Graduate Degrees Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

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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
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral ​Associate for the ​​​African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities ​​(AADHum)​ initiative, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland-College Park... Read more about Jovonne Juanita Bickerstaff
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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
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
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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

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

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
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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... Read more about Alvaro Agustín Santana Acuña

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
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

Yun Zhou

Yun Zhou

(Sociology, May 2017)
Thesis Title: Birds of a Feather: Patterns, Heuristics, and Constraints of Cross-Boundary Marriage Sorting
Committee: Mary C. Brinton (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Martin K. Whyte 
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies, Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chinese Studies, University of Michigan (beginning Fall 2019)

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

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 (2018-19)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan (beginning September 2019)
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)
Alicia DeSantola

Alicia DeSantola

(Organizational Behavior, May 2019)
Thesis Title: The Dynamics of New Venture Development: Scaling and Entrepreneurial Teams
Committee: Ranjay Gulati (Chair), Frank Dobbin, Rory McDonald, and Laura Huang
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business... Read more about Alicia DeSantola
Alexandra Feldberg

Alexandra Feldberg

(Organizational Behavior, May 2019)
Thesis Title: Butchers, Bakers, and Barcharts: Gender and Knowledge in a Grocery Chain
Committee: Kathleen L. McGinn (Chair), Michael L. Tushman, Frank Dobbin, and Peter V. Marsden
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School 

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 and Lecturer in Sociology, 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 
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