Graduate Student

  • 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 studies elites and conservatives in the United States. Her areas of interest include economic sociology, elite sociology, race & ethnicity, and religion. Before beginning graduate school at Princeton, Shay worked on a large-scale randomized control trial at the social policy research firm MDRC. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Anthropology (Honors), where she was a research assistant in the Anthropology department and won the prizes for Best Honors Thesis and Highest Achievement in Linguistic Anthropology.

  • Ulrike Bialas

    Ulrike’s research is on unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Germany. At this early stage of fieldwork, she is interested in how young asylum seekers and the various actors they encounter during their first years in Germany--including social workers, medical examiners, and legal guardians--differently construct youth and minority as both sociocultural and legal categories. Ulrike received her BA and MA in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, where she also worked as a research assistant at the Urban Sociology department.

  • 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.

  • Gillian Slee

    Gillian Slee is a doctoral student in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton. She is currently working on an ethnography on public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Gillian graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. In 2017, she studied legitimacy in magistrates’ court at the University of Cambridge as a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar, earning her M.Phil degree in Criminology. Her research interests include poverty, justice, urban sociology, policy, and ethnography.

  • 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.


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