Graduate Student

  • 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. 

  • Samantha Jaroszewski

    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 Margareta Gazzo Reisman

    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.

  • Katie Donnelly

    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

    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.

  • Ian Lundberg

    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

    Sharon Cornelissen is a Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University and expects to defend her dissertation in July 2019. Her research interests include urban sociology, social inequality, race and ethnicity, culture, environmental sociology, sociological theory, and qualitative methods.

  • Linsey Nicole Edwards *18

    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 Tien

    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

    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.

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