First Year

  • Katie Donnelly Moran

    Katie Donnelly Moran is a Sociology PhD student and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research. Katie received a B.S. from Cornell University in 2018 with majors in Development Sociology and in International Agriculture and Rural Development. After graduating, Katie worked as a research assistant in UC Berkeley’s Economics Department studying inequality, education, and tax policy using administrative and survey data.

  • Ha-Joon Chung

    Ha-Joon Chung is a Ph.D. student in Sociology and Social Policy with a specialization in Demography. His current interest lies in the iterative process in which the education system and society reinforce each other: How stratification and culture shape the institutions of education and people’s participation, and how varying educational experiences impact people's life chances and outcomes. Ha-Joon received a B.A. in Sociology along with a teaching certificate from Yonsei University (2018), and a M.A. in Quantitative Methods & Social Analysis from the University of Chicago (2019).

  • Angela Li

    Angela is a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy with a focus on spatial inequality and urban policy. She holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Prior to her degree, she worked at a transit startup and conducted research at the Center for Spatial Data Science, focusing on mobility, housing, and public health. Her thesis work focused on the impact of demolition policy on neighborhoods within Detroit, MI in context of the Great Recession.

  • Jason Fontana

    Jason is a doctoral student in Sociology at Princeton and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research. He graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish. His undergraduate research focused on immigrant acceptance attitudes and the home-school connection of non-native English-speaking families.

  • Max Fineman

    Max is a first-year doctoral student in sociology at Princeton. He graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, focusing on 20th-century German and French social thought. After graduating, he worked for two years as a legal advocate for low-income New Yorkers with severe illnesses and disabilities, helping clients restore their housing stability, access to food and healthcare, and keep their families together through administrative litigation against government agencies.

  • Marie-Lou Laprise

    Marie-Lou is a doctoral student in Sociology at Princeton. She is also a lawyer in Quebec (Canada), where she practiced in civil and commercial litigation. Before arriving at Princeton, she was at the University of Montreal (LL.M. expected fall 2020), where she studied the interaction of codified law and moral considerations in judges' reasoning, its relation to socio-economic history, and its impacts on substantive law. Her thesis combined comparative-historical and doctrinal analyses to theorize the emergence, scope, and purpose of judicially created barriers to legal action.

  • Alejandro J. Garcia Fernandez

    Alejandro Garcia Fernandez is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton's Sociology Department, Alejandro earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Denver (2016), an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2017), and an A.M. in Education from Harvard University (2020). He has also worked as a Research Project Coordinator at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2017-2018).

  • Hunter W. York

    Hunter is a first-year PhD student in Sociology at Princeton. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 2017 with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Music. He spent the following three years in Seattle at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on a fellowship while simultaneously earning an MPH from the University of Washington. There, he studied social demography with a focus on global educational attainment and education quality.

  • Yunhan Wen

    Yunhan is a doctoral student in Sociology with interest in urban sociology, socio-spatial inequality, and everything that the urban question entails. Before joining Princeton, Yunhan received her BA/MA joint degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where she became interested in (global) urbanism and ethnographic methods. Born and bred in Shanghai, China, Yunhan is driven to understand the lifeworld of migrant families living in the fringe of Chinese cities, in hopes of putting in conversation empirical studies on urban China and the theoretical lingo of urban sociology.

  • Anna Kyler

    Anna Kyler is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton. She graduated from Arizona State University with her bachelor’s degree in 2019 and her master’s degree in 2020. Her master’s thesis work used Internet search data to examine determinants of interest in Alt-Right online media in the United States. Anna’s current research interests include using quantitative methods to understand participation in far right and white supremacist social movements.

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