First Year

  • Mason Barnard

    Mason is a first-year PhD student in Sociology at Princeton. He graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies, then received a Masters in Geographical Research from Cambridge University in 2017. After leaving the UK, Mason spent time in management consulting and health policy research—where he further developed an interest in the intersection between expertise, technological change, and health and income inequality. Mason is also a Colorado native and loves mountains/hiking/dogs.

  • Rama Hagos

     

    Rama Hagos is a doctoral student in Princeton's Sociology department affiliated with the Office of Population Research. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Anthropology/Sociology. She is interested in how immigrant communities access social services and how intersections of race and class mediate access to these resources. Before attending graduate school, she worked in special education and on large-scale evaluations of programs for families and children at MDRC, a social policy research organization.

  • Amy Read

    Amy Read is a first-year doctoral student in the Princeton Department of Sociology and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in biology, a B.A. in French, and a minor in international development. Her undergraduate research focused on family structure transitions, educational achievement, and child health outcomes in South Korea. Her current research interests include social and biological determinants of health across the life course and the integration of genetic data in social science research.

  • Carolina P. Seigler

    Carrie Seigler is a doctoral student in Princeton's Sociology department. While completing her B.A. in Sociology and Poverty Studies at Furman University, Carrie engaged in several research projects where she examined immigrant children living in poverty, sexual assault survivors in Botswana, and LGBT Christian communities in the US South. Her current research interests are varied and include religion, sexuality, social stratification, and inequality.

  • Sebastián Rojas Cabal

    Sebastián is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology at Princeton and a Lassen Fellow in the Program in Latin American Studies. He graduated summa cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in 2017, where he studied Social Research and Public Policy with a concentration in Economics. Before arriving at Princeton, Sebastián worked as a researcher in the Environmental Justice area at Dejusticia, a Colombia-based research and advocacy organization that promotes social justice and human rights.

  • Robin Lee

    Robin did his BA at UCLA in global studies with a minor in statistics and his MA at Columbia in quantitative methods in the social sciences. Robin’s goals at Princeton include further research on digital communication, text analysis, social networks, and social movements. 
    He was previously a senior data analyst at the New York Times where he did experimental design research on format messaging and best practices for reproducible data analysis.

  • Joe Sageman

    Joe Sageman is a PhD student in the Princeton department of sociology. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a B.A. in political science. His honors thesis argued that democracy and local control in majority-minority communities in the U.S. is much more vulnerable than in white communities. The project examined case studies including the antebellum South, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., post-Katrina New Orleans, and Flint. Prior to his arrival at Princeton, he taught high school math in the Arkansas Delta for two years.

  • Alejandro Schugurensky

    Alejandro Schugurensky is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology at Princeton and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology and two minors in Spatial Studies and Education. His honors thesis examined how charter school enrollment in California is related to school segregation and student outcomes. Additionally, Alejandro was awarded a Fulbright Research Award in 2018-2019 to study the impact of social policies on access to higher education in Brazil.

  • Emily Cantrell

    Emily Cantrell is a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy with interests in economic mobility and the intergenerational transmission of inequality. She received her bachelor’s degree from Denison University in 2017, where she designed her own major in Human Development and Social Policy with a focus on socioeconomic inequality in the United States. Emily worked for two years at Child Trends, a research organization that evaluates programs and policies to improve the lives of children and families.

  • Lillian Leung

    Lillian is a recent graduate from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she studied Economics and Global Business and minored in Social Entrepreneurship. She grew up in Hong Kong and have lived in Chicago and New York. Drawing on her experiences living in cities, her undergraduate thesis used General Social Survey data to explore the effect of housing prices on perceptions of inequality. She has also worked with various surveying methods conducting program evaluations for non-profits and customer research at Squarespace.

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