Graduate Students

 

 
 
Tasmiah Amreen

Tasmiah Amreen 


Areas of Interest

  • Gender
  • Career Pathways

Bio

Tasmiah is a Master's student in the Sociology & Criminology department. Her research interests include gender and career pathways. Tasmiah has a B.S.S and an M.S.S in Anthropology from the University of Dhaka. She also holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas. Eventually, her goal is to pursue a career as a teacher and a researcher.

Interesting Facts

She is the first woman from her family to get a college education and work for a living. She is also the first person to obtain a North American degree. In her free time, she likes to read classics and cozy mysteries. She enjoys watching movies and has a list of film noirs which she is slowly making her way through.

 

Christie Craig

Christie Craig


 Areas of Interest

  • Political Sociology
  • Gender and Policy
  • Rural vs Urban Development 

Bio

Christie is pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and works within the department as a Graduate Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Arkansas and plans to pursue a doctorate in public policy. Her research and eventual teaching interests include intersectionality of economics, political science and sociology; structures and sources of social power; gender and policy; and regional influences on sociological development of ideology and policy.

Interesting Facts

After two decades with the company, Christie left her position as a Store Manager with Walmart to pursue a second career focused on public sociology and service. She enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends, and volunteers with animal welfare non-profit organizations.

 


Kyle Kaminicki

Kyle Kaminicki


 Areas of Interest

  • Terrorism
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • The American Legal System
  • Restorative Justice

Bio

Kyle is a first-year graduate student. His research interests are domestic and international terrorism, counterterrorism, and the utilization of the American legal system to prosecute crimes associated with terrorism. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arkansas in 2017 before returning to start the Sociology Master’s program with a Criminology concentration. He anticipates working in a government agency as an analyst or field agent.

Interesting Facts

Kyle loves spending time with his family and his dog, Benjen. He enjoys playing the guitar, watching and analyzing films, reading, playing video games, exercising, and flying.

 

 

 M. Alison Keeling

M. Alison Keeling 


 Areas of Interest

  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Social Psychology
  • Vigilantism
  • Restorative Justice

Bio

Alison is a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas. Alison was awarded a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas in the Spring of 2018. She has participated on research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methods. She prefers to implement an interdisciplinary approach to research. Alison plans to pursue a PhD upon completion of her current program.

Interesting Facts

Alison has been in an elevator with Simon Cowell. She once worked as a production assistant for Guns N’ Roses on a segment of their tour. Alison has been in a car accident where she was hit by a blind, drunk driver. That accident resulted in a high-speed car chase in San Diego, CA. Another interesting fact is that her father was a federal agent. Otherwise, Alison is an introvert that is often mistaken for an extrovert. She prefers to stay home with her rescued animals. She currently has a fifteen-year-old chocolate lab and fourteen-year-old, three-legged terrier.

 

 

Melinda Lepre

Melinda Lepre 


 Areas of Interest

  • Educational/Therapeutic Opportunities for Youth
  • Community Development
  • Re-entry and Recidivism Reduction

Bio

Melinda is a first-year master's student in the Sociology program. Hailing from Alabama, she received a B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University in 2013 and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas in 2017. She has a desire to work with or create a non-profit that focuses on how to utilize the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, as well as other board games, as both an educational tool and therapeutic tool to help children and adolescents build social, verbal, mathematical, and critical thinking skills, and her hope is that she will be able to provide a new fun way to learn and grow to the children of Northwest Arkansas.

Interesting Facts

When not working with the department or studying, Melinda enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, and Australian Shepherd named Harley (after Harley Quinn from the Batman universe) and an orange Tabby named Wesley. She also enjoys a hot cup of tea, a good book, and playing video games. In addition, she is working on creating her own D&D campaign from scratch.

 

 

Evan Mudgett

Evan Mudgett


 Areas of Interest

  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Policing Methods/Strategies
  • Data Analysis

Bio

Evan is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. He received his B.A. in the spring of 2018 in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas. Through the program and as a Graduate Assistant in the Terrorism Research Center, he hopes to build a strong research and data analysis foundation to carry into a career in the federal or private sector.

Interesting Facts

When he’s not on campus, Evan coaches a youth wrestling team in Fayetteville – he has been involved in the sport his entire life. He also enjoys watching sports and keeping active in the beautiful outdoors Northwest Arkansas is known for.

 

Vianny Nolasco

Vianny Nolasco


 Areas of Interest

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Social Inequalities

Bio

Vianny is a Master’s student in sociology and graduate assistant. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Arkansas. Her research interests primarily lie in how race and gender effects lived realities.

Interesting Facts

During her undergraduate studies, Vianny played violin with the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, she likes to play piano, draw, and walk her dogs.

 

 

Heather Parks

Heather Parks


 Areas of Interest

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Poverty
  • Race
  • Social Inequality

Bio

Heather is a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas.  She is interested in addressing social inequality as well as researching how cultural, social, gender, racial, and economic factors influence education, particular with regards to the pursuance of higher education opportunities.  Heather received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Agricultural Business, Communications, and Sociology, from the University of Arkansas in 2018. She plans to pursue a PhD in Public Policy after completing her M.A.

 Interesting Facts

Heather enjoys hiking in the outdoors, gardening, cycling, running, crocheting, painting, board games, and knitting in her spare time.  She has four adorable rescues, two sweet dogs (named after Fleetwood Mac) and two very opinionated cats. Heather also enjoys music, both playing and attending shows, and is currently in the process of learning the bass guitar. 

 

 

Jessica Paschal

Jessica Paschal


 Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Education Systems

Bio

Jessica is a first year Graduate Assistant pursuing a Masters in Sociology. Her research interests include environmental sociology and the intersection it plays with various social inequalities. Jessica received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas. Her ultimate goal is to further pursue a PhD in Sociology and a career as a researcher.

Interesting Facts

Jessica is a native Arkansan and an avid Razorback fan. She loves animals and has a tabby cat named Kora. She enjoys volunteering with organizations like the Animal Shelter and 99 balloons. She loves to travel and lived in France for a summer.

 

 

Tiana Pearson

Tiana Pearson


 Areas of Interest

  • Corrections
  • Mental Health/ Public Health

Bio

Tiana is a second year master’s student in the Sociology and Criminology program at the University of Arkansas. Her areas of interest include corrections, and mental and public health. Tiana received her B.S. from Oregon State University in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. 

Interesting Facts

Tiana is from Wyoming and enjoys camping, hiking and hunting. In her free time she likes to attend concerts, and watch old movies with her black lab, Truffles.

 

 

Tara Richards

Tara Richards


 Areas of Interest

  • Gender Inequality
  • Community
  • Social Media Outlets

Bio

Tara is a second year M.A. student in the sociology department. In 2013 she earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of the Ozarks located in Clarksville, Arkansas. Her undergraduate research focused on feminism and social media platforms. She has a passion for teaching. After graduation, Tara hopes to continue her education by earning a Ph.D. and find a teaching position in higher education.  

Interesting Facts

Tara grew up in the city of Las Vegas. She played tennis throughout high school and college. She has a Labrador-mixed pup named Lucy (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds). She is a Beatles fanatic. Her favorite athletes are Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In her spare time, she enjoys running with her dog, painting, and traveling with her boyfriend.

 

 

Abigale Rongey

Abigale Rongey  


 Areas of Interest

  • Political activism
  • Domestic terrorism
  • Influence of religion in various communities

Bio

Abigale is a first year master’s student in the University of Arkansas Sociology Master’s Program.  With a history of political activism and research, as well as graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas, her research interests include sociological implications of political movements and cultural violence in both domestic and international spheres.  During undergrad, she worked with a team of students to implement comprehensive education regarding sexual assault and sexual violence on or near college campuses and remains passionate about combating violence against vulnerable populations.  Abigale’s eventual academic career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminal Justice, or Public Administration and to conduct research for governmental institutions or nonprofit organizations.

Interesting Facts

Abigale loves the outdoors and spends much of her free time camping and hiking.  She enjoys visiting National Parks and hopes to someday completely fill out her National Park Passport.  Abigale also loves her dog and cats to the moon and back.

 

 

Hannah Steinman

Hannah Steinman


 Areas of Interest

  • Environmental criminology
  • Terrorism
  • Statistics and Data Analysis

Bio

Hannah Steinman is a master’s student and graduate assistant in her first year of the criminology program. Her research interests include crime and victimization in a built environment and better understanding an environments influence within a geo-spatial context. Her undergraduate study was in criminal justice/ sociology and Arabic. Her undergraduate research looked at data driven approaches to crime and traffic safety. She plans to pursue a PhD after completing the M.A. program.

Interesting Facts

Hannah likes to travel, hike and backpack. When she is not out of cell service reach outside she enjoys going to concerts, listening to and playing music with her viola and guitar.