Graduate Placements

Placements by PhD year


Hannah Evans

Dissertation Expected December 2022

Doctoral Research Fellow, Hartford International 

Daniel Allen

Embodying Integration: A Sociological Study of Faith and Learning in Christian Higher Education

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Olivet Nazarene Univeristy, Bourbonnais, Illionis

Alonso Aravena-Mendez

Health in Times of COVID: Social Behaviors and Dimensions of Well-being in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Rebecca Bonhag

Political Theology and the Conflicts of Democracy

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University

Jason (J.J.) Burtt

Ego-Tribalism in Religion, Politics, and Media: A Changing Landscape Calls for a New Theory of Trust

Social Science Researcher; Sessional Instructor, Trinity Western University

Amanda Hernadez

Feminism, Feminists, and Faith: Intersectional Identities.

Equity Development Associate, South Alamo Reginal Alliance for the Homeless; Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity University

First Placement: Director of Research and Evaluation, South Alamo Reginal Alliance for the Homeless


Michael Lotspeich-Yadao 

 Three Manuscripts on the Relationship Between Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and the Resiliency and Growth of Military Veteran-Owned Firms in the Rural United States

Research Scientist, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yingling Liu

Rural/Urban Health Disparities among the Oldest Old in China

Assistant Professor, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama


James Clark Davidson

Stressing In: A Sociological Examination of Discrimination and Health of Racial and  Health of Racial and Ethic Minority Groups

Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University, Northridge and Research Associate, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities

Bethany Smith

Educational Trajectories During the Great Recession Effects of Community, Homeownership and Race

Research Analyst at Ken Consulting, INC., Bowie, Maryland

Renae Wilkinson 

The Long Arm of Childhood Bereavement: Parental Death and Pathways to Adult Health and Educational Inequalities

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Flourishing Program, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University


Justin Nelson

Understanding Addiction: A Sociological Analysis of Technological Device Addiction and Attachment in the Digital Age 

Acting chair and Assistant Professor, Campbell University, North Carolina

Kenneth Vaughan, Jr. 

Religion, Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, and Attitude toward Democracy: An Evaluation of Changing Europe 

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut 


Murat Yilmaz

The Changes and Patterns of Turkish Family Values under the Conflicts of Religion and Modernity

Assistant Professor, Hitit University, Çorum Merkez/Çorum, Turkey

Paul McClure

Modding My Religion: Exploring the Effects of Digital Technology on Religion and Spirituality.

Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College

Blake Kent

Accelerated and Micro-longitudinal Approaches to Understanding Depressive Symptoms and Human Flourishing.

Post-doc, Harvard University

Emily Hinojosa

The Complexity of Disadvantage: Examining the Effects of Moral Ecology on Adolescent Educational Outcomes.

Post-doc, University of Virginia


William Henderson

Ontological Coherence and Psychological Distress: The Role of Divine Beliefs.

Assistant Professor, Union University

Su Kang

Cross-National Analysis of the Association Between Subjective Social Status and Health.

Current: Research Fellow, The Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University.

First Placement: Research Analyst, Center for Health and Bioscience, Baker Institute,Rice University

Xiuhua Wang

Religion in Post-Communist China: Exploring the Dynamic of Religious Coping and Religious Tolerance in a Regulated Society.

UX Researcher at Facebook

Robert Thomson Jr.

Religion and Different Injustice.

Current: University of Alabama in Huntsville

First Placement: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Rice University

Jasmine Wise

Student Success in Higher Education: An Analysis of the Effects of Support and Community.

Owner/Operator, Prosper Projects, Atlanta, Georgia


Brittany Fitz-Chapman

The Impact of Technology, Talent, and Tolerance on Community Satisfaction.

Director of Data and Research, Prosper Waco

Todd Ferguson

Gender and Status in the Religious Congregation.

Assistant Professor, Mary Hardin-Baylor University

Jeff Tamburello

Changing Patterns in Marijuana Use among High School Seniors: Latent Modeling of Time-Series Cross-Sections (1976-2013).

Current placement: Senior Social Science Analyst, Health Care Team – Research Support Group, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC

First Placement:  Demographic Survey Statistician, US Census Bureau, Suitland, MD


Kimberly Nishant

Religious Participation During the Quarter-Life Crisis: Examining the Relationship Between Congregations and Emerging Adults.

Product Manager, Amazon Connections

Joshua Tom

Religion and Interracial Marriage.

Current: Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University

First Placement: Post-doc University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture in Charlottesville, VA.

Katie Halbesleben-Arnhart

Contextualizing Immigrant Adolescents' High School Outcomes by Their School Environments and Friend Groups.

Senior Research Analyst, Federation of State Medical Boards

Brandon Martinez

The Intersection of Race and Religion in the United States.

Assistant Professor, Providence College, Providence, RI


Jenna Rogers

Religion and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Religious Beliefs and Values on Female Entrepreneurship.

Current: Research Director, Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences, University of Wisconsin, Madison

First Placement: Post-doc, Research Associate, Center for Women's Health Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Andrew Pagel

Utilizing a Web Survey to Examine Retention within an Insurance Company.

Current: Director of Institutional Research, University of the Incarnate word, San Antonio, Texas

Second Placement: Director of Evaluation and Surveys, University of Texas, Arlington

First Placement: Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Wayland Baptist University.

Ashley Palmer

Romantic Partner Selection in a Religious Marriage Market.

Current: Adjunct Professor, Ringling College of Art and Design, Liberal Arts Department, Sarasota.

First Placement: Teaching Assistant/Instructor, UNC Wilmington, NC

Philip Davignon

Faith-Based Higher Education and the Religiosity of Christian College Students.

Current: Department Chair & Associate Professor, Sociology and Family Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee.

First Placement: Senior Research Analyst, Federation of State Medical Boards, Euless, TX

Aaron Franzen

Physician and Patient Interactions: The Role of Belief and Values in Directing Clinical Conversations.

Assistant Professor, Hope College, Holland, Michigan


Anna Garland

Community Satisfaction: The Solution for Rural Communities.

Associate Dean of Incarnate Word Academy High School and Adjunct Professor, Lone Star College-Kingwood.

Cassidy Pederson-Cooper

Graduation Rates, Success and High School Quality.

Assistant Professor, University of Mobile, Alabama

Debbie McMahon

Are We Content with eContent Delivery? A Comparative Analysis of an eTextbook versus Print Experience in the University Classroom.

Current: Business Owner,  Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More of San Antonio, TX

First Placement: Coordinator of Assessment and Program Improvement, Baylor University Libraries

Samuel Stroope

Health Disparities in India: The Role of Gender, Family, and Culture.

Current: Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
First Placement: Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


Andrew Whitehead

Religion, Sexuality, and Gender: An Individual and Organizational Analysis.

Current: Associate Professor, Clemson University
First Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Mobile

Scott Draper

Effervescence and Solidarity in Religious Organizations.

Current: Associate Professor, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
First Placement: Assistant Professor, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID


Wesley Hinze

Self-Employment in the United States.

Instructor, Parish Community College

Jeremy Rhodes

Religious Identities: Self-Identification and Denominational Affiliation.

Associate Professor,Hardin-Simmons University,Abilene, TX

Alessandra Gonzalez

Variations in the Sociology of Islam and Gender: A Multi-level Analysis of Islam and Gender in Majority Muslim Contexts

Current: Senior Research Associate, Department of Economics

Second: Post-doc Research Associate at City University of New York

First Placement: Post-doc Scholar and Concurrent Lecturer, Department of Economics,University of Chicago


Jeniece Lusk

Whose Change Is It?: A Multimodal Exploration of Urban Ecology and Gentrification Resistance in Crumbling Black Communities.

Current: Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

First Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Joseph Baker

Science and Religion in 21st Century America: A Sociological Perspective.

Current: Associate Professor, East Tennessee State Universtiy

First Placement: Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University

Jared Maier

Congregational Growth, Closure, Identity, and Diversity.

Executive Pastor, Rhea Mill’s Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas


James Parker

Social Disorganization Theory and Crime Across the Metropolitan-Nonmetropolitan Divide.

Current: Senior Manager, Research and Insights, Atlanta Hawks.

First Placement: Science Strategist, Schapiro Group, Georgia

Elizabeth Embry

Wages of Mexican American Women: Beyond Human Capital.

Current: Statistical Data Analyst, III Early Warning System, Austin, Texas

First Placement: Analyst, ALI Solutions

Yang Liu

Beyond the West: Religion, Conformity, and Subjective Well-Being in Contemporary Chinese Society.

Instructor, Renmin University, Beijing, China

Edward Polson

Cultivating the Common Good: Civic Life and Religious Contexts in American Society.

Current: Assistant Professor, BU School of Social Work, Waco,Texas

First Placement: Assistant Professor, Dep. Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, LSU, Shreveport, Louisiana

Buster Smith

American Buddhism: A Sociological Perspective.

Associate Professor, Catawba College, North Carolina


Jodien Johnson

Federal Employment Concentration and Religion process in Rural America.

Current: Temporary fulltime Lecturer, Sociology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

First Placement: Senior Research Analyst, Perryman Group, Waco, Texas


Kathy Krey

The Significance of Place: A Multi-lever Analysis Situating Trust in a Community Context.

Current: Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

First Placement:Analyst Programmer, Institutional Research & Testing, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Lacey Chapman-Gillentine

Do Modern Video Games Impact the Cultural Perceptions and Acceptance of Racial Stereotypes? A Qualitative Assessment of Video Game Usage.

Part-time Instructor, McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas


Patricia Kelly

Courting the Presidential Library System: Are President George W. Bush and Baylor University a Match Made in Heaven?

Associate Professor, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Alex Trouteaud

Traveling Longer to Stay in Place: Understanding Commuting in Rural and Urban America.

Current:  Director of Criminal Justice Research at Larua and John Arnold Foudation, Washington, DC

Previous: Senior Vice President of Research, Anderson Press Incorporated, Atlanta, Georgia


Helen Kennedy Powell Wise

Casinos and the Quality of Life: Evidence From The Riverboats in Louisiana.

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana


Jonathan Wivagg

A Comprehensive Approach to Community Network Planning: A Case Study of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Current: Senior Study Director, Westat, San Antonio, Texas

First Placement: Research Director, PTV DataSource

Aaron Young

Police Performance, Public Safety, and Curfew Application: A Longitudinal Study of Community Perspects at the Local Level.

Current: Assistant Vice President of Research and Data Integration, Federation of State Medical Boards

First Placement: Marketing Research, Reliant Energy


Leslie McCallister

An Examination of the Impact of Ethnicity and Ethnic Identification on Consumer Behavior.

Current: Professor, East Tennessee State University


Sydney Waller

A Segmentation Modeling Analysis of Factors Affecting Mammography Compliance.

Current: Chief Marketing Officer, TXU Energy

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