Fifth Year

Joel Mittleman

I am a sociologist studying inequalities in the lives vulnerable youth, particularly children of color and sexual minorities.

My dissertation uses new population-based data sources to study the educational experiences and outcomes of sexual minority youth. The first study from the dissertation has been published in Educational Researcher.

Leah L. Gillion

Leah L. Gillion is a PhD candidate at Princeton University in the department of sociology and demography. Her research interests focus on race and ethnicity, social inequality, education, and public policy. Leah’s current project, "Untapped Potential” examines the role of race and gender on the achievement gap and the mechanisms at the institutional level that reproduce inequality and the potential lingering effects in adulthood. This project takes advantage of large longitudinal data sets and original survey data.

Andres Lajous

His main areas of interest are political sociology, microsociology and social networks. He is particularly interested in state-formation, state capacity, police behavior and violence in Latin America. Before coming to Princeton, Andrés worked as a journalist and editor in Mexico. He holds a Master’s in City Planning (MIT) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations. (CIDE, México City).

Martin Sybblis

Martin’s research examines commercial law in a comparative context. His dissertation focuses on the role of lawyers in the development of commercial law in the British Caribbean post-colonies of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Immediately prior to his doctoral studies, Martin served as a consultant to the World Bank; he also practiced law for over seven years, as an Assistant County Attorney (in-house counsel) for Miami-Dade County and an Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Upon graduating from law school, he served as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Marcia G.

David Barron Schwartz

David Schwartz is an organizational ethnographer who studies new organizational forms, workplace technology, and alternative work arrangements. His dissertation work explores collaborative relationships between firms and online communities. The motivating questions include: how firms foster long-term commitment from online communities and their members, how firms use software tools to manage innovative projects with collaborators beyond their walls, and how knowledge is transferred between internal teams and external contributors.

Emilce Santana

My name is Emilce Santana and I’m a 5th-year in Sociology and Demography. I’m broadly interested in immigrant integration, race/ethnicity, and social stratification. My dissertation uses interethnic/racial romantic relationships as a lens for exploring boundaries and interactions among different ethno-racial groups in the U.S.

Nicole Pangborn

Nicole has a BA in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and an MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She is interested in gender, social networks, microsociology, and race / ethnicity. Her dissertation combines these interests in an ethnography of an Italian-American community in the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island.

Amanda Cheong

Amanda Cheong (B.A. Hons., 2012, University of British Columbia) is a graduate student in the Joint Degree Program in Sociology and Social Policy. With a focus on undocumented, stateless, refugee, and other "irregular" populations, her research explores the stratifying effects of legal status. Amanda's dissertation examines how access to civil registration operates as a mode by which inequality is reproduced. She is supported by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.


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