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Social Science PhD Listings

Doctoral Students

Poonam Argade -

Poonam Argade will study the role of the state in development and in changing agrarian relations more generally.   She is interested in the movement of people and resources – financial, cultural and natural.


Olga Boichak -

Olga entered the Social Science PhD program in 2015 to pursue a doctorate with a concentration in internet studies - an emerging cross-disciplinary field that utilizes data science to study social phenomena online.  Her research explores the use of social media for political action and civil resilience, particularly in the present-day context of eastern Ukraine. 

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Erika Carter Grosso -

Erika Carter Grosso is a doctoral student in the Social Science Ph.D. Program within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Affairs at Syracuse University. Her broad research interests include international migration and settlement, as well as globalization and its effects, specifically on migration and incorporation. The focus of her dissertation research is Cuban migration to Syracuse, NY and the role that social networks play in the migration process.  


Fitore Hyseni -

Fitore Hyseni plans to study segregation in education systems, as well as policy alternatives which would create more inclusive systems which could be replicated in other regions. She will explore whether choice-based programs reduce or increase racial, ethnic or economic segregation. 

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Samanta Lee -

Samanta Lee is a student of the Social Science PhD Program at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Her research focuses on patient engagement in healthcare and how healthcare professional assess the quality of recommendations generated by consumers during activities that engage state and lay actors in commissioning, designing, delivering, and/or assessing public services.  

Yooumi Lee

Yooumi Lee -

My research interests broadly lie in the areas of Aging and Social Policy, and Social Gerontology . I am particularly interested in multigenerational families, their living arrangements, intergenerational relationships and social support systems(grand parenting and caregiving), and in the health and well-being of older people generally.    

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Melissa Lopoo -

Melissa Lopoo began her studies in the Social Science PhD Program in 2017.  Her work explores the historical, social, and cultural implications of American college athletics.  Her interests include commercialism, amateurism, social justice issues, and the prevalence and impact of predominant football cultures, particularly in the American South.


Krishna (Krushna) Ranaware -

 Krushna is a first year Social Science doctoral student at the Maxwell School. She received her Masters in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Previously, she was a research assistant at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai, India. Her research interests are food security, agriculture, and gender. Krushna is currently working in the Center for Policy Research of the Maxwell School with Professor Rebecca Schewe.  

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Jaisang  Sun -

Jai is a first-year student in the Social Science  Ph.D. program. His main areas of interest are in transnational migration, diasporic nationalism, multiculturalism and refugee studies. 

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John Wolohan -

Attorney John Wolohan is a professor of Sports Law in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.  He is one of the lead editors of the book ”Law for Recreation and Sport Managers” by Cotton and Wolohan, as well as being the author of the “Sports Law Report” a monthly article that appears in Athletic Business.  He is interested in sport law; sport doping, antitrust and labor law, image rights; rights of athletes.


Dongmei Zuo -

Dongmei Zuo plans to examine inter-generational relationships over the life course, family dynamics, and elder care from both policy and cultural perspectives.  Her prior research of economics and family relationships has pointed to strained circumstances that lower the morale and cause depression among seniors.  She seeks to improve understanding of these issues and how they might be affected by policy.