Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Graduate Fellows

Center Graduate Fellowships enable graduate students to participate in collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, social service agencies, health care providers, businesses, and government in Chicago's city and suburbs. Through their research and teaching projects, fellows are active participants in Loyola University Chicago's efforts to improve the quality of life for all members of the Chicago metropolitan community.


The Graduate Fellows are selected from a pool of applicants and matched to team projects based on skills and interest. The Fellows serve in a facilitation role for the projects and act as the link between Loyola faculty and undergraduates and community researchers to keep projects on track. 

CURRENT GRADUATE FELLOWS

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    Bill Byrnes

    Bill Byrnes is a doctoral student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include race and ethnicity, political sociology, neoliberalism, and poverty/inequality. His work at CURL focuses on program evaluation.
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    Soulit Chacko

    Soulit is a doctoral student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include international migration, gender and family, culture, transnational feminism, body and embodiment, and race, ethnicity, and religion.
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    Moriah Johnson

    Moriah is a Master’s student in the Public Policy program at Loyola. Her research interests include race-related issues, public policy’s role in solving social problems, the experiences of Black women in lower income communities in Chicago and how trauma is experienced and dealt with in lower income communities of color.
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    Jaspreet Kaur

    Jaspreet is a master's student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include health disparities, body and labor, gender and sexuality, race, and transnational and postcolonial feminisms. Jaspreet is interested in how mutually enforcing structures of race, gender and class enforce health inequality.
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    Yasmeen Khayr

    Yasmeen is a master's student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include religion, identity, and culture specifically related to Muslim communities in the United States. But, working as both an undergraduate and graduate fellow at CURL has expanded her interests into community-based research and hopes to utilize those skills in her future research.
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    Monica Reyna

    Monica is master's student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include culture, informal education, labor, and inequality.