Public Policy


Christopher Andrew Bail

(Sociology, May 2011)
Thesis Title: Terrified: Fringe Movements, Emotions, and Islam, 2001-2008
Committee: Michèle Lamont (Chair), Orlando Patterson, Jocelyn Viterna, Mary C. Waters, and William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy, University of Michigan (2011-2013); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (2013-2015)
Current Position: Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Data Science, Duke University, Durham, NC... Read more about Christopher Andrew Bail


Deirdre Bloome

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2014)
Thesis Title: Essays on Economic Mobility and Inequality in the United States
Committee: Bruce Western (Chair), Christopher Jencks, William Julius Wilson, and Jason Beckfield
Initial Placement: Assistant professor of Sociology/faculty associate at the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
Current Position: Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
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Sarah Caitlin Halpern-Meekin

(Sociology & Social Policy, June 2009)
Thesis Title: A Relationship Legacy: The Intergenerational Transmission of Marriage and Divorce
Committee: Kathryn Edin (chair), William Julius Wilson, and Martin K. Whyte
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Family & Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University (2009-2010); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College (2010-2011); Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011-2013)
Current Position: Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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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


Luisa L. Heredia

(Sociology, June 2008)
Thesis Title: Faith in Action: The Catholic Church and the Immigrant Rights Movement, 1980-2007
Committee: Mary C. Waters (chair), William Julius Wilson, and Jennifer Hochschild
Initial Placement: Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California Riverside; Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Latino Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Current Position: The Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

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Xiaojiang Hu

(Sociology, June 2004)
Thesis Title: The Little Shops of Lhasa: Migrant Businesses and the Formation of Markets in a Transitional Economy
Committee: Martin K. Whyte (Chair), Mary C. Waters, Ezra F. Vogel, Libby Schweber
Initial Placement: Postdoctoral fellowship, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California-Berkeley
Current Position: Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University
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Maria Guadalupe Rendon

(Sociology & Social Policy, June 2009)
Thesis Title: Second Generation Optimism and the Reproduction of a Working Class: The Case of Mexican-Americans in High Poverty Neighborhoods
Committee: Mary C. Waters (chair), Robert J. Sampson, William Julius Wilson, and Xavier de Souza-Briggs
Initial Placement: Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California-Berkeley
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design and Sociology, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine


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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Jennifer Sykes

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2011)
Thesis Title: Paychecks and Parenting: Taxes, Symbolic Spending, and Child Expenditures Among Low-Income Working Parents
Committee: Christopher Jencks (Chair), Kathryn Edin, and Christopher Winship
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Current PositionAssistant Professor, Social Relations and Policy, James Madison College at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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Laura Tach

(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2010)
Thesis Title: Beyond Concentrated Poverty: The Social and Temporal Dynamics of Mixed-Income Neighborhoods
Committee: Christopher Jencks (chair), Kathryn Edin, and Robert J. Sampson
Initial Placement: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the University of Pennsylvania
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University... Read more about Laura Tach


Daniyal Mohammad Zuberi

(Sociology & Social Policy, June 2004)
Thesis Title: Differences Matter: The Impact of Social Policy on the Working Poor in Canada and the U.S.
Committee: Katherine Newman (chair), Mary C. Waters, William Julius Wilson, and Jeffrey Reitz
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Current Position: Professor of Social Policy, Joint Appointment, School of Public Policy & Governance, RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research, University of Toronto
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