Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

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); Postdoctoral Fellow, Poverty and Inequality Research Lab, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University (2015-2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

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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
Current Position: Policy Analyst, Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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... Read more about Jacqueline Olga Cooke-Rivers

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
Current Position: Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services... Read more about Nicole M. Deterding

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
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... 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
Committee: 
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

Jackelyn Hwang

(Sociology & Social Policy, November 2015)
Thesis Title: Gentrification, Race, and Immigration in the Changing American City
Committee: Robert J. Sampson (Chair), William Julius Wilson, Mary C. Waters, and Alexandra A. Killewald
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Population Research (2015-2017); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University

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)

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
Current Position: Manager, Consumer Insights, Measurement, and Analytics, The Walt Disney Company

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 (beginning fall 2019)

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

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

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)
Initial Placement: Resident Dean, Ivy Yard, 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

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