I am a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Princeton University. My
dissertation is an ethnographic study of the migrant workforce that enabled
the shale oil boom in western North Dakota. More generally, my interests
include culture, social interactions, economic life, morality, social theory,
and ethnographic methods. More information on my research and teaching is
available at carybeckwith.net.
Clark Bernier's research focuses on organizations coordinating work through means other than central hierarchies of authority. He develops dynamic, micro-foundational accounts of these forms of organizing and investigates whether moving away from official hierarchies of authority mitigates or exacerbates the role that informal status hierarchies play in reproducing social inequalities.
Rebecca is interested in health, law, and moral dimensions of public policy, investigated using experiments and administrative data. Current research focuses on how third-party actors shape organizations' rationing of resources--using the case of parents intervening in school districts to secure resources for their child with a disability--and demographic variation in perceptions of consent. At Princeton, she is affiliated with the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and Office of Population Research.
Jessamin Birdsall in the joint degree program in Sociology in Social Policy. After receiving her B.A. in Sociology from Harvard (2010), Jessamin spent several years working in the international development sector, based in Delhi and in London. Her current research focuses on religious pluralism, identity formation, and political mobilization in the United States and United Kingdom.
Gozde Guran studies the collective organization of economic exchange and patterns of decision-making in diverse market settings. Her research draws from the fields of economic sociology, migration, and political sociology, and integrates ethnographic, experimental, and statistical methods of inquiry. Her dissertation, "Brokering Order: Economic Lives in War and Exile," examines hawala ("transfer" in Arabic), an informal money transfer practice, in the context of Syria's civil war and refugee crisis.
Liora O’Donnell Goldensher's research on contemporary natural birth and homebirth in the United States explores how knowledge, expertise, and ideas of the human and of freedom are constructed in lay knowledge communities. At Princeton, she is jointly enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities and is affiliated with the programs in American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Prison Teaching Initiative, and the McGraw Center. Liora worked as a labor and faith-based community organizer in Massachusetts and California before coming to Princeton.
Leah graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Anthropology in 2011. Before coming to Princeton in 2014 she worked as a researcher in the museum field, most recently on the staff of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. In graduate school she works on the sociology of culture, economic sociology and organizational ethnography, with applications to cultural policy. Her specific interests include cultural organizations and philanthropy in the United States and Mexico.
Grace completed her PhD in sociology at Princeton on an accelerated track with the Dean's Completion Fellowship and is currently a postdoctoral scholar and a research affiliate of Princeton's Center on Contemporary China.