Graduate Student

  • 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.

  • Wamaitha Kiambuthi

    Wamaitha is a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy. Prior to beginning doctoral studies at Princeton in 2018, she worked as a senior statistical programmer and analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, contributing to health, juvenile justice, and family support research. Her interests include economic sociology, institutions, and structural inequality. Wamaitha holds a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lauren Clingan

    Lauren is a third year doctoral student in Sociology at Princeton. Her research on gender and femininity combines economic sociological and intersectional feminist lenses. Her dissertation explores Emirati experiences of state feminism and changing gender relations. In 2017, Lauren received her BA in Social Research and Public Policy from NYU Abu Dhabi.

  • Lai Wei

    Lai Wei is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton, he attained BA in sociology from Tsinghua University. Lai’s research interests include social mobility, public opinion, quantitative methodology, and China. One strand of his ongoing research tries to develop new indicators of social mobility and new methods for studying the impact of mobility that borrow insights from machine learning and causal inference.

  • Shelby O'Neill

    Shelby O'Neill graduated from Colby College in 2015 with a degree in
    government. His senior honors thesis examined the ways in which socioeconomic
    inequality shaped political involvement in a small town in Maine. While in
    Maine, he developed a deep interest in farming and has spent most of the past
    three years doing pick, warehouse, and tractor work with crews of migrant
    farmworkers in California and Minnesota. He hopes to ethnographically explore
    the experiences of farmers and farmworkers in the US and how those

  • Olivia Mann

    Liv is a third-year PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her research focuses on violence and the reproduction of inequality, and she uses the American South as a strategic research site for analyses of Black inequality. For her dissertation she will be analyzing the role of violence in the historical production and ongoing reproduction of the rural ghetto. Her other research interests include the intersection of welfare and criminal justice systems and the dynamics of rural poverty and disadvantage. Prior to coming to Princeton, she received her B.S.

  • Devin Q. Rutan

    Devin Q. Rutan is a first-year Ph.D. student in Princeton’s Sociology Department and is affiliated with the Office of Population Research. He is interested in the re-production of spatial inequality and the persistence of residential segregation. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Philosophy in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. His thesis explored the lingering effects of historic neighborhood appraisal in structuring contemporary stratification in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Lillian Leung

    Lillian Leung is a PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She received a B.S. in Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2017. She is interested in applying mixed methods to understand urban poverty and inequality in America. Previously, she worked at the Eviction Lab to help build the first national database of evictions in America, as well as conducted a mixed method study to investigate serial eviction filings.

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