Graduate Student

  • Gillian Slee

    Gillian Slee is a first-year doctoral student in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. For her senior thesis, she wrote an ethnography on public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Gillian studied legitimacy in magistrates’ court at the University of Cambridge as a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar, receiving her M.Phil degree in Criminology in 2017.

  • Gozde Guran

    Gozde Guran is interested in economic valuation, pricing, and money, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her areas of interest include economic sociology, historical sociology, and science and technology studies. Her dissertation research examines the conflict economy in Syria through the lens of cross-border money transfer networks (hawala). She holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies at New York University and a BA in Political Science from Bogazici University, Istanbul.

  • Rachel Brown-Weinstock

    Rachel graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology, Policy Studies, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Her honors thesis used a case study of a high-poverty, post-industrial small town to provide a cultural explanation to the theoretical and empirical puzzle of why community attachments are often resilient to the community social disorganization spurred by deindustrialization. While a senior at Syracuse, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology.

  • 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.

  • Emilce Santana

    My name is Emilce Santana and I’m a 5th-year in Sociology and Demography. I’m broadly interested in immigrant integration, race/ethnicity, and social stratification. My dissertation uses interethnic/racial romantic relationships as a lens for exploring boundaries and interactions among different ethno-racial groups in the U.S.

  • Nino José Cricco

    Nino Cricco received a B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University Abu Dhabi. His senior thesis explored how peer pregnancies in adolescent networks shape individual cultural scripts. Before coming to Princeton, he worked as a research assistant at the Instituto Carlos III- Juan March in Madrid, where he assembled network data on activists for the abolition of the slave trade. He is interested in networks, culture, demography, and the family. 
    Nino is also part of the Office of Population Research.

  • Ziyao Tian

    Ziyao Tian received a B.A. in Sociology from Peking University (2015) and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University (2017). Her current research interests include economic sociology, historical sociology, cultural sociology, family, inequality, and Chinese studies.

  • Nicole Pangborn

    Nicole has a BA in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and an MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She is interested in gender, social networks, microsociology, and race / ethnicity. Her dissertation combines these interests in an ethnography of an Italian-American community in the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Amanda Cheong

    I am a graduate student in the Joint Degree Program in Sociology and Social Policy. My research explores the stratifying effects of legal status with a focus on undocumented immigrants, stateless persons, and refugees. My dissertation examines how access to civil registration operates as a mode by which inequality is reproduced. I am a recipient of a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and have previously been supported by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.

  • 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.

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