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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Megan Michelle Blanchard

    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.

  • Vivekananda Nemana

    Vivek Nemana is a PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy. He is interested in the effects of global markets and media on people's constructions of community and identity. To that end, his research examines changing norms of masculinity in small towns in India and the midwestern United States. Other interests include the the sociology of culture, migration, ethnomethodology, and science and technology studies. Vivek holds a master's degree in Economics from New York University, as well as an undergraduate degree in journalism and economics, also from New York University.

  • Shay O'Brien

    Shay O’Brien uses historical data to answer contemporary questions about elites and inequality in the United States. Sub-specialties include economic sociology, race and ethnicity, gender, and the sociology of elites. She is building a database of the full population of Dallas high society from the Gilded Age to the Second World War that combines basic biographical information with kinship ties, organizational affiliations, occupations, and select material property.

  • 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?

  • Henry Gomory

    Henry received a BA in sociology from Harvard College with a minor in statistics. He is interested in poverty, social mobility, and housing insecurity. His past research used administrative datasets to look at the consequences of rising rent prices in Boston, and his current research examines the connection between substandard housing conditions and eviction. He is part of the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and affiliated with the Office of Population Research.

  • Sarah Reibstein

    Sarah’s research is concerned with sites and narratives of political, economic, and cultural alternatives to neoliberalism and authoritarianism. She has pursued this thus far in her graduate degree through mixed method empirical and theoretical work on the liberty movement and on broad-based income sharing policies. Sarah previously held positions at Foundation Center and Post Growth Institute, and she received a B.A. from Northwestern University in 2012 in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Anthropology, and Economics.

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