Many of our graduates work in academic teaching positions in departments of sociology and schools of medicine, public health, and nursing. Others are employed as counselors, research program directors in medical schools and industry, government researchers, and academic researchers.

What is your story? We would like you to share it with us, with our students, and the world — read the stories of some of our alumni on this page, and let us know if you have a story to tell. Do you want to become involved in the department? We welcome your ideas and participation. Or perhaps you would like to know how to give to the department and help support its mission.

Dr. Sanjeev Acharya (PhD 2020) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Arkansas State University. He teaches Medical Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, and Research Methods among other courses. He studies health disparities, global health, and social factors in health (socioeconomic status, gender).

""Najwa Al-Harbi (PhD 2019) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Umm Al Qura University in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Alharbi teaches Social Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, and Sociological Theory.

Karim Abu-Omar. Dr. Abu-Omar (PhD 2001) is a faculty member at the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). He is also head of the WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Public Health at the ISS.

Shane Burns

Dr. Shane Burns (PhD 2021) is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. His studies disability, aging, and immigrant health.

Chenoia Bryant

Dr. Chenoia Bryant (PhD 2020) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Xavier University of Louisiana. She teaches introduction to sociology, sociology of mental health, and health disparities. She studies gender, sexuality, and health.

Lori Bateman. Dr. Lori Bateman (PhD 2014) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Associate Scientist in the Minority Health & Health Equity Research Center and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

Henna Budhwani. Dr. Budhwani (PhD 2012) (pronouns: she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH), Visiting Assistant Professor with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), and affiliated faculty with the Florida State University (FSU) Center for Translational Behavioral Science.

Research Interests: Family and Health, Gender Medical Sociology, Immigration

David Buys. David R. Buys (PhD 2011) is an Extension health specialist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (Mississippi State University).

Yue Cao. Yue Cao (PhD 2012) holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science and Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. He previously worked at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, where he completed his Postdoc training.

Anthony Campbell. Dr. Anthony Campbell (PhD 2016) an assistant professor at Auburn University in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) Training Program.


Dr. Demir Dagdas (PhD 2017) is currently a Research Data Specialist 2 at the State of California, Department of Health Care Services. She analyzes Medi-Cal datasets as a quantitative health researcher.