Sociology & Anthropology Alumni Participant Bios

Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.

Jeff Funk '16

Jeff is a student affairs professional currently holding the position of residence hall director at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. In this role, he oversees all residential education at the College and supervise the resident assistant staff. His passion for student affairs is the product of his dynamic experiences as a student at Muhlenberg. The training he received as a sociology major has provided him with a framework for understanding diverse populations and creating inclusive communities. His position as a resident assistant (and later head resident), as well as my involvement on many college committees and in various departments, fueled his interest in student affairs and led him to realize that it is the perfect career in which to utilize his sociological imagination.

Jeff will be speaking in the Sociology Capstone and attending the networking lunch on Wednesday, April 11.

Email Jeff. Or visit his LinkedIn.

Molly Harper '11

During her time at Muhlenberg, Molly majored in sociology and served as a writing assistant and student advisor. After graduation, she earned her masters in sociology at Lehigh University. In the last six years, she’s worked in a variety of fields including writing and editing, higher education, institutional research, and nonprofit administration. Currently, she oversees the grant cycle for a small family foundation in NJ and write freelance when she is able. Both positions demand her use of the sociological knowledge and soft skills she developed at Muhlenberg. Her post-grad career path has been far from clear cut, but sociology has made her flexible and capable in each of the different directions she’s explored.

Molly will be speaking in the Sociology Capstone and attending the networking lunch on Wednesday, April 11.

Email Molly. Or visit her LinkedIn.

Marc Jablonski '15

While at Muhlenberg, Marc studied anthropology, French, and art, and sound design/wrote over a dozen theater productions. Right after graduation, he conducted qualitative ethnography as a research assistant for a doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He then moved on to A&E Networks studying audience behavior and TV viewership. A year later, he combined his research interests with his theater experience and started working at AKA NYC–a Broadway ad and marketing agency. Currently at AKA, Marc works with large sets of qualitative and quantitative data to diagnose issues in theater show’s health and provide media and marketing recommendations. At the same time that he started working at Columbia, he began sound designing and composing for a number of theater projects around NYC. Over the past few months, he has been developing a few new projects–one is a musical with fellow alum Lauren Waters and another is with his theater company A Certain Something.

Marc will be virtually joining the Anthropology Capstone on Monday, April 9.

Email Marc. Or visit his LinkedIn.

Lucy James '14

Lucy graduated from Muhlenberg in 2014 with a major in anthropology and minor in philosophy. She is currently a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in the Housing Unit in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lucy will be speaking in the Anthropology Capstone on Monday, April 9.

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Malcolm McClain '17

Malcolm is currently a graduate student at Lehigh University pursuing a master’s in sociology. He also serve as a teaching assistant and leads two introduction to sociology recitation sections. Muhlenberg was such amazing experience for Malcolm because of Tracy and the 2013-2017 & current faculty. Everybody was so supportive, and most importantly, willing to push students intellectually, so the experience was worthwhile. He couldn’t imagine his grad school experience or life without having interacted with all these amazing individuals.

Malcolm will be speaking in the Sociology Capstone on Wednesday, April 11.

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Emeley Rodriguez '15

Emeley got to Muhlenberg with her mind set on one goal. She declared her political science major early on believing that goal was to get a JD and eventually become a lawyer. Still exploring all college has to offer, Emeley became heavily involved in many extracurriculars. Most of these with a focus on diversity where she felt able to both celebrate and validate her identity, as well as address the issues that came with it. Emeley found her community in groups like the Emerging Leaders Program, Comunidad Latina, and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority. She also took electives, including her intro to sociology class. Here, she discovered her passion for what would eventually become her second major. A field of study that put a science behind her lived experiences. After graduation, although not knowing what it would entail, Emeley knew she wanted to do some work relating to diversity, working with communities like her own. Through her network, she was able to secure a coordinator position at Goldman Sachs on the diversity recruiting team. Two years later, she is now a recruiter on that team doing event based work and partnering with organizations and universities around the country to recruit top talent for the firm.

Emeley will be speaking the Sociology Capstone on Wednesday, April 11.

Email Emeley. Or visit her LinkedIn.

Rocio Vidal Ronchas '15

Rocio graduated from Muhlenberg as an anthropology major with a double minor in chemistry and public health. After graduating, she went to the University of Cambridge, where she completed a one year masters in archaeology with a specialization in archaeological sciences. Since graduating, she has been working at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) as an editorial coordinator. This position allows her to interact daily with academics from around the world and from different academic fields.

Rocio will be speaking in the Anthropology Capstone and attending the networking lunch on Monday, April 9.

Email Rocio. Or visit her LinkedIn.

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