Graduate Students

 

Connor Thompson 


 Areas of Interest

  • Terrorism
  • National Security
  • Statistics and Data Analysis

Bio

Connor is a master’s student in his second year of the Sociology/Criminology program. His research interest include domestic and international terrorism, and counterterrorism measures. Connor received his B.A. in International Relations, Political Science, and European Studies from the University of Arkansas in 2016 before beginning the M.A. program in Sociology. He has a desire to continue working on research related to terrorism and hopefully develop a base in computer based statistics and analytics to be able to be marketable to a number of fields after graduating. Eventually, he would like to pursue a career in national security, or data science.

Interesting Facts

When traveling in the past, Connor has touched both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean in less than a week. He loves to travel, especially to the mountains or the beach. Connor is also sports fanatic and loves all of the KC teams as well as supporting the Hogs week in and week out.

 
Elizabeth Word

Elizabeth Word 


 Areas of Interest

  • International outreach
  • Addressing disparities in minority communities
  • Community health and development

Bio

Liz is a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include traveling abroad and getting involved with international non-profits as well as addressing disparities in minority communities. She has an interest specifically with the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas and has been involved in the nationally recognized Sentinel Network Research Study with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest. She has also pursued her own research with the Marshallese. Liz graduated from the University of Arkansas with her B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She hopes to continue her research on addressing disparities in minority communities. Eventually, her goal is to work for an internationally recognized non-profit.

Interesting Facts

Liz grew up overseas and spent much of her childhood abroad. She has lived in Korea, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. Liz developed a passion for human service because of the extreme poverty she has seen. In her free time, she is a cross-cultural communication leader for international students attending the University of Arkansas. Liz also works as a sociologist for Ball Corporation in Springdale where she leads orientations, works on compliance and on diversity, inclusion and employee relation projects.

 
Jill Niemeier

Jill Niemeier 


 Areas of Interest

  • Community, Health Disparities
  • Medical Sociology
  • Food Insecurity
  • Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Social Inequality

Bio

Jill is a second year student in the Sociology Master’s Program and a graduate assistant in the Community and Family Institute. Her research interests include community health and health inequalities. Her undergraduate research focused on food recovery programs on college campuses and their efforts to combat food waste and food insecurity. Her current research explores food insecurity in adolescents. She received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas in sociology with a minor in anthropology and graduated magna cum laude. She plans on pursuing a PhD after completing her M.A.

Interesting Facts

Jill loves animals and enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter where she adopted her cat, Sylvia (named after Sylvia Plath). She also enjoys volunteering with Razorback Food Recovery and other programs with the Volunteer Action Center. Some of her favorite things include reading, eating brunch, sunflowers, and browsing around small, local bookshops.

 
Christopher Gentry

Christopher Gentry 


 Areas of Interest

  • Veterans Affairs
  • Restorative Justice
  • Terrorism
  • Government Oversight

Bio

Chris is a Master's student and Graduate Assistant in the Criminology program. His research interests concern veterans afflicted with service transitional problems and their status as a special interest group in restorative justice programs, as well as government strategies in the war on terror and the oversight related to said strategies. He is also generally interested in the government role in affecting social change and social justice. Chris is an alumni of the University of Arkansas, receiving his B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2015. He also commissioned from the Army ROTC program, and is currently serving in the Arkansas Army National Guard as an officer in a field artillery unit. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Interesting Facts

Chris is passionate for the outdoors. He loves to explore the Buffalo River Basin on weekends, and frequently vacations to Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys watching his favorite shows on Netflix, exercising, cooking, singing, and playing with his dog.

 
Tasmiah Amreen

Tasmiah Amreen 


 Areas of Interest

  • Gender
  • Career Pathways

Bio

Tasmiah is a Master's student in the Sociology & Criminal Justice 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.

 
Charles Colwin

Charles Colwin 


 Areas of Interest

  • Food Insecurity
  • Community Development
  • Poverty

Bio

Charlie is working toward his MA in Sociology here at the University of Arkansas. His areas of interest focus primarily on food insecurity and community development. Through his study in Sociology, he hopes to be able to better identify and understand the underlying factors causing food insecurity and development issues in a given community. Charlie holds a B.S. in Tropical Plant and Soil Science from the University of Hawaii. He plans on using his education in sociology in conjunction with his agricultural background to work in community and agricultural development, either locally or overseas.

Interesting Facts

Charlie and his wife love hiking and traveling. They’ve had the opportunity to hike through several Hawaiian islands, in Thailand and, of course, the Ozark mountains! They also like going to the movies and playing with their dog, Finnley.

 
Marsha Huh

Marsha Huh 


 Areas of Interest

  • Race
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Inequality and Social Justice

Bio

Marsha is a second-year M.A. student in sociology. Her interests lie at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. More specifically, her current research explores the performance of gender and sexuality in cultural forms as a public contestation of normative categories. She received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas in journalism/political science with minors in gender studies and sociology.

Interesting Facts

Marsha is a first-generation Bolivian born to Korean parents. As she has only been in the United States since Fall 2012, she enjoys traveling to see as much as the country as possible. In her spare time, Marsha enjoys learning about fitness and nutrition, trying new foods/drinks, and visiting art galleries and music venues.

 
Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas 


 Areas of Interest

  • Religion and Crime
  • Recidivism
  • Social control

Bio

Sam is a graduate student in the Sociology department, where his emphasis is in criminology. Sam’s research interests include the intersection of religion and crime, social bond/social control theories, and recidivism. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He hopes to research how religious institutions work as social controls for recidivism within communities. His goal is to pursue a doctorate in criminology.

Interesting Facts

Sam has an amazing Great Dane named Lily. She is pretty much the greatest dog in the world! Sam loves Lily a lot.

 
Tiffany Hood

Tiffany Hood 


 Areas of Interest

  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Research Methods

Bio

Tiffany is a second year M.A student in sociology, although her undergraduate background is in psychology. She has worked with Dr. Patricia S. Herzog for over 3 years as an undergraduate and graduate research assistant, working on many different quantitative and qualitative research projects. She is most interested in how the experience of emerging adulthood is patterned by different statuses such as gender, sexual orientation, and class. After graduation, Tiffany hopes to continue to apply her research skills.

Interesting Facts

Tiffany has two American Staffordshire Terriers and loves to take them on adventures in the beautiful Northwest Arkansas area where she grew up. She also enjoys watching football and is an avid fan of the Razorbacks and the Denver Broncos.