health Inequities, Psychosocial Mechanisms, Race/Ethnicity/Immigration, and Quantitative Methods

Current Research Projects: ASPIRE II, Transforming University of South Carolina into a National Leader in Health, Inequalities, and Population Research


Matthew Facciani


Research Interests: Social Psychology, Identity, Sociology of Emotions, Political Sociology, Social Networks

Current Research Projects: My dissertation studies how self-evaluations and social networks impact the processing of political information. I am also working on developing a visual vignette for cross national research.

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Calley Fisk


Research Interests: Population Health, Race/Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods

Current Research Projects: The Impacts of State-Level Public Policies on Racial Health Inequities; Links Between County-Level School Quality and Population Health; The Relationship Between Socially-Assigned Race and Well-Being Among U.S. Hispanics


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Kelsey Griffin


Research Interests: Inequalities and Stratification, Quantitative Methods, & Crime and Deviance

Current Research Projects: Child Neglect and Emotional Maltreatment in South Carolina



Nick Harder


Research Interests: Social Psychology, Social Networks, Group Processes, Status

Nick Heiserman

Nicholas Heiserman

Research Interests: Social Psychology, Group Processes, Economic Inequality, Gender, Discrimination

Current Research Projects: Complex Stereotyping: Stereotypes at the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, Age, Race, and Class


Nik Lampe

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, LGBTQIAP Studies, Sex and Gender, Sexualities, Aging and the Life Course, Methodology, Sociology of Religion

Current Research Projects: Understanding the Healthcare Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Young Adults; Making Sense of the Healthy Embodiment after Realization of Intersex Status; Am I Trans Enough?: Negotiating Trans Identity While Interviewing Trans People; Transgender and Intersex Aging Health; Social Memory, Mass Homicide, and the Pulse Massacre


Victoria Money

Research Interests: Social networks, Information Diffusion, Health, Social Media Analysis, and Identity.

Current Research Projects: Thou Shalt Lie: Managing Anticipatory Deflection with Deception; Reddit vs Twitter: The Underlying Nature of Social Media and How it Shapes the Characteristics of DDEO; Secrets, Lies, and Social Network Analysis

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Joseph Padgett


Research Interests: Sexual Behavior, Person Perception, Social Power, Social Psychology

Current Research Projects: Impacts of Power and Relationship Status on Partner Perceptions


Justina Rieger


Research Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Mental Health

Current Research Projects: LGBT Mental Health


David Warden


Research Interests: Education, Leadership, Prejudice, Aggression, Family

Current Research Projects: Sense of Group Position and Racial Prejudice; Maternal Education and Children's Outcomes; Turnover among Nurse Leaders


Jingwen Zhong


Research Interests: Social Psychology, Social Networks

Current Research Projects: A Permutation Test for Ecological Competition; Social Influence Network Model of Performance Expectations4

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