Graduate Student

  • 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.

  • Alexander Kindel

    Alex is a computational and historical sociologist with a guiding interest in the formal organization of knowledge, skills, and techniques. His areas of interest include computational social science, political and historical sociology, and the sociology of knowledge. Alex designs computational and statistical tools for researchers across the social sciences; investigates contemporary practices for creating, managing, sharing, and analyzing data; and conducts historical work on the political organization of knowledge production and dissemination.

  • Xinyi Duan

    Xinyi Duan graduated from Princeton in 2010 in Politics, where she studied political economy, game theory, and conducted research on medical tourism in southeast Asia. She was a PhD candidate at the NYU Stern business school's marketing program. She was most recently working in Asia as the director of technology and data for an anti-human trafficking NGO. She is interested in systemic risk, sociotechnical changes, and behavioral decision making.

  • Vicki Weiqi Yang

    Vicki Yang received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, working in market research and in architecture before coming to Princeton. Her interests include economic sociology, organizational behavior, migration, and the social effects of the built environment. She is affiliated with the Office of Population Research.

  • Liora O'Donnell Goldensher

    Liora O’Donnell Goldensher's research on contemporary natural birth and homebirth in the United States explores how knowledge, expertise, and ideas of the human and of freedom are constructed in lay knowledge communities. At Princeton, she is jointly enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities and is affiliated with the programs in American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Prison Teaching Initiative, and the McGraw Center. Liora worked as a labor and faith-based community organizer in Massachusetts and California before coming to Princeton.

  • Sophie Moullin

    I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University, as the A. Watson Armour, III '33 Centennial Fellow. My interests are in inequality/ stratification, emotions/ mental health, economic sociology, family demography, and welfare states. My dissertation, Feeling Unequal, investigates the role of mental health in socio-economic inequality. More information about my research is available at


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