Amanda Stewart is an Instructor of Sociology. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019. Amanda received her BA in German at Luther College and her MA in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester (UK). Her current research, based on in-depth interviews, considers the experiences of queer and trans women currently living in the rural United States and focuses on the strategies these women use to negotiate the places where they live and the associated challenges. Amanda has worked in higher education since 2006 as an administrator, academic adviser, and instructor of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. She most often teaches courses focusing on gender, sexualities, and families. Beginning in fall 2021, Amanda will be the Director of the Sociology Honors Program. In this role, Amanda will work with advanced undergraduate students as they complete original research and write their Honors Thesis.
Kyle Thomas’ research focuses on offender decision making and testing criminological theories. He is currently working on projects that study how contextual factors (e.g., neighborhood conditions and presence of others) influence individuals’ perceptions of the risks, costs, and rewards associated with crime. He is also testing competing life course explanation by assessing the influence of changes in preferences and value orientations on desistance from crime.
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