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  • Emilce Santana *19

    Emilce Santana is a PhD candidate in the Sociology department and the Office of Population Research. Her research interests are race/ethnicity, social stratification, and immigrant integration. Her dissertation uses relationships, ranging from friendships to marriages, to better understand possible mechanisms that influence interactions across ethno-racial boundaries. Emilce also studies the integration experience of U.S. Latinos.

  • Cary Beckwith

    I am a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Princeton University. My
    dissertation is an ethnographic study of the migrant workforce that enabled
    the shale oil boom in western North Dakota. More generally, my interests
    include culture, social interactions, economic life, morality, social theory,
    and ethnographic methods. More information on my research and teaching is
    available at carybeckwith.net.

  • Sarah James *19

    At Princeton, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy and a member of the Office of Population Research. 

    I study the causes and consequences of health disparities, with an emphasis on the family and community environments that foster or impede healthy behaviors among children and adolescents.

  • Leah L. Gillion *19

    Leah L. Gillion is a PhD candidate at Princeton University in the department of sociology and demography and a predoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in sociology and the populations study center. Her research interests focus on race and ethnicity, social inequality, education, and public policy. Leah’s current project, "Assessing Ideologies, Spatial Polity, and Politics on Education” examines how societal inequality affects educational inequality.

  • Clark Bernier

    Clark Bernier's research combines the longitudinal breadth of massive online
    interaction data with the grounded depth of ethnographic methods to study the
    dynamics of status, authority, and culture. His dissertation work focuses on
    status and authority hierarchies in rapidly-changing organizations without
    traditional bureaucratic structures. He has also published work using online
    text corpora to extend sociological models of interaction to online settings.

  • Gozde Guran

    Gozde Guran studies the collective organization of economic exchange and patterns of decision-making in diverse market settings. Her research draws from the fields of economic sociology, migration, and political sociology, and integrates ethnographic, experimental, and statistical methods of inquiry. Her dissertation, "Brokering Order: Economic Lives in War and Exile," examines hawala ("transfer" in Arabic), an informal money transfer practice, in the context of Syria's civil war and refugee crisis.

  • Cheng Cheng *18

    Cheng received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2018.  She
    completed her B.A. (Comprehensive Honors) in Sociology with a concentration
    in Analysis and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Her
    research interests include gender inequality, family demography, and social
    epidemiology. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family,
    Social Science and Medicine, and International Handbook of Rural Demography.

  • Kendall Cox Park *18

    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.

  • Mahesh Somashekhar

    I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Washington Sociology Department. I received my PhD in Sociology at Princeton University in 2016. My core research agenda examines how retail growth and decline in urban and suburban areas affects patterns of social inequality and neighborhood change. My particular focus is on retail growth and decline in the context of immigrant entrepreneurship, gentrification, and health disparities. My research and teaching interests include urban studies, international migration, race and ethnicity, and spatial demography.

  • Erin F. Johnston

    Areas of Interest / Specialization: 
    Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Social Psychology; Self and Identity; Socialization; Narrative and Discourse, Qualitative Methodology (including Ethnography); Theory

    Dissertation Title: 
    Learning to Practice, Becoming Spiritual: Spiritual Disciplines as Projects of the Self

    Dissertation Committee: 
    Robert Wuthnow (Chair), Paul DiMaggio, Janet Vertesi

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