Graduate Student

  • Andrew McMartin

    Andrew is a PhD student in Sociology and an affiliate of the Office of Population Research. His interests include socioeconomic inequality, biosociology, and health, with particular emphasis on contextual effects, psychosocial wellbeing, and early life course determinants of risk and resilience. He earned bachelors degrees in sociology and biology from the University of Washington, where he conducted research on neighborhood effects and parental incarceration.

  • Janet Xu

    Janet Xu is a PhD student in the department of Sociology affiliated with the Office of Population Research. Her interests include social networks, social stratification and inequality, and culture. Her current research uses experimental data to examine how identity and knowledge shape evaluations of racial and ethnic diversity. After graduating from the University of Chicago with with a B.A. in Sociology and Public Policy, Janet worked at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) as a survey researcher.

  • Andres Lajous

    His main areas of interest are political sociology, microsociology and social networks. He is particularly interested in state-formation, state capacity, police behavior and violence in Latin America. Before coming to Princeton, Andrés worked as a journalist and editor in Mexico. He holds a Master’s in City Planning (MIT) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations. (CIDE, México City).

  • Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar

    Kalyani's research interests lie in cities, climate change, environmental risk, and inequality. Her dissertation project is an ethnographic study based in Mumbai and Miami that examines how vulnerable communities, local governments, and the real estate market make decisions about flooding based on their access to resources and information, their perception of risk, and their ties to place. Kalyani received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Rebecca is interested in health, law, and moral dimensions of public policy, investigated using experiments and administrative data. Current research focuses on how third-party actors shape organizations' rationing of resources--using the case of parents intervening in school districts to secure resources for their child with a disability--and demographic variation in perceptions of consent. At Princeton, she is affiliated with the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and Office of Population Research.

  • Daniela Urbina Julio

    Daniela is in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy, with a concentration in demography. She is interested in family demography, education, gender, and stratification. Her current projects examine how specific social policies affect household and gender dynamics, the role of aspirations on teenage pregnancy, and the implications of educational expansion for marriage markets.

    Before joining Princeton, she was a researcher at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile studying the effects of school choice and accountability policies in Chile and Brazil. 

  • Gavin G. Cook

    Gavin G. Cook is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology affiliated with the Office of Population Research and the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China. His research interests include biosociology, text analysis, cultural sociology with an emphasis on discipline and organization, and the Pacific Rim with an emphasis on contemporary China. Gavin graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a BA in East Asian Studies.

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