Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

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
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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

Kristin Perkins

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 A. Killewald, and Bruce Western
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (2017-19)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University (beginning August 2019)

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

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

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
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 (Fall 2018); Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Social Development Studies, Yonsei University (Spring 2019)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology of Contemporary Korea, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (beginning Fall 2019)
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

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
Carly Knight

Carly Renee Knight

(Sociology, November 2018)
Thesis Title: Creatures of the State: Corporate Personification During the Rise of Big Business
Committee: Frank Dobbin (Chair), Jason Beckfield, Bart Bonikowski, and Greta Krippner
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, New York University

Katherine Morris

Katherine Ann Morris

(Sociology, May 2019)
Thesis Title: More than a Helping Hand: Personal Network Structure and Functional, Cognitive, and Emotional Health
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Lisa Berkman
Initial Placement: Research Scientist, Demography and Survey Science team, Facebook
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

Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2019)
Thesis Title: The Process of Building, Sustaining, and Using Cross-occupational Collaborations
Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Mario L. Small, and Katherine Stovel 
Current Position: Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer, Immuta, New York, NY

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: Postdoctoral position with Professor Matthias Koenig, Chair for Empirical Macrosociology, Max-Weber-Institute for Sociology at the University of Heidelberg (effective March 2021)
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 (effective fall 2021)

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
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.