The Guns in America Lab

Research assistants in this lab are funded by the National Science Foundation to work on two projects: one involving the impact and aftermath of surviving gun violence and the other chronicling the surge in gun purchasing in the US in 2020.


Madie Armstrong is a third year PhD student at the University of Arizona School of Sociology. Prior to her time at Arizona, she received her BS in political science from Appalachian State University. Her broad areas of interest are gun culture and violence, law and society, race, and gender. She is particularly interested in the roles of race and racism in shaping experiences of gun violence and gun violence-related trauma. 


My name is Abby Goldberg, and I am a senior from Grayslake, Illinois. I am majoring in anthropology and minoring in sociology. I am so excited to be a part of this team!


My name is Jhon Torres, and I am a senior at the University of Arizona studying Psychology and Sociology. As the son of two Hispanic immigrants, I am extremely family-oriented and passionate about Hispanic food and culture. My research interests include judgement and decision making based on cultural beliefs and the effect that culture/family has on recovering from trauma. My hobbies include DnD, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.


Elliot Truslow is a second-year PhD student at the University of Arizona School of Sociology. Prior to attending graduate school, Elliot worked in the business, insurance, and technology sectors in roles such as system implementation, process improvement, and project management. In the summer of 2020, they worked with the Berkeley Media Studies Group as a content analyst for news media on public health topics. Elliot’s independent research concerns topics such as information production, civic technologies, law and society, power, and inequality. 

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