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 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 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'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.
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 www.sophiemoullin.org.
Ryan is a candidate in the joint degree program in sociology and social policy. His general interests cover community and urban sociology, political sociology, and stratification. His research is motivated by prior experience working in China and the Mississippi Delta region. For his dissertation he will study the structure of community life, race relations, and reactions to economic change in a rural Mississippi town.
Areas of Interest / Specialization:
Gender, Aging, Family, Health, Social Demography, Quantitative Methods
Women’s Education, Intergenerational Coresidence, and Household Decision-Making in China
Yu Xie (Chair), Noreen Goldman, Sara McLanahan, Margaret Frye
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and trained in the tradition of the sociology of religion, Sam is in the field conducting mixed methods research for her dissertation project. The dissertation focuses on communities, behaviors, and practices around the genre of games called Fantasy Sports. Using large-scale surveys, in-depth interviews, and ethnographic observations, she begins at the sociotechnical system of Fantasy Sports and examines the larger social, gendered, historical, and organizational stories that this case helps us understand.
Leah graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Anthropology in 2011. Before coming to Princeton in 2014 she worked as a researcher in the museum field, most recently on the staff of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. In graduate school she works on the sociology of culture, economic sociology and organizational ethnography, with applications to cultural policy. Her specific interests include cultural organizations and philanthropy in the United States and Mexico.
Heba's dissertation entitled “Refugees Welcome” examines how newly resettled Syrian refugees make new lives in the United States, and the different experiences of their counterparts in Canada, Italy and Germany. She is interested in how refugees recuperate capitals lost in war and displacement, and how policies help or hinder this process. Prior to beginning her PhD, Heba was a researcher on a poverty alleviation program in Cairo, Egypt.