2022 doctoral cohort | Department of Sociology

August 19, 2022

“It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our new cohort of 2022 graduates: Jess Burnham, Teresa Rivera and Juwen Wang. They are one of the strongest cohorts of graduate students in our department. I am glad they’re finally joining us.” – Dr. Hui Liu, director of MSU’s sociology graduate program.

Jess Burnham is a junior researcher interested in protective social factors, the quality of social relationships, and the health effects of social support, minority stress, and structural stigma. Specifically, Jess is interested in how supportive social relationships influence health outcomes for gender nonconforming people of all races and ethnicities in the United States. Jess worked as a research assistant at Rutgers University’s Center for Ending Violence Research before joining us and is a member of the 2022 MSU Early Start program.

Teresa Rivera is a dual major PhD student in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latin Studies program. Her research interests include understanding the lived experiences of Latino immigrants with particular interest in individual and collective conceptualizations of trauma, the duality of resilience, and how American mental health interventions can holistically address the needs of the Latino immigrant community. Teresa is a recipient of the Graduate Student Achievement Awards (AAGA) and a 2022 MSU Early Start Program Scholar.

Juwen Wang holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from National Taiwan University and has worked as a research assistant at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica since graduation. Juwen has been actively engaged in research projects regarding living conditions and life expectancy, sleep and cognitive life expectancy, and educational and racial/ethnic differences during the COVID-19 pandemic. More generally, Juwen is interested in studying the causes of health inequality later in life from a life-course perspective.

Please join me in welcoming our cohort of 2022 graduates!