Career Trajectories by PhD year

Our PhD students pursue many types of careers post-graduation, including academic professorships, university administration positions, and positions as research and data scientists in industry, non-profits, & government. Here, we provide information about the career trajectories for each of our PhD alums since 2005.


2022


Esma Alothman
Dissertation: Encounters With Uncertainty: How Secondary Education Policies Shape Parental Involvement in Schooling in Contemporary Turkey
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Pedro Arroyo
Dissertation: Devolution, Departure, and Discourse: A Computational Analysis of Political Manifestos in Great Britain, 1999-2019
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Masters of Arts in Computational Social Science program, University of Chicago

Anjanette Chan-Tack
Dissertation: Indo-Caribbeans in New York City: Negotiating Identity at the Black/Asian Boundary
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Pranathi Diwakar
Dissertation: Resounding Caste: Practices of Distinction, Urban Segregation, and Musical Politics in Chennai, India
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Karlyn Gorski
Dissertation: On Edge: Adolescent Learning on the Periphery of School
Assistant Instructional Professor in Public Policy, University of Chicago

Shilin Jia
Dissertation: Three Essays on Elite and Popular Politics and Culture
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Masters of Arts in Computational Social Science program, University of Chicago

Austin Kozlowski
Dissertation: The Structure and Organization of American Political Belief Systems
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Alessandra Lembo
Dissertation: Not Just Any Body: Corporeally Mediated Experience, Meaning, and Perception
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Moira O'Shea
Dissertation: Midst Horse Games and Monuments: Nation-Making, Material Culture, and Belonging in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Virginia Rangos
Dissertation: Injury to the Brain, Assault on the Self: Identity Re-construction in the Aftermath of Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Benjamin Rohr
Dissertation: Portraits of a Political World: The Structure of the First Party System in New York, 1777-1822
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Mannheim

Yaniv Ron-El
Dissertation: Mobilizing Consumers: The American Consumer Movement of the 1960s-70s as a Social Movement
Postdoctoral Position, Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University

Stephanie Ternullo
Dissertation: Becoming Partisans: How Place Makes Politics in the American Heartland
Assistant Professor of Government in American Politics, Harvard University


2021


Michael Bare
Dissertation: From Disembodied Action to Behavioral Organism: Parsons’ Omission and Later Recovery of the Body as a Case of Imprinting in an Environment of Biological Determinism and Reduction
Director of Research for Marketing and Public Relations, Buzzr

Kyla Bourne
Dissertation: Incarceration and Reform in Cook County, Illinois
Earl S. Johnson Instructional Professor, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Data Science, University of California-Berkeley

Li Dong
Dissertation: Imitative Professionalization: Law and Medicine in Early Twentieth-Century China
Shanghai CEIBS Business Review

Rebecca Ewert
Dissertation: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: The Social Inequalities of Disaster Recovery
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

Peter Fugiel
Dissertation: Risk Governance and Precarity in the Scheduling Process: Three Studies of the U.S. Labor Market and Retail Sector
Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elyzabeth Gaumer
Dissertation: Residential Context and Well-Being: An Experimental Study of Affordable Housing in New York City
Director of Research & Evaluation, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Jerry Kaufman
Dissertation: The Health Consequences of Black Subordination and White Domination: A Located Approach to Studying the Health of U.S. Older Adults Born 1938-1948
Research and Evaluation Manager, Lawndale Christian Legal Center for Restorative Justice

Wan-Zi Lu
Dissertation: Body Politics: Morals, Markets and the Mobilization of Organ Donation for Transplantation
Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Cristina Sakamoto
Dissertation: Hexagons, Scenes, Art and Jobs: The New Urban Geography of Cultural Enterprises and Employment Opportunity
Senior GIS Data Strategis, Chicago Public Schools

Leo Jonathan Schoots
Dissertation: Novelty, Networks, and the Rise of African Nationalism: African Intermediary Intelligentsia and the Making of Political Innovation in Colonial South Africa, 1860-1890
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch University

Winnie Tong
Dissertation: Multidimensional Health: Applications Across Cultures, Cohorts, and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Associate, McKinsey & Company

Wen Xie
Dissertation: The Making of the Chinese Rust Belt: Generation and Social Change in Northeast China, 1950s-2010s
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Peking University


2020


Sneha Annavarapu
Dissertation: Moving Targets: Traffic Rules, Police Authority, and Road Safety
Social Science Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Yale-NUS

Alexandra Brewer
Dissertation: The Deserving Pain: How Clinicians Arbitrate Credibility and Merit in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University

Jerel Ezell
Dissertation: The Theater of Crisis Management: Planning, Power and Penalty During the Flint Water Crisis
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Cornell University

Nathaniel Gonzalez
Dissertation: Living with Violence: The Causes and Consequences of Recurrent Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Myanmar
Social Science Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Roli Gostelow
Dissertation: Cross-Country Variation in the Stigmatization of People with Schizophrenia
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Lara Janson
Dissertation: Neutralizing Title IX: Hyperlegal Consciousness on College Campuses in the Age of #MeToo
Social Science Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Grinnell College

Nick Judd
Dissertation: Political Fractions and Campaign Contributors: Intraparty Conflict and Campaign Finance in American Democracy
Social Science Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Data scientist

Mishal Khan
Dissertation: Empire, Law, and Order Making after the Abolition of Slavery: Three Laboring Figures in India
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rapoport Center for Human Rights, University of Texas at Austin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, U.S. Fairwork Team, UC-Hastings College of Law/Oxford

Naeyun Lee
Dissertation: Who Belongs to the Nation?
Visiting Researcher, Northeast Asia Center, Seoul National University

Linzhuo Li
Dissertation: The Tail Wagging the Dog: Uncertainty and Organization in the Fashion Production Market
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Zhejiang University

Josh Mausolf
Dissertation: Enter the Partisan Firm: How Affective Polarization Shapes Corporation and Career
UX Researcher, Meta

Jane McCamant
Dissertation: Moral Education in Chicago Catholic Schools and Moral Authority in the Roman Catholic Church, 1945-1975
Social Science Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Sarah Outland
Dissertation: The Connected Classroom: Juggling Technology, Distractions, and Expectations in High School
Lead Design Researcher, GET (Gender Equality in Tech) Cities

George Rilinger
Dissertation: Toward a Sociology of Economic Engineering: The Creation and Collapse of California's Electricity Markets between 1993 and 2001
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Assistant Professor, Department of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Jessica Villaseñor
Dissertation: "Quiero Vivir en Mi Fantasia:" The Social World of Youth in Street Situations in Mexico City
Researcher, Amnesty International Mexico


2019


Hanisah Binte Abdullah Sani
Dissertation: Elite Politics, Jurisdictional Conflicts, and the Legacy of Colonial State Building in Malaysia
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan 
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Maoz Brown
Dissertation: Institutional Change in the American Human Services Sector: Professional and Organizational Dynamics
Head of Research, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Caterina Fugazzola
Dissertation: What’s in a Name? Language, Culture, and Tongzhi Strategies for Social Change
Earl Johnson Postdoctoral Instructor, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Senior Instructional Professor in Global Studies, University of Chicago

Danya Lagos (alumni spotlight)
Dissertation: Embodiment, Identity, and Gender Regimes in the United States: Findings From Population Surveys
NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley

Jim Murphy
Dissertation: Essays on the Social Organization of Adolescent Peer Groups
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

Melissa Osborne
Dissertation: How First Generation College Students Navigate Social Mobility
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Western Washington University

Jeffrey Parker
Dissertation: That Kind of Neighborhood: Creating, Contesting, and Commodifying Place Reputation
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of New Orleans

Jason Radford
Dissertation: Excellence for All: Pursuing Effectiveness in a High-Performing, No-Excuses Charter School
Principal Research Scientist, Network Science Institute, Northeastern University

Alicia Riley
Dissertation: The Social Production of Health Inequalities Across Local Contexts
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global & Community Health, University of California-Santa Cruz

Yinxian Zhang
Dissertation: Online Opinion and the Nature of the Public Sphere in China
China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, CUNY Queen's College


2018


Pedro Aceves
Dissertation: Linguistic Relativity, Collective Cognition, and Team Performance
Assistant Professor of Management, Bocconi University

Maryam Alemzadeh 
Dissertation: Institutionalizing a Revolutionary Army: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, 1979-82
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahamani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Princeton University   
Postdoctoral Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Associate Professor of the History and Politics of Iran, School of Global and Area Studies/St. Antony’s College, Oxford

Chad Borkenhagen
Dissertation: Scientific Knowledge and Social Structure in the Culinary Arts and Mathematical Finance
Postdoctoral Fellowship, INCITE Lab, Columbia University 
Research Scientist, Meta

Jessica Feldman
Dissertation: A Reconsideration of the Justifying Values of Public Parkland
Research Analyst, Mellon Foundation

Whitney Johnson
Dissertation: Learning to Listen: Knowledge of Value in Auditory Culture
Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Rick Moore
Dissertation: Atheists and Evangelicals: Creating the Category of Religion in American Life
Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and the Center for Teaching and Learning, Cornell University
Assistant Director for Assessment and Evaluation, Center for Teaching and Learning, Washington University-St. Louis

Brian Tuohy 
Dissertation: Mexican Chicago: Modes of Incorporation in a Mexican-American Network
Postdoctoral Fellow, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California-Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Disparities Research Scholars Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor, Center for Urban Bioethics, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Jaclyn Wong
Dissertation: Negotiating Competing Desires: How Young Professionals Make Career and Family Decision
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina 


2017


Michael Castelle
Dissertation: The Transaction and the Exchange: From Database to Marketplace, 1970-2000
Assistant Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

David Ferguson
Dissertation: The Sociological Construction of Race in the Jim Crow South, 1920-1945: Three Episodes in the Early History of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina
Associate, Isaacson, Miller

Cayce Hughes (alumni spotlight)
Dissertation: Negotiating Privacy in the Context of Poverty: Poor Mothers and the Social Safety Net
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Rice University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado College

Adilia James
Dissertation: Is Professional Knowledge Gendered?: Clients' Role in the Gender Pay Gap Problem
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Endicott College

Cheng-Pang Lee
Dissertation: Socializing Hospitals: Welfare, Medicine and the Rise of Tzu-Chi, 1966-1990
Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Haena Lee
Dissertation: Environmental Disorder, Psychosocial Distress, and Childhood Disadvantage: Sources of Health Risks in Later Life
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychosocial and Cognitive Aging Project, Survey Research Center, Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan
NIA K99 Postdoctoral Scholar, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sungkyunkwan University

Le Lin
Dissertation: The Emergence and Transformation of China’s Education and Training Industry, 1980-2010
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Peter McMahan
Dissertation: Unreciprocated Relationships and the Structure of Status
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science Info Lab, Graduate School of Education, and Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University

B. Robert Owens
Dissertation: Judicial Interpretive Disputes and the Adjudication of Asylum Claims in U.S. Federal Courts
Senior Associate, Civic Consulting Alliance
Chief Performance Analyst for Public Safety, Chicago Office of the Inspector General

Kimberly Raue
Dissertation: Do Professional Learning Communities Matter for Student Academic Performance? An Analysis of Data from the ECLS-K
Senior Study Director at WeStat
Senior Researcher, Mathematica


2016


Nidia Bañuelos
Dissertation: The 1970s in a History of American For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Education, University of California-Davis
Assistant Professor of Adult, Continuing and Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Piper Sledge
Dissertation: Embodying Gender through Cancer: Medical Interactions and the Production of Appropriately Gendered Godies
Associate Professor of Sociology, Bryn Mawr College

Christopher Graziul
Dissertation: Venues: Locating Social Context
Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Development, University of Chicago

Wendy Greyeyes
Dissertation: Holding Sovereignty Accountable: The Constraints of Tribal Education Organizational Design
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico-Albequerque

Sanja Jagesic
Dissertation: Effects of Academic Match on Student Outcomes in College
Principal Applied Scientist, Amazon Web Services

Marshall Jean
Dissertation: Can You "Work Your Way Up?" - Ability Grouping and the Development of Academic Engagement
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Education Sciences and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Assistant Instructional Professor of Sociology, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Daniel Kimmel
Dissertation: The Process of School Violence
Assistant Professor, Yeshiva University
UX Researcher, Meta

Muh-Chung Lin
Dissertation: Three Essays on Remarriage
Earl S. Johnson Instructor, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Marcelle Medford
Dissertation: The Culture of Distance: Rethinking Black Ethnic Relations
C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Connecticut College
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bates College

Benjamin Merriman
Dissertation: Conservative Innovators: The Use of Novel Legal and Administrative Practices in State Officeholders' Challenge to Federal Power
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Lauren Pilgrim
Dissertation: Repasts: A Life Course Approach to Hunger in Later Life

Maude Pugliese
Dissertation: Explaining the causes and consequences of socio-economic disparities in portfolio composition in the United States between 1918 and 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and the Center on Population Dynamics, McGill University
Assistant Professor, Université du Québec - Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

Christopher Sukhu
Dissertation: Determinants of Well-Being across Socio-Demographic Groups
Director of Government Markets Stars & Risk Adjustment Analytics, Independence Blue Cross

Eva Swyngedouw
Dissertation: Intersecting Governmentalities: Turning Newcomers into Citizens in the Divided City of Brussels
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research

Nora Taplin 
Dissertation: Metropolitan Racial Segregation and the Residential Relocation Process for Middle Income African Americans
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Earlham College
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bryn Mawr College

Misha Teplitskiy
Dissertation: Judgments of Scientific Quality and Their Effects on Published Knowledge
Postdoctoral Fellow, Crowd Innovation Lab, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard 
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan

Alicia VandeVusse
Dissertation: Assisted Reproduction in Germany and the United States: Regulating the Family and Negotiating Conceptions
Research Specialist, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), University of Chicago
Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

Tal Yifat
Dissertation: Social Movement Governance of a Mass Market Value Chain
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ivey Business School, Western Ontario University
Director of Data Science, MetLife

Yang Zhang
Dissertation: Insurgent Dynamics: The Coming of the Chinese Rebellions, 1850-1873
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University


2015


Maria (Mary) Akchurin
Dissertation: The Politics of Water: Privatizing Water and Sanitation Utilities in Buenos Aires and Santiago
Postdoctoral Fellow, Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago

James Iveniuk
Dissertation: Social Relationships, Positivity, and Personality in Older Adulthood
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Jean Yen-Chun Lin
Dissertation: The Dynamics of Grassroots Environmental Protests in China: State-Protest Leader Interactions and Movement Trajectories
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University-East Bay

Louisa McClintock
Dissertation: Projects of Punishment in Post-War Poland: War Criminals, Collaborators, Traitors, and the (Re)Construction of the Nation
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Research Analyst

Abigail Ocobock
Dissertation: The Institutionalization of Same-Sex Marriage: How Access to Legal Marriage Impacts LGBQ People's Relationships
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame 
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Samuel Perry
Dissertation: Children of Glory: Orphan Care and the Cultural Limits of Evangelical Activism
Associate Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma

Stephen Rosenberg
Dissertation: Buying Time: A Theory of Mass Consumption as Wage Labor Commensuration
Visiting Tutor, St. John’s College in Santa Fe

David Schalliol
Dissertation: How Social Processes Organize Neighborhood Problems and Solutions
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Olaf College

Thomas Swerts
Dissertation: Non-Citizen Citizenship: A Comparative Ethnography of Undocumented Activism in Chicago and Brussels
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO), University of Leuven
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Eramus University Rotterdam

Geng Tian
Dissertation: Empire Building and the Formation of the Rebellious Peripheries: The Making of Civilian Governments and the Muslim Rebellions in Northwestern China, 1720s-1860s
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Peking University

Gawin Tsai
Dissertation: Jurisdictional and Professional Boundaries: The Growth and Maintenance of a Parallel Profession
Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)
Small business owner


2014


Jennifer Berktold
Dissertation: Supplying the Great White Way: Broadway Producers, Temporary Organizations, and the Hazards of the Market
Principal Research Scientist, Public Health Department, NORC at the University of Chicago

Jan Doering
Dissertation: All in This Together? Crime, Race, and Community in Multicultural Neighborhoods
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University

Laura Doering
Dissertation: Social Determinants of Economic Growth in Emerging Markets: Microenterprise and Microfinance in Central America
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations, McGill University
Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Gordon Douglas
Dissertation: Do-it-Yourself Urban Design: Informal Improvement, Formal Knowledge, and the Rebirth of the Crowd-Planned City
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rebuild by Design Research Fellowship, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, San José State University

Monica Lee
Dissertation: Structural and Cultural Processes in the Development of the Frankfurt School
Data Scientist, Meta

Sarah Makela
Dissertation: The Challenges of Parent Involvement in a Diverse Parent Organization Landscape
FOIA and OMA Officer, Amundsen High School

Danielle Raudenbush
Dissertation: Social Networks and Informal Health Care Strategies of the Urban Poor
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California-San Diego

Jaesok Son
Dissertation: The Business Class Formation in Philadelphia and Chicago, 1865-1914
Senior Research Analyst, NORC at the University of Chicago

Jolyon Ticer-Wurr
Dissertation: Routines, Race, and Social Control: Coordinating Action and Constructing Identities as a Neighborhood Majority Transitions from White-Ethnic to Mexican American
Assistant, AAK & Associates

Kathleen Yang-Clayton
Dissertation: Controlling Interests: Institutions and Ideas in Labor Community Coalitions
Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Public Policy, University of Illinois-Chicago


2013


Paola Castaño Rodriguez
Dissertation:"The Time of the Victims”: Understandings of Violence and Institutional Practices in the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation in Colombia
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Insititution
Research Fellow, University of Exeter 

Christina Coughlin
Dissertation: Students in Faith-Based Schools: An Alternative Path to the Future or Opting out of Modernity?
Assistant Commissioner, New York State Education Department

Norell Giancana
Dissertation: Like Nobody’s Watching: Hip Hop Feminisms and the Public Sphere: The Story of Honey Magazine
Multi-Media Artist

Melissa Howe
Dissertation: Acculturation to What? Unveiling ‘Fragmented Acculturation’ and ‘Subjective Mainstream’ in a Muslim American Community
Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Seungjin Kim
Dissertation: Explaining Global Unevenness of Environmental Degradation: Monopoly Economies and Spatial Injustice
Lecturer, Seoul National University

Greg Liegel
Dissertation: Bridges and Buffers: Legal Intermediation in the Contested Field of High-Skilled Labor Migration
Vice President of Product, Envoy Global

Sheldon Lyke
Dissertation: Cosmopolitan Courts and Strange Laws: Essays on Judicial Globalization and the Social Resistance to Foreign
Assistant Professor, Whittier Law School
Associate Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

Jae-Mahn Shim
Dissertation: Plural Medical Systems: The Institutionalization of Diversity and Its Social Consequences
Associate Professor of Sociology, City University of Seoul, Korea

Michaela Soyer
Dissertation: The Struggle to Change: Life Course Alteration and Environmental Opportunities for Juvenile Offenders
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Hunter College

Liping Wang
Dissertation: Ethnicizing the Frontier: Imperial Transformation and Ethnic Confrontations in China-Inner Mongolia, 1890s-1930s
Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford University
Harper Schmidt Fellow, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
Assistant Professor, Graduation School of Education, Beijing University


2012


Julia Burdick-Will
Dissertation: Violent Crime and Achievement in Chicago: Neighborhoods, Peers, and Schools
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Jen-Hao Chen
Dissertation: Early Childhood Health and Inequalities in Children's Academic and Behavioral Outcomes
Assistant Professor of Health Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
Associate Professor, Taiwan National University

Jennifer Hanis-Martin
Dissertation: Women and Children First – in that Order: Making Sense of the Athletic Pursuits of Middle Class Mothers
Senior Research Director, NORC at the University of Chicago

Daniel Huebner
Dissertation: The Making of George Herbert Mead: A Study in the Production of Knowledge in Modern Academia
Visiting Assistant Professor, American University
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Michael Kozlowski
Dissertation: Assessing the Demographics of Homosexual Tolerance
Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Daniel Menchik
Dissertation: The Practices of Medicine: Knowledge Application and Authority Acquisition in Medical Work
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Rafael Santana
Dissertation: The Life and Death of Hometown Associations
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

SaunJuhi Verma
Dissertation: Black Gold, Brown Labor: The Legalization of Indentured Work through the Transnational Migration Industry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
Assistant Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
Inqlab Consultancy and Affiliated Faculty in Sociology, Texas Tech University


2011


Len Albright
Dissertation: Community Social Organization and the Integration of Affordable Housing Residents in a Suburban New Jersey Community
Research Analyst, Princeton University
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University 
Senior UX Researcher, Google

Kimberly Nicole Austin
Dissertation: Reform Meets Praxis: An Analysis of School Reform Programs
Assistant Professor, Relay School of Graduate Education 

Stefan Bargheer
Dissertation: Moral Entanglements: The Emergence and Transformation of Bird Conservation in Great Britain and Germany, 1790-2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Assistant Professor, University of California-Los Angeles
Assistant Professor, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Erica Heather Coslor
Dissertation: Wall Streeting Art: The Construction of Artwork as an Alternative Investment and the Strange Rules of the Art Market
Senior Lecturer in Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia

Juyeon Kim
Dissertation: Social Contexts and Health in Late Life: Living Arrangements, Social Networks, Resources, and Health
Postdoctoral Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Besheer Mohamed
Dissertation: The Implications of Religious Identity for American Muslims
Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Rami Nashashibi
Dissertation: Islam in the 'Hood: Exploring the Rise of Ghetto Cosmopolitanism
Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
2017 Awardee of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award

Xiaoli Tian
Dissertation: Relocating Science: Medical Missions and Western Medicine in 19th-Century China
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Hong Kong

Zhiyuan Yu
Dissertation: The Rise and Growth of AIDS NGOs in China
China Project Manager, Dorenfest Health Group
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Fudan University


2010


Jennifer Jean Buntin
Dissertation: 'A Community of the Nations': Institutional Responses to Mexican Migration at the Urban Edge
Postdoctoral Fellow, Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Lewis University

Chi-Chen Chiang
Dissertation: Global Assemblage of Citizenship Rights in the United States
Associate Professor of Sociology, Southeast University
Analyst, Bon Intelligence

Sylvie Honig
Dissertation: Untangling the Apron Strings: Making Sense of the Delayed Transition to Adulthood
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr College
Term Lecturer, Athena Center for Leadership, Barnard College

Zach Kertcher
Dissertation: Institutional Expansion: The Case of Grid Computing
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Clinical Assistant Professor, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Helen Lee
Dissertation: The Women’s Movement and the Gendering of Taiwanese Democracy, 1949-1999

Linda Cloud Lee
Dissertation: The Organizational Configurations of Schools
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education, Northwestern University
Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Texas-Austin

Masha Medvedeva
Dissertation: Essays on Linguistic Adaptation of Adolescent Children of Immigrants in the United States 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University 
Assistant Dean, Rockefeller College, Princeton University

Kosuke Nikaido
Dissertation: Making the Personality Matter: Leadership and the Second Wave Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan

Carmen Ochoa
Dissertation: Crisis in Foxlandia: Neoliberal Restructuring and the Work Lives of Mexican Professionals during the Fox Administration
Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Bucknell University
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Fellow in the Office of the Provost, Bucknell University

Josh Pacewicz
Dissertation: Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Industrial Economy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Brown University

Edward (Ned) Smith
Dissertation: Amplified Interfaces: Essays on Organizational Identity and the Sociology of Hedge Funds
Associate Professor or Markets and Organizations, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of Management, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University
In memoriam

Yanfei Sun
Dissertation: Religions in Sociopolitical Context: The Reconfiguration of Religious Ecology in Post-Mao China
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Society of Fellows
Associate Professor of Sociology, Zhejiang University

Lili Wu
Dissertation: The Dilemmas of Charismatic Authority: Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Scholar in Residence in the Department of International Service, American University


2009


Eric Christopher Hedberg
Dissertation: Kin Network Size, Structure, and Social Support
Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Senior Researcher, Abt Associates

Wonjae Lee
Dissertation: Structured Closure and Performance in Networks of Competition: ATP Professional Tennis Players, 1997-2006
Professor, KAIST Social Computing Lab

James Lindgren
Dissertation: Studies in Historical, Legal, and Political Sociology
Professor of Law (Emeritus), Northwestern Law School

Sida Liu
Dissertation: The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Genevieve Bao Truc Pham-Kanter
Dissertation: Essays on the Sociology and Economics of Health Inequalities
Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Population Research (OPR), Princeton University
Edmond J. Safra Fellow, Harvard University
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Denver
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Penn School for Precision Medicine

Danielle M. Wallace
Dissertation: An Investigation of Individual Perceptions, Neighborhoods, and Disorder
Associate Professor of Criminology, Arizona State University 

Liza Jenifer Weinstein
Dissertation: Redeveloping Dharavi: Toward a Political Economy of Slums and Slum Redevelopment in Globalizing Mumbai
Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University; Senior Research Associate, Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Hongxing Yang
Dissertation: Diversities in Unity: Engine of China’s Economic Development
Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics/Institute of Advanced Research
Associate Professor of Sociology, East China University of Science and Technology

Harumasa Yoshimura
Dissertation: The Formation of Social Work Professions in Japan
Associate Professor, Aomori University, Japan
Professor of Sociology, Nara University

Xing Zhong
Dissertation: The Social Structure of Technological Innovation: A Multiple Network Approach
Product Manager, New Business Development, American Express


2008


Anne Louise Bartlett
Dissertation: Insurgent Politics: London, the Darfur Crisis, and the New Landscape of Transnational Political Landscape
Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of New South Wales-Sydney

Jaehoon Choi
Dissertation: Social Movements for Foreign Workers in South Korea: A Perspective on the State for Transnational Social Movements

Aniruddha Das
Dissertation: Sexuality and Health Across the Life Course
Postdoctoral Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago
Associate Professor, McGill University 

Nicholas Peter Dempsey
Dissertation: The Coordination of Action: Non-verbal Communication in Jazz Jam Sessions
Associate Professor, Eckard College

John Major Eason
Dissertation: Big House on the Prairie: Investigating the Growth and Impact of Rural Prison Siting
Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, 
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Mariana Gatzeva
Dissertation: Social Capital and Group Homogeneity: Joint Liability Lending in Thailand
Professor of Sociology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Yanni Hao
Dissertation: Modeling Aging Processes: Social Activities, Partner Influences, and Individual Well-Being
Researcher, NORC at the University of Chicago
Management Consulting, Stax, Inc.
Executive Director of Global RWE & Data Science, Novartis

Rachel Marie Harvey
Dissertation: Duty to Firm and Market: The Subnational and Sociocultural Constitution of the London Gold Fixing, a Global Financial Market
Postdoctoral Fellow, Committee on Global Thought,  Columbia University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Global Legal Transformation, Columbia University
Adjunct Associate Research, School for International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Seokho Kim
Dissertation: Voluntary Associations, Social Inequality, and Participatory Democracy from a Comparative Perspective
Professor of Sociology, Seoul National University

Zohar Lechtman
Dissertation: Gendering Chicago Politics: Institutionalization of Women in Positions of Power
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Haifa
Faculty, Western Galilee College
Independent Management Consultant

Fen Lin
Dissertation: Turning Gray: Transition of Political Communication in China 1978-2008
Associate Professor of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong

Sanyu Amimo Mojola
Dissertation: Dangerous Transitions: Exploring the Gendered Disparity in HIV Rates among African Youth
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Michal Pagis
Dissertation: Cultivating Selves: Vipassana Meditation and the Microsociology of Experience
Postdoctoral Fellow, Tel-Aviv University
Associate Professor, Bar-Illan University

Marc Maurice Sanford
Dissertation: Consumption and the Urban Milieu: Using Consumption as a Measure of Similarity for Defining Urban Neighborhoods
aQuantive, Inc. Digital Marketing
Director, Custom Insight Group, Razorfish Marketing Agency
Global Chief Data Science Officer, GTB

Erin Sue York Cornwell
Dissertation: Household Disorder
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Cornell University
Associate Professor, Cornell University

Xiaotian Zhang
Dissertation: Rethinking the Social Consequences of Occupational Mobility and Status Discrepancy: New Approaches and Data
In Memoriam


2007


Kim Marie Babon
Dissertation: Location, Location, Location: Reception, Context, and Controversy over Sculpture in Urban Spaces
Assistant Professor, Elon University
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University

Benjamin Thomas Cornwell
Dissertation: Physical Function and Social Action: Implications for Social Connectedness
Postdoctoral Fellow, NIA at NORC, University of Chicago
Professor of Sociology, Cornell University

Phaedra Daipha
Dissertation: Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and the Quest for Ground Truth
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Behavioral Science Manager, Allstate

Thomas Gannon
Dissertation: Tangled Webs in Which They Weave: Social Contexts and Adolescent Mental Health

Kavita D. Kapadia Matsko
Dissertation: The Social Organization of Urban Schools, New Teacher Retention, and the Effects of Induction
Program Director, Urban Teacher Education Program, Center for Urban School Improvement, University of Chicago
Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Gracia Liu-Farrer
Dissertation: Educationally Channeled International Labor Migration: Post-1978 Student Mobility from China to Japan
Postdoctoral Fellow, Tohoku University, Japan
Professor, Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Japan

Dali Ma
Dissertation: One Academy, Two Systems: Conflict between Science and Market in the Creation of Chinese Academic Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Management, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

Heather Frances MacIndoe
Dissertation: Public Goods and Public Claims: Foundation Philanthropy in Chicago 1990-2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, Taubman Center for Public Policy, Brown University; Research appointment, Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick
Dissertation: Organizational Inequalities: The Social Production of Parent Surveillance Pressures in Urban Schools
Postdoctoral Fellow, Committee on Education, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor, Cornell University Medical School
Assistant Professor, AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University

Elena Obukhova
Dissertation: The Rise of China's Silicon Valley: High-Skilled Migrants and Technological Development
Assistant Professor, Global Economics and Management Group, MIT Sloan School of Management; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Associate Professor in Strategy and Organization, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Andrew Vasilios Papachristos
Dissertation: Murder by Structure: A Network Theory of Gang Homicide
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Harvard University
Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University

Xuefei Ren
Dissertation: Building Globalization: Transnational Architectural Production in Urban China
Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Rachel Anne Rinaldo
Dissertation: Mobilizing Piety: Women, Islam, and the Public Sphere in Indonesia
Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder

Robert James Wyrod
Dissertation: Bwaise Town: Masculinity in Urban Uganda in the Age of AIDS
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California-San Francisco
Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and the International Affairs Program, University of Colorado-Boulder


2006


Fengbin Chang
Dissertation: Gender Differences in Becoming Self-Employed in Taiwan and Korea
Associate Professor, Cheng-chi University, Taiwan

Sukari Kimar Ivester
Dissertation: A Tale of Two Communities: The Relationship between Community Development, Community Health, and Social Capital
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Berkeley
Professor of Practice, Tulane University

Jeong-han Kang
Dissertation: Status Inconsistency and Strategic Behavior in Economic Markets
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Study of Economy/Society, Cornell University
Professor, Yonsei University

David Scott Kirk
Dissertation: Unraveling the Neighborhood and School Effects on Youth Behavior
Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of Maryland
Assistant Professor, University of Texas
Professor of Sociology and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University

Douglas Lee Lauen
Dissertation: Opportunity for All? The Hidden Causes and Consequences of School Choice in Chicago, 1960-2004
Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Andrea Margaret Leverentz
Dissertation: People, Places, and Things: The Social Process of Reentry for Female Ex-Offenders
Assistant Professor and Forensic Services Certificate Program Director, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts

Sylvia Martinez
Dissertation: Explaining Patterns of Disengagement of Mexican American Adolescents in High School
Associate Professor, School of Education, Indiana University

Mayumi Nakamura
Dissertation: Feminine Capital: Educational and Occupational Investment for Gender Specific Status Attainment and Its Consequences
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of Excellence on Gender and Society, Ochanomizu University, Japan
Professor of Economics, University of Toyama, Japan

Shira Offer
Dissertation: Dynamics of Relational Quality and Social Isolation among Low-Income Families in the Post-Welfare Reform Era
Professor, Bar Ilan University

Dejun Su
Dissertation: Old-Age Mortality in a Life Course Perspective: Union Army Veterans 1805-1946
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Pan American
Associate Professor, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Matthew Neil Weinshenker
Dissertation: A Matter of Timing: Delayed Fatherhood in the United States
Associate Professor, Fordham University


2005


Wan-Chi Chen
Dissertation: Does Social Origin Weigh More When a Society Gets Richer? Over-Time Analysis of Social Origin's Influence on Educational Attainment in Postwar Taiwan
Professor of Sociology, Taipei University

Kelly A. Daley
Dissertation: The Social Origins of Female Sexual Interest: Sexual Scripts Across the Life Course
Co-Director, University of Chicago Survey Lab
Senior Analyst, Abt SRBI 
Associate Director for Large Survey Development, WeStat Insight

Allison Paige Deschamps
Dissertation: Married Dads and Unmarried Fathers: How Do Men Parent, and Can They Affect Their Children?
Postdoctoral Fellow, Executive Branch Fellowship, Society for Research in Child Development
Senior Fellow,WeStat Insight

Julia Gwynne
Dissertation: Post-Secondary Plans of Chicago Youth: The Roles of Schools and Neighborhoods
Senior Research Analyst, Consortium on Chicago School Research, University of Chicago

Derek Scott Hyra
Dissertation: Race, Politics and Neighborhood Revitalization: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Public Policy, Brown University
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University

Lei Jin
Dissertation: Physician Professionalism and the Rationalization of Clinical Practice
Postdoctoral Fellow, RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Harvard University
Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Jennifer Lynn Johnson
Dissertation: Citizenship under Construction: Resources, Discourses and Political Mobilization in Contemporary Rural Mexico
Professor, Kenyon College

Mary Ellen Konieczny
Dissertation: The Spirit’s Tether: Orthodoxy, Liberalism and Family among American Catholics
Assistant Professor, Concordia University
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
In memoriam

Zong-Rong Lee
Dissertation: The Tertius State: Corporate Control under State Power and Intercorporate Affiliations
Taiwan Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica

Robert A. Petrin
Dissertation: The Structure of School Production
Postdoctoral Fellow, Methodology Center and Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
Research Scientist, Center for Educational and Developmental Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
Senior Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs