Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

Dong-Kyun (DK) Im

(Sociology, March 2014)
Thesis Title: Attitudes and Beliefs about Distributive Justice in China
Committee: Martin K. Whyte (Chair), Christopher Winship, Jason Beckfield, and Bart Bonikowski
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Sociology, University of Seoul, Seoul, Korea
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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 (2015-2017); Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University (beginning in Fall 2017)

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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
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... Read more about Jacqueline Olga Cooke-Rivers

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
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Sociology and Department of Politics, Princeton University

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
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... Read more about Erin Latrice Henry

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 (Fall 2016-present)... Read more about Christopher Michael Muller

Faaiza Rashid

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

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)
Initial Placement: Adjunct assistant professor, Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP), Indiana University, Bloomington

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, Department of Management, School of Business & Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)... Read more about Pavel Ivanov Zhelyazkov

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), Michèle 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
 Christopher Winship (Chair), Orlando Patterson, and Matthew Desmond

Queenie X. Zhu

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2016)
Thesis Title: (Hiding) in Plain Sight: How Class Matters Differently Among Low-Income Students in Suburban Schools
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Co-Chair), Kathryn Edin (Co-Chair), Christopher Jencks, William Julius Wilson, and Hugh Mehan 
Initial Placement: Strategic Data Project (SDP) Fellow with the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research, California

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, Ithaca, New York (2017-2019); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and (by courtesy) Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (beginning fall 2019)

Curtis Kwinyen Chan

(Organizational Behavior, May 2017)
Thesis Title: A Double-Edged Sword of Organizational Culture: The Emergence of Unanticipated Consequences to Managerial Cultural Efforts
Committee: Michel Anteby (Co-Chair), Leslie A. Perlow (Co-Chair), Frank Dobbin, and Christopher Winship
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Management and Organization, Boston College

Caitlin Daniel

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Economic and Cultural Influences on Parents’ Food Decisions
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Jason Beckfield, Christopher Wildeman, Kathryn Edin, and Mark C. Pachucki
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley

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

Theodore S. Leenman

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Reconceiving Risk: Relational Understandings of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and the Down-Low 
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Michèle Lamont, and Tey Meadow
Initial Placement: Harvard College Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

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, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

Kristin L. Perkins

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Household Instability during Childhood and Young Adult Outcomes
Committee: Robert J. Sampson (Chair), Kathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins University), Alexandra Killewald, and Bruce Western
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Jessica Danielle Tollette

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Noticeably Invisible: Race, Intergroup Relations, and Immigrant Integration in Madrid
Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, and Filiz Garip

Phoenix Chi Wang

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Discretion, Cognition, and Embodiment in Process: Days and Nights with 911 Dispatchers 
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Co-Chair), Bart Bonikowski (Co-Chair), Matthew Desmond, and Jeffrey J. Sallaz (Arizona) 

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

Monica Clarice Bell

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Essays on Policing, Legal Estrangement & Urban Marginality
Committee: Bruce Western (Chair), Michèle Lamont, Robert J. Sampson, and Matthew Desmond (Princeton)
Initial Placement: Associate Professor, Yale Law School

Brielle Eileen Bryan

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Criminal Justice, Self-Sufficiency, and the Life Course: An Examination of Income, Support and Housing Trajectories After Incarceration and Conviction
Committee: Bruce Western (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Robert J. Sampson
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Rice University (effective Fall 2018)

Matthew Kevin Clair

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Privilege and Punishment: Unequal Experiences of Criminal Justice
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Co-Chair), Devah Pager (Co-Chair), Lawrence D. Bobo, Bart Bonikowski, and Bruce Western
Initial Placement: Quattrone Center Research Fellow, the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment at Stanford Law School (effective Summer 2019)

Katie Miyagi Derzon

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Collateral Consequences: How Increased Incarceration Rates Transform Parenting and Partnership in Low-income Boston Neighborhoods
Committee: Jocelyn Viterna (Chair), Mary C. Waters, and Kathryn Edin (Princeton)
Current Position: Fellow for Undocumented Students, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Harvard College

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

Carl E. Gershenson

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: The Social and Political Origins of the American Business Corporation, 1787-1861
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Jason Beckfield, and Daniel Carpenter
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis (effective Fall 2018)

Anshul Kumar

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Innovating in Education: NGO Interventions in New Delhi Government Schools
Committee: Christopher Winship (Chair), Katherine Merseth, and Orlando Patterson
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator, Harvard University

Dong-Ju Lee

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Treaties, Networks, and the Institutionalization of Reproductive Policies in the World, 1919-2014 
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Mary C. Brinton, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement: University Tutor, Macquarie University

Christy Ley

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Ambiguous Ideals: Expertise and Morality in an Innovation Supercluster
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Frank Dobbin, and Robin Ely (Harvard Business School)

Jundai Liu

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Communal Organization and Civic Solidarity: Political Participation in Guarding Rural Collective Land Rights in Contemporary China
Committee: Martin K. Whyte (Chair), Mary C. Brinton, and Elizabeth J. Perry
Initial Placement: Research Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Ryann Manning

(Organizational Behavior, November 2017)
Thesis Title: Organizing for Resilience: Mobilization by Sierra Leonean Diaspora Communities in Response to the 2014-2015 Ebola Crisis
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Co-Chair) Kathleen L. McGinn (Co-Chair), Julie Battilana, and Jocelyn Viterna
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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 in Sociology, Sociology Department, Harvard University (effective Fall 2018); Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Social Development Studies, Yonsei University (effective Spring 2019)

Cassandra Lyn Robertson

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Health, Race, and the Spatial Distribution of Opportunity in America
Committee: Christopher Jencks (Chair), Bruce Western, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cornell Population Center, Cornell University

Daniel Schrage

(Sociology, November 2017)
Thesis Title: Racial Inequality and the Spatial Organization of Employers in the U.S.
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Christopher Winship, and Devah Pager
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California

Beth Truesdale

(Sociology, November 2017)
Thesis Title: For Richer and Poorer: Disentangling the Association between Income Inequality and Health
Committee: Christopher Jencks (Chair), Jason Beckfield, and Alexandra A. Killewald
Initial Placement: Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow, the Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University

Nathan Eric Wilmers

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: The New Economic Segmentation: Work, Inequality, and Market Power
Committee: Bruce Western (Chair), Frank Dobbin, and Alexandra A. Killewald
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations, Work and Organizations Group, MIT Sloan School of Management (effective Fall 2018)

Letian Zhang

(Sociology, May 2018)
Thesis Title: Race and Status Dynamics in the NBA
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Co-Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald (Co-Chair), Nancy DiTomaso (Rutgers), and Elena Obukhova (McGill)
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School (effective July 2018)