Choosing a Dissertation Committee

Who Can Serve on My Dissertation Committee?

Final oral exam committees must have five members:

  • three active (or within one year of retirement/resignation) UW-Madison faculty members in either Sociology or Community & Environmental Sociology;
  • one active (or within one year of retirement/resignation) UW-Madison faculty member from outside the two departments;
  • a fifth person who can be just about anyone whom you and your advisor believe will be a useful addition – e.g., another active UW-Madison professor, an emeritus UW-Madison professor, a professor at another university, a practitioner in the field who’s not affiliated with an academic institution, a member of the academic staff (i.e., basically any individual “deemed qualified” by you and your advisor)

Who can Chair my Dissertation Committee?

The departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology run a combined graduate program. Active faculty, or faculty within one year of resignation/retirement, in either of these departments may chair the dissertation committee for graduate students in the combined Soc/C&E Soc program.  Active faculty, or faculty within one year of resignation/retirement, from other departments who have a joint governance appointment with Soc/C&E Soc may also chair a dissertation committee for students in the combined program.  Faculty from other departments who are affiliated with Soc/C&E Soc may serve on dissertation committees but may not chair them. Likewise, Soc/C&E Soc emeritus faculty may serve on dissertation committees but may not chair them; they may, however, act as co-chairs along with a current, active faculty member.

Josh Garoon, assistant professor in Community and Environmental Sociology, asking a question to a panel.

The current list of eligible dissertation committee chairs includes:

Samer Alatout, Vilas Associate Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology

Michael Bell, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology

Max Besbris, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Marcy Carlson, Professor of Sociology

Jane L. Collins, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology, Emerita

Joseph Conti, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law

Katherine J. Curtis, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology

Jennifer Dykema, Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director, UW Survey Center

John Eason, Associate Professor of Sociology

Felix Elwert, Professor of Sociology

Mustafa Emirbayer, Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology

Michal Engelman, Associate Professor of Sociology

Nan Enstad, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology

Ivan Ermakoff, Sewell-Bascom Professor of Sociology

Noah Feinstein, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology

Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor Emerita of Sociology

Jason Fletcher, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology

Robert Freeland, Professor of Sociology

Lewis Friedland, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Joan Fujimura, Martindale-Bascom Professor Emerita of Sociology

Joshua Garoon, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology

Ted Gerber, Professor of Sociology

Chad Alan Goldberg, Professor of Sociology

Monica Grant, Associate Professor of Sociology

Eric Grodsky, Professor of Sociology

Katherine Jensen, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies

Michael Light, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies

Chaeyoon Lim, Professor of Sociology

John Allen Logan, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Michael Massoglia, Romnes Professor of Sociology

Doug Maynard, Conway-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Sociology

James Montgomery, Professor of Sociology

Jenna Nobles, Professor of Sociology

Eunsil Oh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Languages & Cultures

Pamela Oliver, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Sarah Rios, Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology

Joel Rogers, Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, & Sociology

Nora Cate Schaeffer, Sewell Bascom Professor Emerita of Sociology

Christine Schwartz, Professor of Sociology

Gay Seidman, Professor of Sociology

Randy Stoecker, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology

Sam Trejo, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Kelly Ward, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies

Monica White, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology