First Year

Gavin G. Cook

Gavin G. Cook is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology affiliated with the Office of Population Research and the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. His research interests include biosociology, text analysis, cultural sociology with an emphasis on discipline and organization, and the Pacific Rim with an emphasis on contemporary China. Gavin graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a BA in East Asian Studies.

Henry Gomory

Henry received a BA in sociology from Harvard College with a minor in statistics. He is interested in poverty, social mobility, and housing insecurity. His past research used administrative datasets to look at the consequences of rising rent prices in Boston, and his current research examines the connection between substandard housing conditions and eviction. He is part of the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and affiliated with the Office of Population Research.

Gillian Slee

Gillian Slee is a first-year doctoral student in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. For her senior thesis, she wrote an ethnography on public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Gillian studied legitimacy in magistrates’ court at the University of Cambridge as a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar, receiving her M.Phil degree in Criminology in 2017.

Rachel Brown-Weinstock

Rachel graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology, Policy Studies, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Her honors thesis used a case study of a high-poverty, post-industrial small town to provide a cultural explanation to the theoretical and empirical puzzle of why community attachments are often resilient to the community social disorganization spurred by deindustrialization. While a senior at Syracuse, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology.

Nino José Cricco

Nino Cricco received a B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University Abu Dhabi. His senior thesis explored how peer pregnancies in adolescent networks shape individual cultural scripts. Before coming to Princeton, he worked as a research assistant at the Instituto Carlos III- Juan March in Madrid, where he assembled network data on activists for the abolition of the slave trade. He is interested in networks, culture, demography, and the family. 
Nino is also part of the Office of Population Research.

Ziyao Tian

Ziyao Tian received a B.A. in Sociology from Peking University (2015) and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University (2017). Her current research interests include economic sociology, historical sociology, cultural sociology, family, inequality, and Chinese studies.

Vicki Weiqi Yang

Vicki Yang received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, working in market research and in architecture before coming to Princeton. Her interests include economic sociology, organizational behavior, migration, and the social effects of the built environment. She is affiliated with the Office of Population Research.

Katie Donnelly

Katie is a 1st-year doctoral student. She received a B.A. in Sociology from New York University, with a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her past research explored how liberal gentrifiers negotiate their role in the process of gentrification. Currently, she is interested in cultural sociology and the intersection of sociology and computer science.


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