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Sandra Florian 

Interests: family sociology, stratification, social mobility, gender, immigration, and race and ethnicity.

Dissertation: The Bifurcation of Fertility Behaviors: Implications for Socioeconomic Outcomes and Social Mobility


Bio: Sandra M. Florian is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a Master’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at USC. Sandra’s areas of specialization are in demography, fertility, and quantitative research methods. Her dissertation explores how different fertility patterns are affected by women’s socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and to what extent fertility outcomes affect individual’s socioeconomic position. Sandra’s research interests include family sociology, stratification, social mobility, gender, immigration, and race and ethnicity.


 Max Greenberg 


 Interests: social inequalities, youth, criminalization, men and masculinities, social policy, public health, qualitative methods, social movements, and gender-based  violence.

 Dissertation: Red Flags: Youth At-Risk and the Making of Violence Prevention

 Chair: Michael Messner (USC) 


His  current research explores the lived consequences of disciplinary, public health and social movement responses to violence. You can also visit his profile



Hyeyoung Kwon

Dissertaion: Translating Race, Class, and Immigrant Lives: Mexican and Korean American Language Brokers

Chair: Leland Saito (USC) 


Bio: Hyeyoung Kwon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, where she specializes in immigration and race with a focus of social inequality, family, Asian American and Latino/communities.  Her dissertation examines how racial meanings that depict Latinos as a problematic underclass and Asian-Americans as successful foreigners reverberate in the family lives of immigrant youth.   This study is based on ethnographic research and more than 70 interviews with children “language brokers” who translate for their immigrant parents in English-speaking spaces of America.  She argues that racialized nativism is at the heart of their family lives, constraining immigrant families’ access to public resources and creating a difficult double bind for children of immigrants.  She is an author of multiple anthologies.  Her previous work also appears in Childhood and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.   



 Jeffrey Sacha 


 Dissertation: Life on the Sidelines: The Academic, Social, and Disciplinary Impacts of  Male Sports Participation in California

 Chairs: Michael Messner (USC) and Veronica Terriquez (USC) 


 Bio:  My broad research agenda explores the relationship between juvenile delinquency, mentorship access, and sports participation for young men. How does participation in the racialized and gendered activity of sports impact (or fail to impact) young men across race and class? Dr. Mike Messner and Dr. Veronica Terriquez are my dissertation chairs. For my MA thesis I conducted an ethnography and interview study of a boxing gym in South Los Angeles that focused on the practices and intentions of amateur boxing coaches as they mentor the young men they train. My recent work uses statewide survey and interview data to explore how high school sports shape the high school and post-high school experiences for young men across race and class. My dissertation project uses high school sports as a space through which to explore young men's academic, social, and punitive disciplinary experiences in high school. This project illuminates why, how, and for whom high school sports come to matter for young men in California. In my spare time I run a free amateur boxing gym (The Pico-Union Boxing Club) with my wife. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and am an alumnus of Gonzaga University.

  • Sociology
  • 851 Downey Way
  • HSH 314
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1059