Graduate Students

RyanBagwell
Ryan Bagwell

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Ryan Bagwell is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology specializing in race, ethnicity, and immigration. He focuses on the intersection of race, sports, media, crime, social movements, and organizations through a multidisciplinary and mixed-method approach. He is originally from California, where he completed his Master's degree at CSU Fullerton. His Master's thesis analyzed the media framing of Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the National Anthem through a CRT lens. His current work focuses on the racial of Black NFL quarterbacks and crime during sporting events.

Mahbub Bhuyan
Mahbub Bhuyan

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Mahbub Bhuyan is a third-year PhD student at the Department of Sociology and Criminology. His research interests include white-collar crime, criminal justice, cyber-crime and racial inequalities. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from the University of Dha

ka, Bangladesh, and an MA from Ohio University, USA.

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Carrie Hough (Medical Sociology/Race & Ethnic Relations)

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Carrie Hough is a PhD student at the University of Miami specializing in medical sociology. Her research focuses on addiction and recovery. She received her MA in sociology from Florida Atlantic University and worked as a medical case manager and supervisor at an HIV service organization in Palm Beach County. Carrie is currently the project director for the Study on Personal Experiences with Accessing Care in South (SPECS) since January 2019.

Calvin Liew
Calvin Liew

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Calvin Liew is a first year student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. His primary interests are social philosophy, critical theory, postcolonial thought, cultural studies, and literary criticism. His current focuses are community-based social resistance and collapsing the expansive, if imagined, schism between the social sciences and the humanities.

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Marco Lueras 

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Marco Lueras is a PhD student researching social control, racism, colorism, and violence in the U.S. criminal legal formation. By utilizing qualitative and quantitative data analyses, Marco investigates issues concerning the multi-level racialization of criminal legal outcomes pertaining to legislation, enforcement, litigation, incarceration, and parole. Marco's forthcoming dissertation illuminates the complexities of police reform, abolition, and defunding in a manner that centers local communities.

Michelle Mayne
 Michele Mayne

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Michele S. Mayne is a second-year PhD Sociology student at the University of Miami, with a concentration in Medical Sociology and Community Health & Well-being, with intersections of race and socioeconomic status.  Broadly, her research focuses on mental health, socioeconomic status,  social psychology, substance/drug use, discrimination, social networks and healthcare inequality/disparities among vulnerable populations, particularly people of color in the US and Canada. Michele is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She earned her BA in Sociology from Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, FL (2014), then later relocated to London, England, to earn an MSc in Mental Health Studies at King’s College London (2017). Upon her completion, she worked in numerous non-profit mental health organizations in Toronto and Vancouver as a Mental Health & Addiction Crisis Counselor working within the community amongst a multidisciplinary team, which led her to pursue a doctoral degree in Sociology.

Melanie McKenna
Melanie McKenna

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Melanie McKenna is currently a PhD student at the University of Miami in Medical Sociology. Her research interests include feminist theory, reproductive health, and access to care for marginalized women. Melanie is a graduate research assistant in the Health Justice lab, focusing on the intersection of healthcare and mass incarceration. Previously, Melanie studied Biology and Research at the University of Miami and Public Health at John Hopkins University. Melanie has interned for the Epidemiology Department at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and for the Mayor of Miami-Dade County. In the future, Melanie hopes to contribute to the development of a more accessible and adequate healthcare system for historically marginalized women and children.

Caroline Miles
Caroline Miles

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Caroline Miles is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology specializing in Medical Sociology. Taking a qualitative approach, her research interests include disability studies, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and racial and ethnic disparities. She received her Bachelors in Arts from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.

VictoriaRapp
Victoria Rapp

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Victoria Rapp is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Miami. Her concentration is in Criminology. Within Criminology, she focuses on criminological theory, violence against women, sexual violence, and specialty courts. Most of her published work has focused on specialty courts. Her current research projects focus on criminological theory, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual violence. Victoria received her Master of Criminology and Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice from Loyola University New Orleans.

Taylor Sumpter
Taylor Sumpter

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Taylor Sumpter is a PhD student at the University of Miami, Department of Sociology and Criminology. She is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in The Bronx. Her undergraduate degrees were awarded from CUNY Hunter College in Sociology and Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. Taylor's doctoral research focuses on criminology and medical sociology with an emphasis on racial disparities within institutions of healthcare and the justice system, specifically treatment of racialized crime, drug use, and medical care. She is a former Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Big ten Academic Alliance SROP Scholar. Taylor is currently honored with a prestigious fellowship, bestowed by the Florida Educational Fund (FEF), the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2021-Present). She endeavors to improve knowledge about structural inequality and promote equitable and sustainable race relations through education as a practice of freedom and self-actualized praxis.

Olivia Yoh

Olivia Yoh

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Olivia Yoh is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Miami. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminology and political science from University of Florida and completed her Master of Science degree in Criminology here at University of Miami. Her primary concentration is criminology, with a secondary concentration in medical sociology. Her current research projects include collaborating on a book chapter entitled “Mental Health and the Trauma of Terrorism and Extreme Violence.” Additionally, she has been actively working on various projects related to mental health, the media, and gender-based violence. She recently completed a content analysis of the portrayal of gender-based violence in recent movies from a sociological perspective and will be building upon this work and examining the depiction of gender and race in other entertainment industries, including the music industry.