Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

Asad L. Asad

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Reconsidering Immigrant Illegality: How Immigrants Perceive the Risk of Immigration Law and Enforcement
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Filiz Garip, Mario L. Small, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell University (2017-2019); Assistant Professor of Sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University

Nicole Arlette Hirsch

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Advocacy and Anti-Racism: How Institutions Shape Organizational Responses to Racially Biased Policing in France and the United States
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, Tamara Kay, Patrick Simon, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society & Social Change Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology Department, the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), University of Southern California

Jonathan Mijs

Jonathan Jan Benjamin Mijs

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Institutions as Inferential Spaces: How People Learn About Inequality
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, and Devah Pager
Initial Placement: Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in Ethnicity, Race, and Equity, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston University... Read more about Jonathan Jan Benjamin Mijs

Holly Wood

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Courting Trouble: A Qualitative Examination of Sexual Inequality in Partnering Practice
Committee: Jocelyn Viterna (Chair), Christopher Jencks, Kathryn Edin, and Elizabeth A. Armstrong

Mazen Elfakhani

(Sociology, November 2017)
Thesis Title: The Emergence of the On-Demand Economy and its Significance for Workers
Committee: Christopher Winship (Chair), Orlando Patterson, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Associate at McKinsey & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Eunsil Oh

Eunsil Oh

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Defining Female Achievement: Gender, Class, and Work in Contemporary Korea
Committee: Mary C. Brinton (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, Paul Y. Chang, and Jocelyn Viterna
Initial Placement: Lecturer on Sociology, Sociology Department, Harvard University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Social Development Studies, Yonsei University
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology of Contemporary Korea, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Anny Fenton

Anny Tazio Fenton

(Sociology, May 2019)
Thesis Title: Sex and the Pediatrician’s Office: Using the HPV Vaccine to Explore How Sexuality Shapes Healthcare Experiences and Medical Decision Making
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Tey Meadow
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Portland, ME
Current Position: Clinical Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Elizabeth Hansen

Elizabeth Hansen

(Organizational Behavior, May 2019)
Thesis Title: Institutional Leadership, Innovation, and Organizational Change During Technical Transitions: A Study of Digital Transformation in Public Radio
Committee: Michael L. Tushman (Chair), Leslie Perlow, Julie Battilana, Christopher Winship, and Chris W. Anderson
Initial Placement: Research Fellow, The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Hope Harvey

Hope Harvey

(Sociology & Social Policy, November 2018)
Thesis Title: Experiences of Doubling-up among American Families with Children
Committee: Alexandra A. Killewald (Co-Chair), Devah Pager (Co-Chair), Mario L. Small, and Kathryn Edin
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky; research affiliate, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research

Ekedi Mpondo-Dika

Ekédi Mpondo-Dika

(Sociology, March 2019)
Thesis Title: Adversity, Ambivalence, and Mental Health: The Emotional Costs of Severe Deprivation
Committee: Christopher Winship (Chair), Matthew Desmond, and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Princeton University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (effective Fall 2024)

Jasmin Sandelson

Jasmin Aviva Sandelson

(Sociology, May 2019)
Thesis Title: Looking Out: Hope, Help, and Friendship Between Poor, Teenaged Girls
Committee: Matthew Desmond (Co-Chair), Michèle Lamont (Co-Chair), and Mary C. Waters
Position: Independent Writer; MFA student at New York University; Associate Research Scholar at the Justice Lab, Columbia University
Stefan Beljean

Stefan Beljean

(Sociology, November 2019)
Thesis Title: The Pressures of Status Reproduction: Upper-Middle-Class Youth and the Transition to Higher Education in Germany and the United States
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Jason Beckfield, Jal Mehta, and Michael Sauder
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin, Germany
Current Position:
Kelley Ty Fong

Kelley Ty Fong

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2020)
Thesis Title: Essays on Child Protective Services Reporting
Committee: Bruce Western (Co-Chair), Jocelyn Viterna (Co-Chair), and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Blythe George

Blythe Katelyn George

(Sociology & Social Policy, March 2020)
Thesis Title: Tribal Lands, Tribal Men, and Tribal Responsibilities: World Renewal Fathers with Criminal Records and Their Perceptions of Work and Fatherhood On- and Off-Reservation
Committee: William Julius Wilson (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, Mario Luis Small, and Megan Comfort (RTI)
Initial Placement: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (2020-21); Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced

Nina Gheihman

Nina Gheihman

(Sociology, May 2020)
Thesis Title: Veganized: How Cultural Entrepreneurs Transformed a Fringe Movement
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Bart Bonikowski, and Vanina Leschziner (University of Toronto)
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sustainable Food Initiative at University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Visiting Scholar in the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School; author of How It All Vegan: The Inside Story of Icons, Informers, and Innovators Who Changed Food Forever (forthcoming in 2022, Bloomsbury Publishing USA)
Gru Han

Gru Han

(Sociology, March 2020)
Thesis Title: Government Regulation and Economic Globalization: The Diffusion of Antitrust Law and Merger Control and Its Influence on Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Bart Bonikowski
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University
Charlotte Lloyd

Charlotte Lloyd

(Sociology, November 2019)
Thesis Title: Managing Indigeneity, Cultivating Citizens: Reconciliation Action Plans in Australian Organizations
Committee: Jocelyn Viterna (Chair), Bart Bonikowski, and Michèle Lamont
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program and coordinator of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion for 2019-2020, Weatherhead Center for International Studies, Harvard University
Current Position: Senior Analyst, Abt Associates, Inc.

Jared Schachner

Jared Nathan Schachner

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2020)
Thesis Title: Contextual Selection and Intergenerational Reproduction
Committee: Robert J. Sampson (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Christopher Jencks
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Scholar/Mansueto Fellow, Department of Sociology & Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Price Center for Social Innovation, University of Southern California

Alix Winter

Alix Soffen Winter

(Sociology & Social Policy, November 2019)
Thesis Title: How Social Adversity and Opioid Prescription Intersect with the Criminal Justice System and Recent Mortality in the United States
Committee: Robert J. Sampson (Chair), Jason Beckfield, and Alexandra A. Killewald
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE), Columbia University
Current Position: Chief Data Scientist, Racial Profiling and Biased Policing Investigations Unit, New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board 
Linda Zhao

Linda Zhao

(Sociology, November 2020)
Thesis Title: The Children of Immigrants in Western Europe: Three Studies on Networks, Diversity, and Integration
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Mary C. Waters, Peter V. Marsden, Alexandra A. Killewald, and Filiz Garip
Initial Placement: Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Population Center, Cornell University
Current Position: Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago (effective Fall 2022)

Laura Adler

Laura Kremen Adler

(Sociology, May 2022)
Thesis Title: From the Job's Worth to the Person's Price: Pay-Setting, Gender Inequality, and the Changing Understanding of Fair Pay
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Michèle Lamont, Jason Beckfield, Peter V. Marsden, and David Pedulla
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management (effective Fall 2022)

Ahmmad Brown

Ahmmad Allan Brown

(Organizational Behavior, May 2022)
Thesis Title: Three Papers on Black Student Well-being in HWCUs: Social Capital, Belonging, and Identity
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Co-Chair), Lakshmi Ramarajan (Co-Chair), and Alexandra Feldberg
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University (effective Fall 2022)

Jasmine Olivier

Jasmine Nicole Olivier

(Sociology, May 2022)
Thesis Title: Reimagining Public Safety: Transformations in Collective Efficacy and Community Control in Boston Public Housing
Committee: Christopher Winship (Chair), Robert J. Sampson, Monica C. Bell (Yale Law School), and Rod K. Brunson (University of Maryland)
Initial Placement: Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (effective Fall 2022)

Bo Yun Park

Bo Yun Park

(Sociology, November 2021)
Thesis Title: Is (S)He Presidential? The Changing Scripts of Political Leadership, 1995-2020
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Jocelyn Viterna, Bart Bonikowski (New York University), and Jennifer Hochschild (Department of Government, Harvard University)
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Scholar, Social Science Data Lab (D-Lab), University of California, Berkeley
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Leadership Studies, University of Richmond (effective Fall 2022)
Nathan James Robinson

Nathan James Robinson

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2022)
Thesis Title: Hostile Territory: Mobilizing Resources and Finding Opportunities in the Contemporary U.S. Democratic Socialist Movement
Committee: Lawrence D. Bobo (Co-Chair), Bart Bonikowski (Co-Chair, New York University), and Christopher Winship
Position: Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Current Affairs (2015-present)
Adam Silver Travis

Adam Silver Travis

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2022)
Thesis Title: Towards a Landscape of Rental Housing Ownership: Legal and Spatial Characteristics of Residential Landlords in the United States
Committee: Robert J. Sampson (Chair), Matthew Desmond (Princeton University), and Mario Luis Small (Columbia University)
Position: Associate, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA

Fangsheng Zhu

Fangsheng Zhu

(Sociology, May 2022)
Thesis Title: Education, Inequality, and Intensive Parenting in China
Committee: Orlando Patterson (Chair), Christopher Winship, Ya-Wen Lei, and Elizabeth Perry (Department of Government, Harvard University)
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China... Read more about Fangsheng Zhu