Fourth Year

  • Taylor Paige Winfield

    Taylor Winfield graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2013, with a major in sociology and a minor in anthropology. Her dissertation investigates how the United States Military transforms civilians into soldiers. She is interested how incoming recruits, whose civilian identities are constrained by the regimented institutional context, re- fashion personal self-definitions. How do they experience trading in their unique clothes for uniforms, their preferred food for mess halls meals, and individualized routines for rigid schedules?

  • Sarah Reibstein

    Sarah’s research is concerned with sites and narratives of political, economic, and cultural alternatives to neoliberalism and authoritarianism. She has pursued this thus far in her graduate degree through mixed method empirical and theoretical work on the liberty movement and on broad-based income sharing policies. Sarah previously held positions at Foundation Center and Post Growth Institute, and she received a B.A. from Northwestern University in 2012 in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Anthropology, and Economics.

  • Simone Zhang

    Simone is interested in social stratification, organizations, and how social policy is implemented on the ground. Her research examines how people’s everyday interactions with important institutions shape socioeconomic outcomes, social inclusion, and trust in institutions. Before coming to Princeton, Simone worked in program evaluation and studied housing and education policy at the Urban Institute and the World Bank. She earned an A.B. in Sociology from Harvard College.

  • Herrissa D. Lamothe

    Herrissa Lamothe graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and Government. Her senior thesis, titled “Gestión-ing the State: Community Management of State-Society Interactions in Peru” received the Harvard University Albert M. Fulton Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Sociology. Prior to Princeton, she worked for a policy research and evaluation firm, where she contributed to the evaluation of domestic social and economic programs. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of cultural and economic sociology, and knowledge systems.

  • Xinyi Duan

    Xinyi Duan graduated from Princeton in 2010 in Politics, where she studied political economy, game theory, and conducted research on medical tourism in southeast Asia. She was a PhD candidate at the NYU Stern business school's marketing program. She was most recently working in Asia as the director of technology and data for an anti-human trafficking NGO. She is interested in systemic risk, sociotechnical changes, and behavioral decision making.

  • Ryan James Parsons

    Ryan is a candidate in the joint degree program in sociology and social policy. His general interests cover community and urban sociology, political sociology, and stratification. His research is motivated by prior experience working in China and the Mississippi Delta region. For his dissertation he will study the structure of community life, race relations, and reactions to economic change in a rural Mississippi town. 

  • Ian Lundberg

    Ian Lundberg received a BA in sociology and statistics from Harvard College in 2015. He specializes in statistical methods, social stratification, and demography. His research applies innovative methodological approaches to existing survey data to yield new substantive conclusions about children's life chances, parents' labor market outcomes, and other questions of who gets what and why.


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