Junior Fellows

Elisabeth Becker

Elisabeth Becker’s interests lie in migration, integration and religion. She has researched Albanian Kosovar migrants in New York City, reconciliation processes in Latin America and currently focuses on religion and belonging in contemporary Europe. Elisabeth’s dissertation project entails an ethnographic study of the mosque in comparative perspective, with an aim towards understanding boundaries of belonging in European capitals. She will begin fieldwork in 2013 in Berlin, Germany through grants provided by the NSF, DAAD, the International Fox Fellowship and the MacMillan Center at Yale. Elisabeth is also currently affiliated with the Center for the Advanced Study of Culture, Essen, Germany, where she is collaborating on a cross-national project that seeks to understand state intervention into religious practices in Germany and the United States. Elisabeth holds a B.A. in Sociology and College Scholar from Cornell University (summa cum laude); an MSc in Forced Migration from Oxford University; and an MSc in Latin American Studies from Oxford University.

Anne Marie Champagne

Research interests: Cultural Sociology (visual and material culture, iconicity, performativity and symbolic interaction); Sociology of Gender, Medicine and the Body; Sociology of Conscience, Moral Development and Social Solidarity; Social Theory. Anne Marie Champagne’s current research projects include an investigation of the relationship between breast surgery and gender wellness (meaning-making, affirmation, and performance) among breast cancer survivors and female-to-male transgender persons as well as an historical examination of the civil sphere’s influence in the social construction and (re)interpretation of masculinity. Education: B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies (Social Science, Communications and Educational Psychology), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen graduated from Fontbonne University in 2008 with a dual major Sociology and Advertising and a minor in American Culture Studies. His interdisciplinary education in advertising and his professional experience in the industry turned into a deep interest in advertising as a sub-cultural production. His aim is to develop a cultural sociology of the advertising agency, looking at the narratives and structures of meaning which shape the products of the advertising industry. He is also interested in gender and queer theory, as well as just about any social creation of meaning.

Mira Debs

Research interests: Culture, trauma and memory including the role of art in Italy, post-colonial memory in India, post-civil rights memory in the American South, and the sociology of education. Education: B.A. Humanities with honors, (University of Chicago), MPhil European Politics and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), Oxford University.

Dana Hayward

Originally from Calgary, Canada, Dana Hayward holds a B.Soc.Sc. (summa cum laude) in International Development and Globalization and an M.A. in Political Science, both from the University of Ottawa. Her current research interests include victimhood and survival, cultural trauma, collective memory, and the sociology of gender. Prior to beginning graduate studies, Dana worked as an independent consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Task Force.

Till Hilmar

Till’s research interests at Yale include the social meaning of visuality and iconography, historical sociology and social memory studies. With a background in political science, he is interested in researching political culture and the political meaning of the link between social structures and conceptions of individuality. His research interests also cover transformation processes in East-Central Europe after 1989. Prior to his graduate studies at Yale, he has worked at memorial sites in East-Central Europe and has published on educational and sociological aspects of visits to sites commemorating the victims of National Socialism.

James Hurlbert

James graduated from Boston College summa cum laude in 2012 with a dual major in English and Sociology. His senior thesis was about how people found fulfillment in online multiplayer videogames.Following graduation, he did a Fulbright in Germany and worked outside academia. His current interests center around the sociology of work and the American Dream. He is most interested in how notions of excellence and meaning in work interact with organizational structures and talent pools in different fields. Other interests include the culture of technological production, the role of perceived artificiality in actors’ responses to social situations, the construction of fairness as a moral as well as an economic category, and “irrational” behaviors in forecasting.

Isabel Jijón

Isabel Jijón studies globalization, culture, and morality. In her dissertation she compares the meanings of child labor in Bolivia and Ecuador, trying to understand how and why some countries reject globally established moral scripts. She has also written about the globalization of collective memory, the globalization of sport, and theories of translation.

Todd Madigan

Todd Madigan is studying the various meanings of voluntary human suffering, particularly when this suffering is adopted in response to the misery of others. He is also developing the concept of ambiguous social performance and inquiring after its place within the framework of cultural pragmatics. In both these research areas, he is interested in deploying the interpretive insights of philosophical hermeneutics, narratology, and performativity. For the decade prior to his arrival at Yale, Todd worked closely with the homeless young people of Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Moscow, Russia. Education: B.A. philosophy, summa cum laude, San Jose State University; M.A. English, San Francisco State University

Christine Slaughter

Christine Slaughter studies social movements, culture, and the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality. Her dissertation project studies the efforts of activists in African-American and LGBTQ movements to shift cultural representations of their groups in the public sphere. Her previous work has examined gender and American political discourse using Nancy Pelosi as a case study, and the social meaning of humor and its connection to ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality in the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.

Dicky Yangzom

Dicky Yangzom is a doctoral student in Sociology at Yale University and a Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology. Her research interests focus on the Sociology of Fashion, Consumer Culture, Material Culture, Visual Sociology, Public Sociology of Labor, Social Movements, Legal Sociology, and Social Theory. Previously she conducted fieldwork through visual ethnography on Pashmina producing nomadic tribes on the border of Tibet, China, Pakistan, and India. Dicky holds a M.A. in Fashion Studies from the City University of New York, Graduate Center; a B.S. in International Trade & Marketing with a concentration in Asia Studies; and Fashion Design from the Fashion Institution of Technology. Her most recent paper, “Clothing and Social Movements: Tibet and the Politics of Dress” is currently under review at the Journal of Social Movement Studies.