Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

Geniece Crawford

(Sociology, May 2013)
Thesis Title: Motherhood on the Outside: Reintegration and Moral Meaning Making among Ex-Offender Mothers
Committee: Kathryn Edin (Chair), Christopher Winship, and Bruce Western
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Department of Sociology, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

Cassi L. Pittman

(Sociology & Social Policy, November 2012)
Thesis Title: Race, Social Context, and Consumption: How Race Structures the Consumption Preferences and Practices of Middle and Working-Class Blacks
Committee: William Julius Wilson (Chair), Michèle Lamont, Orlando Patterson, and Juliet B. Schor (Boston College)
Initial Placement: Social and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Rupert Russell

(Sociology, May 2013)
Thesis Title: Dying of Encouragement: From Pitch to Production in Hollywood
Committee: Orlando Patterson (Chair), Christopher Winship, and Jason Beckfield
Position: Director, "How to Get Elected in America" (feature-length documentary, post-production 2013)

Victor Tan Chen

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2012)
Thesis Title: Meritless: Unemployed Autoworkers, the Social Safety Net, and the Culture of Meritocracy in America and Canada
Committee: William Julius Wilson (Chair), Katherine S. Newman, and Bruce Western
Initial Placement: National Science Foundation and American Sociological Association postdoctoral fellow, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (2012‐2014)
Current Position: Assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Nathan Edward Fosse

(Sociology, May 2012)
Thesis Title: When Tomorrow is Never Promised: Drug Use, Sexual Health, and Beliefs Toward the Future Among Low-Income Emerging Adults
Committee: Michèle Lamont (chair), Kathryn Edin, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Global Scholar (postdoctoral fellow), Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Current Position: Research Analyst, Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Project-2 (MHFE-2), Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Patrick Hamm

(Sociology, May 2012)
Thesis Title: Food Production during the Transition to Capitalism: A Comparative Political Economy of Russia and China
Committee: Martin K. Whyte (Chair), Jason Beckfield, and Ivan Szelenyi (Yale University)
Initial Placement: Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                                                                                             

Kevin Michael Lewis

(Sociology, May 2012)
Thesis Title: Stratification in the Early Stages of Mate Choice
Committee: Peter V. Marsden (Chair), Jocelyn Viterna, Martin K. Whyte, and Michèle Lamont
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Eun Mi Mun

(Sociology, November 2011)
Thesis Title: The Organizational Reproduction of Gender Inequality: The Equal Employment Opportunity Law and Women’s Employment in Japan, 1986-2009
Committee: Mary C. Brinton (Chair), Jason Beckfield, Frank Dobbin, and Peter V. Marsden
Initial Placement: Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Current Position: Robert E. Keiter 1957 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Sanjay Pinto

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2012)
Ph.D. Date: May 2012
Thesis Title: Nations and Occupations: Towards a New Political Economy of Work
Committee: Jason Beckfield (chair), Torben Iversen, Bruce Western, Ben Schneider
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York, NY

Tamara Pavasovic Trost

(Sociology, May 2012)
Thesis Title: Dealing with the Past: History and Identity in Serbia and Croatia
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Christopher Winship, Jocelyn Viterna, and Veljko Vujacic (Oberlin College)
Initial Placement: Visiting Professor, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Graz, Austria
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

Jessica S. Welburn

(Sociology, November 2011)
Thesis Title: Managing Instability: Conceptions of Opportunity and Success among African Americans from Middle-Income Households
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), William Julius Wilson, Kathryn Edin, Orlando Patterson, and Camille Charles (University of Pennsylvania
Initial Placement: President's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2012-2014)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Joyce Liu

(Sociology, November 2013)
Thesis Title: Expertise Diversification and the Transformation of the Field of Contemporary Chinese Art: 1979-2012
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Frank Dobbin, Martin K. Whyte, and Claude Rosental

Eva Rosen

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2014)
Thesis Title: The Rise of the Horizontal Ghetto: Poverty in a Post-public Housing Era
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Matthew Desmond, Kathryn Edin, Michele Lamont, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Harvard College Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University (2014-2015)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Poverty and Inequality Research Lab, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University (beginning Fall 2015)

Jovonne Juanita Bickerstaff

(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title:
 Together, Close, Resilient: Essays on Emotion Work Among Black Couples
Committee: 
Orlando Patterson (Chair), Mary C. Brinton, Christopher Winship, and Jason Beckfield

Anmol Chaddha

(Sociology & Social Policy, March 2015)
Thesis Title: The Welfare Functions of Credit and Debt in an Era of Rising Inequality
Committee:
 William Julius Wilson (Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, Bruce Western, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement: Hutchins Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University

Jacqueline Olga Cooke-Rivers

(African & African-American Studies/Sociology, November 2014)
Thesis Title: 
On the Nature of Cultural Capital: The Reinforcing Influence of Non-Elite Forms
Committee:
William Julius Wilson (Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, Orlando Patterson, and Christopher Winship
Initial Placement: Executive Director, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies; Lecturer in African & African-American Studies, Harvard University

Nicole M. Deterding

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2015)
Thesis Title: Start, Start Again: The College Pathways of Economically-Vulnerable Mothers
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Co-chair), Mary C. Brinton (Co-chair), and Kathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins University)
Initial Placement: National Poverty Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ethan Fosse

(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Cultural Continuity and the Rise of the Millennials: Generational Trends in Politics, Religion, and Economic Values
Committee: 
Orlando Patterson (Chair), Christopher Winship, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement:
Instructor in Statistics, Harvard Extension School

Maocan Guo

(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Towards a General Theory of Education-based Inequality and Mobility: Who Wins and Loses under China's Educational Expansion, 1981-2010
Committee:
Martin K. Whyte (Chair), Christopher Winship, and Jason Beckfield

Erin Latrice Henry

(Organizational Behavior, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Facilitative Boundary Leadership: Enabling Collaboration in Complex, Multi-Organizational Work
Committee:
Amy C. Edmondson (Chair), Julie Battilana, and Filiz Garip
Initial Placement: Assistant Director, Strategic Workforce Planning, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI

Danilo Mandić

(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title: Separatists, Gangsters and Other Statesmen: The State, Secession and Organized Crime in Serbia and Georgia, 1989-2012
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Orlando Patterson, and Bart Bonikowski
Initial Placement: Harvard College Fellow, Sociology Department, Harvard University

Christopher Michael Muller

(Sociology, November 2014)
Thesis Title: 
Historical Origins of Racial Inequality in Incarceration in the United States
Committee:
Bruce Western (Chair), Christopher Winship, Orlando Patterson, and Robert J. Sampson
Initial Placement:
Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Columbia University (2014-2016); Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of California Berkeley (beginning Fall 2016)

Faaiza Rashid

(Organizational Behavior, March 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Mutual Accountability and Its Influence on Team Performance
Committee: 
Amy C. Edmondson (Chair), Robin J. Ely, and Filiz Garip

Alvaro Agustín Santana Acuña

(Sociology, November 2014)
Thesis Title: The Making of a National Cadastre (1763-1807): State Uniformization, Nature Valuation, and Organizational Change in France
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Filiz Garip, Philip Gorski (Sociology, Yale University), Patrice Higonnet (History, Harvard University), and Antoine Picon (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University)
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Tracey L. Shollenberger

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Essays on Schools, Crime, and Punishment
Committee:
Bruce Western (Chair), Christopher Jencks (Harvard Kennedy School), and Alexandra Killewald
Initial Placement:
Research Associate at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center

Benjamin Curran Sosnaud

(Sociology, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Life Chances: Infant Mortality, Institutions, and Inequality in the United States
Committee:
Jason Beckfield (Chair), Bruce Western, and Christopher Jencks (Harvard Kennedy School)
Initial Placement:
Harvard College Fellow, Sociology Department, Harvard University

Shawna Vican

(Sociology, March 2015)
Thesis Title: 
Defining Diversity: Professionals and Institutionalization Processes
Committee:
Frank Dobbin (Chair), Mary C. Brinton, and Jocelyn Viterna
Initial Placement:
Research Fellow, Catalyst (2014-2015); Senior Research Analyst, the University of Delaware

Hsin-Chao Wu

(Sociology, November 2014)
Thesis Title: Community Building and Local Traditions in the Reform Era Rural China
Committee: Orlando Patterson (Chair), Jocelyn Viterna, and Robert P. Weller (Anthropology, Boston University)

Pavel Ivanov Zhelyazkov

(Organizational Behavior, May 2015)
Thesis Title: 
The Contingent Effects of Prior Ties on Network Dynamics: Essays on the Formation and Dissolution of Interorganizational Relationships in the Venture Capital Industry
Committee:
Ranjay Gulati (Chair), Paul A. Gompers, Peter V. Marsden, and Magnus Thor Torfason
Initial Placement:
Assistant Professor, Management Department, School of Business & Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Anthony Abraham Jack

(Sociology, May 2016)
Thesis Title: Same Folks, Different Strokes: Class, Culture, and the "New" Diversity at Elite Colleges and Universities
Committee:
 William Julius Wilson (Chair), Michele Lamont, Robert J. Sampson, and Mary C. Waters
Initial Placement: Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University (2016-2019); Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (beginning Fall 2019)

Joseph Carney Krupnick

(Sociology, May 2016)
Thesis Title: You Go, I Go: Searching for Strength and Self in the American Gym
Committee:
 Christopher Winship (Chair), Orlando Patterson, and Matthew Desmond