Katie is a 1st-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 cultural sociology and the intersection of sociology and computer science.
Diana Enriquez is a first year Ph.D. student in Princeton's Sociology department. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 2013, where her thesis considered different tools Colombian cartels used to influence political campaigns between 1970-2000. She studies informal economies, labor, and migration, particularly in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Brazil). Before beginning her Ph.D., Diana was a researcher for a think tank/hedge fund and lead the research and fact checking team within TED's Content and Editorial team.
Kendall's research interests include economic sociology, organizations, and the sociology of culture. More specifically, her dissertation examines social companies and social entrepreneurship. Her previous work explores the transmission of culture and the role of narrative in ethical consumption. Kendall holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Kendall’s worked as in a Neuroscience and Psychology lab. Her honors thesis examined gendered images of mental illness in the media.
Ian Lundberg received a BA in sociology and statistics from Harvard College in 2015. He specializes in statistical methods, social stratification, and demography. His research applies innovative methodological approaches to existing survey data to yield new substantive conclusions about children's life chances, parents' labor market outcomes, and other questions of who gets what and why.
Sharon Cornelissen received a Master in Sociology at the New School for Social Research and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts at University College Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her research interests include ethnography, urban sociology, social inequality, race and ethnicity, culture and sociological theory. For her dissertation, she is conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a poor depopulated black Detroit neighborhood. She is looking at the promises and challenges of “greening” initiatives as a way to fight blight, and revitalize poor neighborhoods.
Linsey Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy. She is broadly interested in the processes that contribute to persisting trends in racial inequality and stratification. She focuses specifically on schools, neighborhoods, and bureaucratic institutions as critical contexts that reproduce inequality. In a paper titled “Homogeneity and Inequality” published in Social Forces, she examines the relationship between racial homogeneity in schools and racial inequality in school discipline.
Grace graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied political science and economics in 2012. Her senior thesis was a study of China’s Boss Christians – Christian entrepreneurs whose economic success has yielded them substantial autonomy – and their distinctive business practices, focusing on the integration of Confucian and Protestant influences on business practices and management. After working as a corps member in Baltimore with Teach for America, she came to Princeton where she has conducted research in the Center for the Study of Religion.
Kyle Chan received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on state capacity and the role of the state in development, particularly in the provision of public goods such as infrastructure. Currently, he is conducting fieldwork on China’s high-speed rail system, which is the largest in the world and was built in less than a decade.
Hannah is interested in inequality, the sociology of knowledge, and economic sociology. Her dissertation project examines the measurement and conception of inequality in the social sciences from a historical and comparative perspective using qualitative and quantitative methods. She received an MA (2014) and BA (2010) in East Asian Studies, both from Harvard University.
Mélanie Terrasse is a 5th-year doctoral student in Princeton's sociology department. She also is a part of the Joint Degree program (JDP) in social policy. She originates from Bordeaux, France and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Franklin and Marshall College in 2013. Her previous research has examined questions related to immigrant integration in France, as well as the intersection of US health care and immigration policy. Her current research interests include political and organizational sociology, poverty, inequality, and data & technology practices.