GWENDOLYN Y. PURIFOYE
Department of Sociology
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Loyola University Phone: 630-660-3922
Chicago, Illinois 60660 Email: email@example.com
Doctor of Philosophy Program
Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago 2008 – present
Expected completion date: December 2013
Dissertation: How do you see me when I am here? : Spaces, Places and Social Interactions in
Dissertation committee: Kelly Moore (chair), David Embrick, Phil Nyden,
J. Talmadge Wright
Qualifying exams: Social Theory, Urban Sociology
Master of Education, Loyola University Chicago
Urban and community sociology, the sociology of place and space, deviance and social
control, homelessness, social theory
Conference Papers & Presentations
2012. “Do you see me?: The Homeless in Their Occupied Spaces.” Annual Meeting of the
American Sociological Association, Denver, CO.
2012. “Hey baby, let me get that number”: The man effect and public spaces and places.”
Presented at the 14th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, University of Illinois at
Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2012. “Restricting Access to Equal Opportunities: Racialized educational systems and the
‘American Dream’.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society,
2012. “Advice on Teaching: From One Graduate Student to Another.” Panelist. Annual
Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, MN.
2011. Invited Presenter, “Do you see me: The Homeless and Their Occupied Spaces.”
Presented at the 2011 Ethnography Workshop, Northwestern University.
2011. Invited Panelist on Behalf of Service Sociology, “For My Sisters: A Revealing Look at
Welfare and Education Reform Policies and the Gender Issue.” Presented at the Annual
Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Evanston, IL.
2011. “Race in Motion: A Study of Social Interactions on Public Transportation.” Presented
at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Evanston, IL.
2011. “Stop “Waiting for Superman” and just let him fly by: An evaluation of cloaked
welfare and education reform policies and the gender issue.” Presented at the Annual
Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Las Vegas, NV.
2011. “Race in Motion: An Ethnographic Study of Interactions on Public Transportation.”
Presented at the 13th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, Notre Dame University,
South Bend, IN. Also presented at the 23rd Annual National Black Graduate Students
Association Conference, Columbia, SC, 2011.
2010. “Making Our Way Towards Meaning: A Study of Social Interactions in Public Spaces
and Places.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association,
2010. “Protecting Her Honor: An Analysis of Military Sexual Trauma and U.S. Service
Women During Times of War.” Presented at the joint meeting of the Midwest Sociological
Society and the North Central Sociological Association, Chicago, IL.
2010. “It Ain’t Nothin’ but a Word: The Role of Language in Society.” Presented at the joint
meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association,
2010. “Do you see me? A study on the interactions between homeless persons and
pedestrians in downtown Chicago.” Presented at the Loyola University Department of
Sociology Department Research Symposium, Chicago, IL.
2010. “Giving Meaning and Making Place.” Presented at the 12th Annual Chicago
Ethnography Conference, Chicago, IL.
Awards & Honors
Advanced Doctoral Fellowship Award, Loyola University Chicago, 2012-2013
Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Award, Loyola University Chicago, 2011-2012
Graduate School Merit Award, Loyola University Chicago, 2010-2011, 2009-2010
Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, Inducted September 2010
Graduate Student Instructor, Loyola University Chicago
Social Problems (Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Deviance & Social Control (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011)
Sociological Perspective (Spring 2010)
Adjunct Faculty, Roosevelt University
The Family (Sociology of Marriage and the Family) (Fall 2009)
Social Deviance (Spring 2009)
Methods of Critical Reasoning (2004-2008)
Senior Thesis (2004-2008)
Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (2002 –2005)
Adjunct Faculty, DeVry University
Collaborative Learning (2000-2003)
Career Development (2001-2004)
Adjunct Faculty, Harold Washington College
Developmental Writing (Fall 2000)
College Survival Skills (Spring 2000)
Educational and Vocational Counseling (Spring 2000, Fall 2000)
Other Professional Positions
Associate Director for Learning Support Services, Loyola University Chicago, 2007-08
Senior Advisor, Loyola University Chicago, 2003-06
Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment,
Graduate School Advisory Committee on Diversity, 2012
Graduate Students of Color Alliance, Treasurer 2010-2011, 2009-2011
Diversity Advisory Board, Loyola University Chicago, 2008-2010
Student Leadership Development Steering Committee, Loyola University Chicago, 2004-09
University Judicial Board, Loyola University Chicago 2004-2008
Staff Council, Loyola University Chicago, 2004-07
University Strategic Task Force, Loyola University Chicago, 8/03-3/04
Writing Workshop I & II: GHPD in Gary, IN October 2010, November 2010
Academic Success Workshop: Gary Public Library September 2009, Chicago Heights Public
Library, August 2009, August 2008
Navigating the College Admission Process: Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Gary IN,
American Sociological Association
Midwest Sociological Society
Society for the Study of Social Problems
National Black Graduate Students Association
Ethnography, structured and semi-structured interviewing, data coding, program
evaluation surveys, SPSS statistical software