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, gender inequality, education, and quantitative methods. Her current projects examine how specific social policies affect household and gender dynamics, the implications of educational expansion for marriage markets, and the application of regularization methods for selecting log-linear models.

  • 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.

  • Jessamin Birdsall

    Jessamin Birdsall in the joint degree program in Sociology in Social Policy. After receiving her B.A. in Sociology from Harvard (2010), Jessamin spent several years working in the international development sector, based in Delhi and in London. Her current research focuses on religious pluralism, identity formation, and political mobilization in the United States and United Kingdom.

  • Martin Sybblis

    Martin’s research examines commercial law in a comparative context. His dissertation focuses on the role of lawyers in the development of commercial law in the British Caribbean post-colonies of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Immediately prior to his doctoral studies, Martin served as a consultant to the World Bank; he also practiced law for over seven years, as an Assistant County Attorney (in-house counsel) for Miami-Dade County and an Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Upon graduating from law school, he served as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Marcia G.

  • Megan Michelle

    Megan is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy. Her broad research interests include policing, neighborhood inequality, race, and social control. Her current project uses mixed methods to examine the impacts of low-level interactions between police officers and civilians. At Princeton, Megan is affiliated with the African American Studies Department and Prison Teaching Initiative. She earned her BA in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and worked at the Institute for Policy Studies and Mathematica Policy Research before coming to Princeton.

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