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5/21/2020 12:17 pm  #1

Jill LaPlante, UMass Boston

Name: Jill LaPlante
Year:   Fall 2020: 2nd year PhD
Research Interests:

  • Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Value Systems, Cognitive Dissonance  
  • Integration: Incorporate findings from other disciplines (Evolutionary studies, Biology, Psychology, Economics, Business) into my understanding of social phenomenon

Milestones Complete/Upcoming:  Theory/Methods Exams: Summer 2020

Academic Background:

  • Master of Public Policy, Specialization: Innovation, Institutions & Development

United Nations University & Maastricht University

  • Master of Business Administration, Specialization: Entrepreneurship

Southern New Hampshire University

  • Bachelor of Public Administration

Southern New Hampshire University
Advisor / Committee Members:
Formal Advisor TBD; In communication with

  • Professor Russell Schutt

Research Methods, Sociology of Organizations, Homelessness and Mental Health Services, Sociology of Law

  • Assistant Professor Evan Stewart

Political and cultural sociology, public opinion, civic engagement, religion and secularism, social psychology, survey research, quantitative methods

  • Associate Professor Reef Youngreen (Substantive Committee – Summer 2021)

Social Psychology, Status Processes, Deviance


  • TA’d twice for Social Statistics
  • Completed Teaching Sociology course, Fall 2019
  • Guest lectured, Intro to Soc, Fall 2019
  • IOR for Social Statistics Fall 2020


  • STATA familiarity
  • R familiarity (beginner!)
  • Q-Methodology (uses factor analysis on small-N samples)
  • Interviews: Designed, conducted, recorded & transcribed two in-depth interviews

Grant Writing:                  None
Published Work:              None
Conference Participation:  ESS Annual Meeting, attended only, Feb 2020
Professional Background

  • Maine State Legislature, Health & Human Services Committee Clerk, 1 yr
  • United States Navy, Electronic Technician, 6 yrs
  • Credit Unions, Member Service Representative, 6 yrs
  • ALSTOM Transportation, Buyer, 2 yrs

Post Graduate Goal:   Preparing for academic, open to applied
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