Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Robert (Bob) Hummer, Class of 1993

Dr. Robert Hummer is the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center. Dr. Hummer was recently elected to be 2021 President of the Population Association of America (PAA), the largest American professional association focused on demographic and population-based […]

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Dawn Godbolt, Class of 2017

Dawn Godbolt, PhD is a health policy analyst and maternal health expert at the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF), where she co-leads the maternal health portfolio. In this role she advocates for changes that would transform the health care system to better serve pregnant and childbearing women. She also advocates for policies that advance health […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Mandell – Class of 2008

Sarah Mandell earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Florida State University in 2008. After earning her degree, she landed a job in public policy with the Society for Research in Child Development in Washington, D.C. In this role, she tracked legislation and monitored social policies affecting children and families, keeping abreast […]

Alumni Spotlight: Madonna Harrington Meyer, Ph.D. – Class of 1991

Madonna Harrington Meyer is a University Professor at Syracuse University, where she is a professor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. She also is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research, a Faculty Affiliate at the Aging Studies Institute, and a […]

Alumni Spotlight: Carmelo “Carmen” Battaglia, PhD – Class of 1968

We recently spoke with alumni Dr. Carmen Battaglia about his academic and career journey. Here he shares, in his own words, a bit of his story and what FSU and FSU Sociology has meant to him. Growing up as a sick child in the border town of Niagara Falls, New York was nothing to write […]

Alumni Spotlight: Donald Garner, PhD – B.S. Class of 2005

Dr. Donald (Donnie) Garner earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida State University in 2005. During his time in our program, he worked with Dr. John Reynolds to conduct an extensive literature review on the factors related to Black children’s academic learning loss during the summer months. This unique opportunity deepened his interest in issues related to […]

Alumni Spotlight: Jeralynn “Lynne” Sittig Cossman, PhD – Class of 1996

Medical sociologist and demographer Jeralynn “Lynne” Sittig Cossman is the inaugural Dean of the College for Health, Community and Policy (HCAP) at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She also serves as the Mark G. Yudof Endowed Professor in the Departments of Demography and Sociology. As she leads the development of UTSA’s largest college, Dr. Cossman is building undergraduate and […]

Alumni Spotlight: Abraham “Abe” Peña, PhD – Class of 2017

A proud McNair Scholar, Abraham “Abe” Peña has always been passionate about serving as resource for first-generation, low-income, and other students from backgrounds similar to his own. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Academic Access and Opportunity & Principal Investigator of the Federal TRIO Programs at Suffolk University – Boston. In this position, Dr. […]