We are a small team of talented, dedicated, graduate studets with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to continuting to develop the Sociology Graduate Student Association, and creating great experiences for all of you to take part in.
Rob Matchett is a third-year graduate student from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Matchett earned a dual bacclatareate in Disability Services and Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Matchett’s research interest include health and mental health, gender and sexuality, and social psychology. Currently Matchett’s research includes projects related to disability attitudes of univeristy faculty, pup play, and how digital instruction due to covid 19 impacts students with disabilities.
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SGSA Vice President
Andrew Burns, is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate from Sandusky, Ohio. Andrew has various research interests, from popular culture and belief systems to deviance and social networks. Before pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology, Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and helped run the University of New Orleans’ annual student-run film festival for three years.
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Jazmin Robinson-Smith, is a 2nd year graduate student from Springfield, OH. Jazmin has many interests in gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, media, Black studies and criminology. She is currently focusing on media influences on Black romantic relationships, specifically with relation to expectations of Black women. Before attending LSU, Jazmin entered the work field for 2 years in Columbus, OH after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration with minors in Sociology, Psychology and Business Administration at Ohio University
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Sara Brown is a first-year graduate student originally from Modesto, CA. Academically, Sara’s research interests involve drug policy reform, linguistics, studying the family and the intergenerational differences in communication and transmission of information, inequalities regarding family bonds and kinship, social networks, and substance use/abuse. Prior to attending LSU, Sara graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a focus on interpersonal communication, microsociology, social psychology, and aspects of mental health care facilities.
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Ewart Forde is graduate student who earned his undergraduate in History here at LSU after transferring from Baton Rouge Community College. He entered the Louisiana rehabilitation program which is designed to allow people like him who suffered a disability acquire the skills to start over. Before working with the program, Ewart sought ways to reenter the work force, but his existing skills did not offer many viable prospects. He is a native of Trinidad and Tobago where he first graduated from a small Bible College. His goal is to be an educator after completing his terminal degree.
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Hi, I’m Becca! I’m a second year and my primary research interests are family, mental health, and demography. I want to make sure that we are constantly learning from each other in the program so we can make sure each new cohort has the best experience we can provide. I have been in Baton Rouge for six years now and have a good feel for the city. Outside of campus, I am devoted to my two retired racing greyhounds and will talk to you about them for as long as you will listen. I’ve also volunteered and fostered with the local animal shelter.
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