Sixth Year

  • Ramina Sotoudeh

    Ramina’s work combines insights from the sociology of culture, biosociology, and social networks to understand the dynamics of collective behaviors. Some of her current projects include developing methods for identifying and explaining shared construals from attitudinal data, studying how people are impacted by the distribution of genes in their social environment, and analyzing how institutional control shapes the meaning of behaviors and the role they play in social relations. Ramina received her B.A.

  • John Maldonado

    John Maldonado is a Southern California native and graduate of UC Riverside, where he majored in sociology and ethnic studies. His research interests include right-wing politics, online communities, digital media, and social movements. These interests are reflected in his dissertation, which explores the dynamics of online radicalization.

  • Jeremy Cohen

    Jeremy Cohen is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Princeton University. His research focuses on U.S. families' financial lives, with a focus on their interactions with credit and debt markets and the consequences for social inequality. He is particularly interested in how different families can make similar debt choices and realize different outcomes.

  • Parijat Chakrabarti

    My research interests lie at the intersection of economic sociology and anthropology, science and technology studies, and human-environment interaction. 

  • Janet Xu

    Janet's research is concerned with how organizations and individuals evaluate diversity. Organizations are increasingly vocal about the value of workplace diversity, and this demand has led to changes in internal labor market mechanisms and recruitment strategies. How do these new policies and programs affect racial minorities and women? What are the consequences of being labeled as someone who contributes to diversity? Her dissertation work addresses these questions using a combination of experimental and administrative data.

  • Daniela R. Urbina

    I am a PhD candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, and an affiliate of the Office of Population Research. I study family demography, gender inequality, education, and quantitative methods.

  • Ulrike Bialas

    Ulrike's ethnographic dissertation research is on unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Germany. How do asylum seekers and state bureaucrats negotiate migrants' official identities, such as age and national origin, in the absence of identity documents, and what consequences does this have for migrants' legal statuses and new lives in Germany? Ulrike received her BA and MA in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, where she also worked as a research assistant at the Urban Sociology department.

  • 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?


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