Grad Students

Isaac Speer

Contact Information

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Fields of Study

Sociological Theory; Political Sociology; Race and Ethnicity; Social Class; Comparative and Historical Research Methods


“Wealth, Race and Class Identification in Twenty-first-century American Society.” Forthcoming, The Sociological Quarterly.

Works in Progress

"The Causes of Budget Gridlock in California." Dissertation.

 “Framing the Iraq War: A comparison of New York Times’ coverage before and after the Samarra shrine bombing.” Preparing to submit to Poetics.

Grants and Awards

Dorothy L. Meier Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Department of Sociology, 2015-2016

Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA Department  of Sociology, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2008-2009

Nomination for UCLA Distinguished TA Award, UCLA Department  of Sociology, 2013, 2012

Department of Sociology Fellowship, UCLA, 2010- 2011, 2006-2007

Peter Kollock Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Sociology, 2009- 2010

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, 2008

W. M. Keck Scholarship, Pitzer College, 2005-2006, 2004-2005, 2003-2004

Conference Presentations

“Wealth, Race and Class Identification in 21st-Century American Society”, American Sociological Association Conference, 2014

“The Causes of Budget Gridlock in California, 2007-2010", Social Science History Association Conference, 2012

“Transcendent Motivations of the Islamic Revolution”, Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 2006 (Co-authored with Corey O’Malley)


Dissertation Committee:

Rebecca Jean Emigh, Ph.D., Chair

William G. Roy, Ph.D.

Edward Walker, Ph.D.

Barbara Sinclair, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Sociology, UCLA, 2016

C.Phil. in Sociology, UCLA, 2010

M.A. in Sociology, UCLA, 2007

B.A. in Political Studies (honors) and Sociology, Pitzer College, 2006