Graduate Student

  • Gillian Slee

    Gillian Slee is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. In 2017, Gillian earned her M.Phil. degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge where she was a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar. Her research focuses on urban poverty, criminal justice, housing, policy, and ethnography. Gillian is a recipient of Princeton's Centennial and Marion J. Levy fellowships.

  • 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.

  • 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 is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Princeton University. 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 research areas include stratification, economic sociology, education, gender, and family. Her past research has been funded by various institutions including Stanford's China Fund Scholarship and Princeton's Center for the Study of Social Organization.

  • Herrissa D. Lamothe

    Herrissa Lamothe graduated from Harvard College in 2012, with an honors B.A. in Sociology and Government. Her research focuses on the intersection of theory, linguistics, and computational methods. Her current work advances a systematic, text-based analysis of conceptual systems in sociology and philosophy, and explores the deeply intertwined relationship between theory and methodology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Ryan James Parsons

    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. 

  • Katie Donnelly

    Katie is a 4th-year doctoral student. She received a B.A. in Sociology from New York University, with a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her past research explored how liberal gentrifiers negotiate their role in the process of gentrification. Currently, she is interested in the sociology of medicine, gender, and culture.


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