Sociology Students Graduate With Honors

Congratulations to Callie Koeval and Ashlyn Stone, who graduated with departmental honors in December. Callie completed a thesis investigating the impact of paternal incarceration on childhood behavioral outcomes under the supervision of Dr.  David Russellkoeval_defense_jpeg_1_0.jpg

This semester, the Department of Sociology has three students completing honors theses on topics such as barriers to reproductive justice in Appalachia, sex trafficking, and how college students conceptualize intimate partner violence. We also welcome four new honors students to the program. Welcome Eun Perry, Hank Coutu, Hailey Mercurio, and Emily Killian!l and Kelly Thames. Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, Callie identified a link between paternal incarceration, maternal mental health and stress levels, and negative behavioral, educational, and social outcomes in childhood. Ashlyn completed a thesis testing the constellation theory of rampage school shootings under the supervision of Kelly Thames and David Russell.  She found support for a sociological theory of mass school violence that takes into consideration individual, community, cultural, and political factors.

stone_defense_jpeg_1_0.jpg For more information on the Department of Sociology’s honors program, please visit our website:

Published: Jan 30, 2020 3:01pm