Sociology & Anthropology

Featured Alumnae -- Sociology Graduate Program

Jenna Pirok.

WIU MA Alumnae and University of Missouri Ph.D. Candidate  Jenna Pirok

Jenna Pirok is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Her area of focus are health and inequalities.

Her research examines how post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors experience their bodies while navigating prosthetic use and breast reconstruction. She teaches courses pertaining to gender, health, and the body. Jenna also works as a research assistant in the Sociology and Women and Gender Studies Departments at the university. In 2013-2014, Jenna served as the graduate representative to the Sociology faculty meetings and will be the graduate representative to the Awards Committee in 2014-2015. She received her BA in Sociology from WIU in 2008 and her MA in Sociology from WIU in 2011. She is expected to graduate with her PhD in Sociology from the University of Missouri in Spring 2016.


From Our Graduates:

"Being a graduate student in sociology gave me the research experience I use on a daily basis for my current job. It is a handy tool to be able to conduct research in an efficient and accurate manner. The information I present to members of our association is different but the basic skills I learned as a graduate student helped tremendously." - Kevin Runkle, M.A. '03 (Regulatory Affairs Manager, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association)

"I believe my scholarly training in sociological theory and methodology prepared me well for an academic career. The faculty took a personal interest in my educational experience and advised me regarding a wide range of professional activities. I feel particularly fortunate to have had their instruction." - Janet Bokemeier, M.A. '75 (Chair, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University)

"The sociology graduate program at WIU gave me the opportunity to work with great professors and graduate students. The small graduate student-to-professor ratio provided me with the hands- on training I needed as a sociologist. I was encouraged to practice sociology through individual and collaborative research projects and received the support and encouragement needed to finish the program and pursue a doctorate in sociology." - Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan, M.A. '03 (Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Minnesota State University-Moorhead)