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  • Emilce Santana

    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.

  • Joel Mittleman

    As a sociologist and social demographer, I study inequality with a focus on stigmatized youth, particularly children of color and sexual and gender minorities. 

    My research examines how stigmatized children are “policed”—by peers, by teachers, and by the juvenile justice system itself. Substantively, I focus on the determinants and consequences of exclusionary school discipline and peer bullying.

  • Leah L. Gillion

    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.

  • Amanda Cheong

    I am a graduate student in the Joint Degree Program in Sociology and Social Policy. My research explores the stratifying effects of legal status with a focus on undocumented immigrants, stateless persons, and refugees. My dissertation examines how access to civil registration operates as a mode by which inequality is reproduced. I am a recipient of a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and have previously been supported by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.

  • Cheng Cheng

    Cheng  Cheng is a Postdoctoral Research Associate of the Peking-Princeton
    Postdoctoral Program (PPPP). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from
    Princeton University in 2018, with the dissertation "Women's Education,
    Intergenerational Coresidence, and Household Decision-Making in China".  She
    completed her B.A. (Comprehensive Honors) in Sociology with a concentration
    in Analysis and Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Denia Garcia *17

    Denia Garcia is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2017. 

  • 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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