Students

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  • All Current Students
    • Quinn Albaugh- Quinn M. Albaugh is a PhD candidate in the Joint Degree Program in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. Quinn's research interests lie at the intersection of political parties, elections, and democratic theory. Quinn's current work focuses on candidate nominations in Canadian parties, particularly in comparison with American parties. Prior to coming to Princeton, Quinn obtained a B.A. (First Class Honours with Distinction) and an M.A., both in Political Science, from McGill University and worked as a researcher for the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) in Montreal and for Samara in Toronto. Quinn currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Award and the Parker D. Handy Graduate Fellowship from Princeton University. Past work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Parliamentary Affairs and the edited volume Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance (UBC Press). 
    • Meir Alkon-  Meir is a PhD candidate in political science and social policy. His research centers on the international and comparative political economy of development, with a focus on China and India. He earned his BA in International Relations at Stanford.
    • Daniela Barba Sanchez- Daniela is a doctoral student in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and a M.A. in Comparative Politics from NYU. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked in the public and nonprofit sectors in Mexico, in the areas of civic education and government accountability. She is interested in government accountability, political inequality, and civil-military relations.
    • Jessica BirdsallJessamin Birdsall- Jessamin received her BA from Harvard University in 2010, graduating with highest honors in Sociology. After College, Jessamin spent four years working in the international development sector, based in Delhi and in London. Her research interests include religion, ethnicity, migration, and inequality, with regional interest in the United Kingdom and South Asia.
    • Megan Blanchard- Megan received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with high honors in Sociology. After graduating, she worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a research assistant and statistical software programmer primarily in education, health, and early childhood policy topic areas. Her research interests include neighborhood inequality, police violence, race and segregation.
    • Shuang Chen - Shuang received a B.S. in Mathematics in 2010 and a M.A. in Education in 2011 from Stanford University. Her research interests include sociology and demography, migration, human capital and child development, survey research, metadata and microdata management.
    • Amanda CheongAmanda Cheong- Amanda graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Her research interests include the human rights crisis of statelessness, nation-building, migration, and race/ethnicity. Prior to coming to Princeton, Amanda worked with stateless and undocumented communities in Malaysia as part of a local child rights legal advocacy organization.
    • Rachel ConnorRachel Connor- Rachel received her B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University in 2010. Following graduation, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant before coming to Princeton in 2012. Broadly, Rachel is interested in the study of prejudice and stereotyping, with a particular focus on gender. As a student in Princeton’s graduate program in social psychology, Rachel is currently examining how being objectified affects how women are perceived and the relationship between benevolent sexism and acceptance of gender inequality.
    • Gina DelCorazon- Gina received a B.A. in Government from Smith College in 2004 and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. She entered the Ph.D. program in Population and Social Policy in the Fall of 2016. Her research interests include poverty intervention and K-12 education.
    • Angela DixonAngela Dixon received a B.S. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). Prior to coming to Princeton in fall 2012, she lived in 11 countries as a volunteer with local organizations. Her experiences in a variety of cross-national contexts (including Singapore, England, Tanzania, and Mexico) have prompted a strong interest in the cultural construction of race and its implications for social and economic mobility for people of African descent. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, sociology of education, and social stratification.
    • Linsey EdwardsLinsey Edwards- Linsey received her M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University in 2009 and B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. Following two years of research in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, she began doctoral work at Princeton in 2011. Linsey's research interests include education, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology.
    • Chris Felton- Chris received a B.A. in Sociology from the College of New Jersey in 2016. He was admitted to the Sociology Department at Princeton University in the Fall of 2016. His research interests include poverty, crime, residential segregation, racial stratification and social policy. 
    • Robin Gomila- Robin is a Ph.D. student in social psychology and social policy. His research projects focus on topics related to social change, prejudice reduction, and experimental methods. In one line of research, he uses qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate how people consciously decide to engage in behaviors that are in direct opposition to strong and widely known ingroup norms. Another line of research examines the extent to which "authority sanction" (e.g., exclusionary law, politicians' hate speech) affects the conditions of intergroup contact and the chance of prejudice reduction following intergroup contact. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Robin earned a B.A. in psychology at Paris-Descartes University (France) and worked as Betsy Levy Paluck's Lab Manager for two years. 
    • Gracie Himmelstein - Gracie received a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University in 2012. She entered the Population and Social Policy Program in Fall 2016. Her research interests include income inequality, racism and discrimination, and health disparities and outcomes.
    • Ferdose Idris - Ferdose received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington. She entered the Sociology Department at Princeton in 2016. Her intersts include race and segregation, education, and inequality with a focus on identity formation, bias, and social mobility.
    • Sarah JamesSarah James- Sarah James graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Business. Her research interests include children, families, and social demography. She is also a part of the Office of Population Research. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined attitudes toward undocumented immigration policies among residents of Houston, Texas. While at Rice, Sarah was also a part of the NSF-funded Perceptions of Women Academic Scientists Study and Religion and Public Life Program.
    • Peter JohannessenPeter Johannessen- Peter Johannessen received a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Vermont in 2009. He entered Princeton in the fall of 2010 to pursue a PhD in Politics with a focus on Latin America. His broad interests include participatory local governance, social movements and democratic theory, and he is currently studying how participatory institutions affect political inequality in Brazil.
    • Rebecca Johnson- Rebecca graduated from Stanford University with a major in Psychology, minors in economics and religious studies, and a master's degree in modern religious thought, ethics, and philosophy. Her research interests center on history, sociology, and ethics of disease labeling. She is also interested in studying exploitation in the context of bodily transactions.
    • Daniela Urbina Julio- Daniela received a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a MA in Applied Quantitative Research from NYU. For her MA thesis she studied intergenerational educational mobility and expansion reform in Mexico. Daniela is interested in social stratification, social demography, economic sociology and gender. She is also affiliated to the Office of Population Research (OPR).
    • Michael Kistner-  Michael is a Ph.D student in the Department of Politics and Social Policy. His primary subfield is American Politics, and he is broadly interested in legislative politics at both the national and state level. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2015.
    • Anastasia Korolkova - Anastasia received a B.A. in International Relations from CUNY in 2009.  Her reserach interests include solutions to inequality, international migration and transnationalism, youth development, experiments, and compassion.
    • Hannah Korevaar- Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2014. She received honors for her undergraduate thesis on the racial geography of Salt Lake City, Utah. Since Hannah came to Princeton, she has continued to pursue her interest in the formation and organization of urban spaces. Her research now centers on the impact of urban infrastructure on human mobility and the transmission of infectious disease.  
    • Alexander Kustov- Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department at Princeton University. Previously, he completed his M.A. at the University of Mannheim and his B.A. at the Higher School of Economics. His current research interests lie in the areas of identity politics, civil conflict, group inequality, international migration, and research methods.
    • Herissa Lamothe -  Lamothe graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and Government. Her senior thesis received the Harvard University Albert M. Fulton Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Sociology. Prior to Princeton, she worked as an analyst for a policy research and evaluation firm, focusing on domestic social and economic programs. Her current research interests lie in network science, complex systems, cultural and economic sociology, and inequality. 
    • Rebecca LittmanRebecca Littman- Rebecca received her B.A. in Psychology and Government from Wesleyan University in 2008 and came to Princeton in 2011. Previously, she worked as a Project Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action in Liberia. Her research interests include the psychology of violence and the study of social norms and behavior change.More information about text formats
    • Ian Lundberg- Ian received his BA in sociology and statistics from Harvard College in 2015. He is interested in the family as an institution which both shapes and responds to inequality. As an undergraduate, he investigated the effect of motherhood on women's labor market outcomes and the association between wage improvements and men's marriage timing. In future projects, Ian plans to continue studying the family, inequality, and social stratification.
    • Ayesha MahmudAyesha Mahmud- Ayesha Mahmud earned a B.A. in Physics and Economics from Carleton College (2009). After graduation, Ayesha joined NORC at the University of Chicago, where she worked on various health policy issues, such as childhood obesity, vaccination policy and health information technology. Before coming to Princeton, Ayesha worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research where she studied the determinants of health insurance plan choice. She is interested in reproductive health and access to healthcare in developing countries.
    • Joel Martinez - Joel holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His interest very broadly focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying social perception and interactions. 
    • Alexandra Mayorga- Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 2014 where her interests were at the cross roads of welfare policy and immigration. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Political Science and Social Policy. She hope to further unravel the extent to which policy attitudes and racial biases are intertwined. She is interested in understanding linkages between welfare retrenchment and ethnic diversity and specifically applying them to Northern Europe. 
    • Kevin MazurKevin Mazur- Kevin Mazur studied philosophy and political theory at Dartmouth before coming to Princeton. His research interests include nationalism and identity formation, contentious politics and the relationship between political obedience and state strategies of redistribution. He focuses on the Arab world.
    • Joel MittlemanJoel Mittleman- Joel earned a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 2009 and Comparative Education at the University of London in 2012. He entered Princeton University and the JDP program in 2013. His research interests are stratification, sociology of education, sociology of the family, and organizational theory.
    • Sophie MoullinSophie Moullin- Sophie earned a B.A. in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and a M.A. in Quantitavie Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University in 2012. She entered Princeton University and the JDP program in Fall 2013. Her interests include inequality, social mobility, demography, and child and family wellbeing.
    • Vivek Nemana - Vivek is a Ph.D. student in sociology. He was previously a foreign correspondent in India, where he wrote about the country's changing rural landscape. Vivek holds a M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Journalism and Economics, both from New York University. His interests include labor, masculinity, images and the sociolcultural ramifications of global markets.
    • Ryan O'Mara- Ryan is concurrently enrolled at the University of Florida College of Medicine as a scholar in their MD-PhD Training Program. Before coming to Princeton University in 2014, Ryan earned a B.S. and M.S. in health behavior at the University of Florida (UF), worked as a research fellow at the UF Institute for Child Health Policy, and served as director for Advancement of Global Health Equity at Prometheon Pharma. He is broadly interested in how social inequalities influence population health and wellbeing, and how social policies and programs can be optimally levered to improve public health and welfare. He is currently studying strategies to improve the developmental trajectory of disadvantaged children and help them reach their full potential in life.
    • Giuliana Pardelli- Giuliana earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Universidade de São Paulo and a M.A. from the Paris School of Economics. She is a graduate student in the Department of Politics. Giuliana’s research interests include Latin American politics, redistributive politics, public opinion and political behavior.
    • Bethany ParkBethany Park- Bethany earned a B.S.F.S. in Regional and Comparative Studies and a certificate in International Development at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She also studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and entered Princeton in 2011. Previously, she interned at the Washington Office on Latin America and was Program Manager at Northwestern University’s Center for Global Engagement. Her research interests include Latin American politics, political parties, electoral campaigns, and criminal violence.
    • Ryan Parsons- Ryan Parsons is a Mississippi native with experience living and working in China and the United Kingdom. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked with US ROTC students in Beijing before beginning a graduate program in international development. Ryan holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi. He received a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of Darwin College, the Centre of Development Studies, and the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research. Before Princeton, Ryan worked at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi.
    • Yaritza Perez Hooks - Yaritza received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2014. She enrolled as a doctoral student at Princeton University in 2014 under the mentorship of Professor Joel Cooper, where she studies cognitive dissonance. Yaritza is interested in using dissonance based intervention methods to promote and encourage prosocial, healthy, and positive attitudes and behaviors. In particular, she is interested in using cognitive dissonance to reduce prejudiced attitudes and behaviors. Her research also focuses on further understanding cognitive dissonance and vicarious dissonance in order to create intervention methods suitable for different populations. 
    • Federica Querin- Federica received a B.A. (2011) and a M.S. (2013) in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University. Prior to coming to Princeton in fall 2014, Federica worked for the European Commission on education policy and collaborated to a project on gender gaps in employment, earnings and career prospects. Her broad interests include family, low fertility in the European context, and social demography.

    • Michala Riis-Vestergaard - Michala is a PhD student in the psychology department working with Johannes Haushofer (primary advisor) and Betsy Levy Paluck (secondary advisor). Prior to coming to Princeton University, Michala received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from University of Copenhagen and a M.Sc. in Human Decision Science from Maastricht University.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of psychology and economics and focus on the psychological consequences of poverty, such as stress, depression, and low self-efficacy, and on how these psychological consequences affect decision making. 

    • Leah RosenstielLeah is a Ph.D. student in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her primary subfield is American Politics and she is interested in understanding how rules and norms in legislatures impact public policy. Leah received a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College in 2014. Prior to beginning her graduate studies she worked as a research assistant on K-12 education policy at the Congressional Research Service.

    • Jordan Starck - Jordan earned a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Education from Davidson College after which he spent four years a a K-12 educator. His research intersts include social attitude formation and change, particularly on the implicit level, the formation, evolution and consequences of social attitudes within institutions, and the dynamic interplay between mind and culture on a broader level. 

    • Belén Unzueta -  Belen received a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Chile in 2008 and an M.A. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in 2014. Research interests include indigenous ethnicity, race and ethnicity in Latin America, demography, and ethnoracial politics.

    • José María Rodriguez Valadez- José María is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department. He holds a B.A in Economics from ITAM, in Mexico City. Before coming to Princeton, he worked in the public health sector in Mexico. His broad interests include the political economy of development, redistributive politics, and governance.
    • Jessica Schwab- Jessie received her B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2012 and her M.A. in Communication Sciences from Northwestern University in 2014. As a member of the Princeton Baby Lab, Jessie studies early child language development. She is broadly interested in how young children's language input differs across the socioeconomic spectrum, as well as how these differences influence developmental outcomes.
    • Mélanie Terrasse- Mélanie graduated in 2013 from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Economics, before becoming a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her interests include comparative/historical sociology, ethnic relations, national identity and the role of the state in shaping integration discourses. She is currently examining the relationship between police identity checks, perceptions of discrimination, and ethnic/national identity among ethnic minorities in France.
    • Melanie Wright FoxMelanie Wright Fox- Melanie Wright received a BA in Public Policy and Theater Studies from Duke University in 2009. She began her PhD in Sociology at Princeton in fall 2011. She is interested in policies that can mitigate inequalities among children, particularly those operating on the family and neighborhood levels.
    • Elsa Voytas- Elsa is a graduate student in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. Her broad research interests include democratization, transitional justice, foreign aid, and conflict resolution. 

    • Sherry Jueyu Wu- Sherry received her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia in 2013. Her research focuses on social and cultureal norms, decision processes, group dynamics, and the interplay of psychology and economics. A central theme is to offer ideas and tools to make constructive changes from social influence in a theoretically informed way. Sherry is currently working on a field experiment involving group decision making workplace intervention among Chinese factory workers.
  • Economics
  • Politics
    • Quinn Albaugh- Quinn M. Albaugh is a PhD candidate in the Joint Degree Program in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. Quinn's research interests lie at the intersection of political parties, elections, and democratic theory. Quinn's current work focuses on candidate nominations in Canadian parties, particularly in comparison with American parties. Prior to coming to Princeton, Quinn obtained a B.A. (First Class Honours with Distinction) and an M.A., both in Political Science, from McGill University and worked as a researcher for the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) in Montreal and for Samara in Toronto. Quinn currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Award and the Parker D. Handy Graduate Fellowship from Princeton University. Past work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Parliamentary Affairs and the edited volume Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance (UBC Press). 
    • Daniela Barba Sanchez- Daniela is a doctoral student in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and a M.A. in Comparative Politics from NYU. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked in the public and nonprofit sectors in Mexico, in the areas of civic education and government accountability. She is interested in government accountability, political inequality, and civil-military relations.
    • Peter JohannessenPeter Johannessen- Peter Johannessen received a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Vermont in 2009. He entered Princeton in the fall of 2010 to pursue a PhD in Politics with a focus on Latin America. His broad interests include participatory local governance, social movements and democratic theory, and he is currently studying how participatory institutions affect political inequality in Brazil.
    • Michael Kistner-  Michael is a Ph.D student in the Department of Politics and Social Policy. His primary subfield is American Politics, and he is broadly interested in legislative politics at both the national and state level. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2015.
    • Alexander Kustov- Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department at Princeton University. Previously, he completed his M.A. at the University of Mannheim and his B.A. at the Higher School of Economics. His current research interests lie in the areas of identity politics, civil conflict, group inequality, international migration, and research methods.
    • Alexandra Mayorga- Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 2014 where her interests were at the cross roads of welfare policy and immigration. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Political Science and Social Policy. She hope to further unravel the extent to which policy attitudes and racial biases are intertwined. She is interested in understanding linkages between welfare retrenchment and ethnic diversity and specifically applying them to Northern Europe. 
    • Kevin MazurKevin Mazur- Kevin Mazur studied philosophy and political theory at Dartmouth before coming to Princeton. His research interests include nationalism and identity formation, contentious politics and the relationship between political obedience and state strategies of redistribution. He focuses on the Arab world.
    • Giuliana Pardelli- Giuliana earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Universidade de São Paulo and a M.A. from the Paris School of Economics. She is a graduate student in the Department of Politics. Giuliana’s research interests include Latin American politics, redistributive politics, public opinion and political behavior.
    • Bethany ParkBethany Park- Bethany earned a B.S.F.S. in Regional and Comparative Studies and a certificate in International Development at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She also studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and entered Princeton in 2011. Previously, she interned at the Washington Office on Latin America and was Program Manager at Northwestern University’s Center for Global Engagement. Her research interests include Latin American politics, political parties, electoral campaigns, and criminal violence.
    • Leah Rosenstiel - Leah is a Ph.D. student in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her primary subfield is American Politics and she is interested in understanding how rules and norms in legislatures impact public policy. Leah received a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College in 2014. Prior to beginning her graduate studies she worked as a research assistant on K-12 education policy at the Congressional Research Service.
    • José María Rodriguez ValadezJosé María is a Ph.D. student in the Politics Department. He holds a B.A in Economics from ITAM, in Mexico City. Before coming to Princeton, he worked in the public health sector in Mexico. His broad interests include the political economy of development, redistributive politics, and governance.
    • Elsa VoytasElsa is a graduate student in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. Her broad research interests include democratization, transitional justice, foreign aid, and conflict resolution. 
  • Population Studies
    • Shuang Chen -  Shuang received a B.S. in Mathematics in 2010 and a M.A. in Education in 2011 from Stanford University. Her research interests include sociology and demography, migration, human capital and child development, survey research, metadata and microdata management.  
    • Gina DelCorazon- Gina received a B.A. in Government from Smith College in 2004 and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. She entered the Ph.D. program in Population and Social Policy in the Fall of 2016. Her research interests include poverty intervention and K-12 education.
    • Gracie Himmelstein - Gracie received a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University in 2012. She entered the Population and Social Policy Program in Fall 2016. Her research interests include income inequality, racism and discrimination, and health disparities and outcomes.
    • Anastasia Korolkova - Anastasia received a B.A. in International Relations from CUNY in 2009.  Her reserach interests include solutions to inequality, international migration and transnationalism, youth development, experiments, and compassion.
    • Hannah Korevaar- Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2014. She received honors for her undergraduate thesis on the racial geography of Salt Lake City, Utah. Since Hannah came to Princeton, she has continued to pursue her interest in the formation and organization of urban spaces. Her research now centers on the impact of urban infrastructure on human mobility and the transmission of infectious disease.  Ayesha Mahmud
    • Ayesha Mahmud- Ayesha Mahmud earned a B.A. in Physics and Economics from Carleton College (2009). After graduation, Ayesha joined NORC at the University of Chicago, where she worked on various health policy issues, such as childhood obesity, vaccination policy and health information technology. Before coming to Princeton, Ayesha worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research where she studied the determinants of health insurance plan choice. She is interested in reproductive health and access to healthcare in developing countries.
    • Ryan O'Mara- Ryan is concurrently enrolled at the University of Florida College of Medicine as a cholar in their MD-PhD Training Program and as a Ph.D. student in Population Studies and Social Policy at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in 2014, Ryan earned a B.S. and M.S. in health behavior at the University of Florida (UF), worked as a research fellow at the UF Institute for Child Health Policy, and served as director of Advancement for Global Health Equity at Prometheon Pharma. He is broadly interested in how social inequalities influence population health and well-being, and how social policy can be used to improve public health and welfare.
    • Federica Querin- Federica received a B.A. (2011) and a M.S. (2013) in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University. Prior to coming to Princeton in fall 2014, Federica worked for the European Commission on education policy and collaborated to a project on gender gaps in employment, earnings and career prospects. Her broad interests include family, low fertility in the European context, and social demography. 
  • Psychology
    • Rachel ConnorRachel Connor- Rachel received her B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University in 2010. Following graduation, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant before coming to Princeton in 2012. Broadly, Rachel is interested in the study of prejudice and stereotyping, with a particular focus on gender. As a student in Princeton’s graduate program in social psychology, Rachel is currently examining how being objectified affects how women are perceived and the relationship between benevolent sexism and acceptance of gender inequality.
    • Robin Gomila-  Robin is a Ph.D. student in social psychology and social policy. His research projects focus on topics related to social change, prejudice reduction, and experimental methods. In one line of research, he uses qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate how people consciously decide to engage in behaviors that are in direct opposition to strong and widely known ingroup norms. Another line of research examines the extent to which "authority sanction" (e.g., exclusionary law, politicians' hate speech) affects the conditions of intergroup contact and the chance of prejudice reduction following intergroup contact. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Robin earned a B.A. in psychology at Paris-Descartes University (France) and worked as Betsy Levy Paluck's Lab Manager for two years. 
    • Rebecca LittmanRebecca Littman- Rebecca received her B.A. in Psychology and Government from Wesleyan University in 2008 and came to Princeton in 2011. Previously, she worked as a Project Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action in Liberia. Her research interests include the psychology of violence and the study of social norms and behavior change.
    • Joel Martinez - Joel holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His interest very broadly focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying social perception and interactions. 
    • Yaritza Perez Hooks - Yaritza received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2014. She enrolled as a doctoral student at Princeton University in 2014 under the mentorship of Professor Joel Cooper, where she studies cognitive dissonance. Yaritza is interested in using dissonance based intervention methods to promote and encourage prosocial, healthy, and positive attitudes and behaviors. In particular, she is interested in using cognitive dissonance to reduce prejudiced attitudes and behaviors. Her research also focuses on further understanding cognitive dissonance and vicarious dissonance in order to create intervention methods suitable for different populations. 

    • Michala Riis-Vestergaard - Michala is a PhD student in the psychology department working with Johannes Haushofer (primary advisor) and Betsy Levy Paluck (secondary advisor). Prior to coming to Princeton University, Michala received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from University of Copenhagen and a M.Sc. in Human Decision Science from Maastricht University.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of psychology and economics and focus on the psychological consequences of poverty, such as stress, depression, and low self-efficacy, and on how these psychological consequences affect decision making. 

    • Jessica Schwab- Jessie received her B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2012 and her M.A. in Communication Sciences from Northwestern University in 2014. As a member of the Princeton Baby Lab, Jessie studies early child language development. She is broadly interested in how young children's language input differs across the socioeconomic spectrum, as well as how these differences influence developmental outcomes.
    • Jordan Starck - Jordan earned a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Education from Davidson College after which he spent four years a a K-12 educator. His research intersts include social attitude formation and change, particularly on the implicit level, the formation, evolution and consequences of social attitudes within institutions, and the dynamic interplay between mind and culture on a broader level. 
    • Sherry Jueyu Wu- Sherry received her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia in 2013. Her research focuses on social and cultureal norms, decision processes, group dynamics, and the interplay of psychology and economics. A central theme is to offer ideas and tools to make constructive changes from social influence in a theoretically informed way. Sherry is currently working on a field experiment involving group decision making workplace intervention among Chinese factory workers.
  • Sociology
    • Megan Blanchard- Megan received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with high honors in Sociology. After graduating, she worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a research assistant and statistical software programmer primarily in education, health, and early childhood policy topic areas. Her research interests include neighborhood inequality, police violence, race and segregation.
    • Jessamin Birdsall- Jessamin received her BA from Harvard University in 2010, graduating with highest honors in Sociology. After college, Jessamin spent four years working in the international develpment sector, based in Delhi and London. Her research interests include religion, ethnicity, migration, and inequality, with regional interests in the United Kingdom and South Asia.
    • Amanda CheongAmanda Cheong- Amanda graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Her research interests include the human rights crisis of statelessness, nation-building, migration, and race/ethnicity. Prior to coming to Princeton, Amanda worked with stateless and undocumented communities in Malaysia as part of a local child rights legal advocacy organization.
    • Angela DixonAngela Dixon- Angela Dixon received a B.S. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). Prior to coming to Princeton in fall 2012, she lived in 11 countries as a volunteer with local organizations. Her experiences in a variety of cross-national contexts (including Singapore, England, Tanzania, and Mexico) have prompted a strong interest in the cultural construction of race and its implications for social and economic mobility for people of African descent. Her research interests include race/ethnicity, sociology of education, and social stratification.
    • Linsey EdwardsLinsey Edwards- Linsey received her M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University in 2009 and B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. Following two years of research in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, she began doctoral work at Princeton in 2011. Linsey's research interests include education, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology.
    • Chris Felton- Chris received a B.A. in Sociology from the College of New Jersey in 2016. He was admitted to the Sociology Department at Princeton University in the Fall of 2016. His research interests include poverty, crime, residential segregation, racial stratification and social policy. 
    • Ferdose Idris - Ferdose received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington. She entered the Sociology Department at Princeton in 2016. Her intersts include race and segregation, education, and inequality with a focus on identity formation, bias, and social mobility.
    • Sarah JamesSarah James- Sarah James graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Business. Her research interests include children, families, and social demography. She is also a part of the Office of Population Research. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined attitudes toward undocumented immigration policies among residents of Houston, Texas. While at Rice, Sarah was also a part of the NSF-funded Perceptions of Women Academic Scientists Study and Religion and Public Life Program.
    • Rebecca Johnson- Rebecca graduated from Stanford University with a major in Psychology, minors in economics and religious studies, and a master's degree in modern religious thought, ethics, and philosophy. Her research interests center on history, sociology, and ethics of disease labeling. She is also interested in studying exploitation in the context of bodily transactions.
    • Herissa Lamothe -  Lamothe graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology and Government. Her senior thesis received the Harvard University Albert M. Fulton Prize for Best Thesis in the Field of Sociology. Prior to Princeton, she worked as an analyst for a policy research and evaluation firm, focusing on domestic social and economic programs. Her current research interests lie in network science, complex systems, cultural and economic sociology, and inequality. 
    • Joel MittlemanJoel Mittleman- Joel earned a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 2009 and Comparative Education at the University of London in 2012. He entered Princeton University and the JDP program in 2013. His research interests are stratification, sociology of education, sociology of the family, and organizational theory.
    • Sophie MoullinSophie Moullin- Sophie earned a B.A. in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and a M.A. in Quantitavie Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University in 2012. She entered Princeton University and the JDP program in Fall 2013. Her interests include inequality, social mobility, demography, and child and family wellbeing.
    • Vivek Nemana - Vivek is a Ph.D. student in sociology. He was previously a foreign correspondent in India, where he wrote about the country's changing rural landscape. Vivek holds a M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Journalism and Economics, both from New York University. His interests include labor, masculinity, images and the sociolcultural ramifications of global markets.
    • Ryan Parsons- Ryan Parsons is a Mississippi native with experience living and working in China and the United Kingdom. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked with US ROTC students in Beijing before beginning a graduate program in international development. Ryan holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi. He received a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of Darwin College, the Centre of Development Studies, and the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research. Before Princeton, Ryan worked at the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi.
    • Mélanie Terrasse- Mélanie graduated in 2013 from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Economics, before becoming a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. Her interests include comparative/historical sociology, ethnic relations, national identity and the role of the state in shaping integration discourses. She is currently examining the relationship between police identity checks, perceptions of discrimination, and ethnic/national identity among ethnic minorities in France.
    • Belén Unzueta -  Belen received a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Chile in 2008 and an M.A. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in 2014. Research interests include indigenous ethnicity, race and ethnicity in Latin America, demography, and ethnoracial politics.
    • Daniela Urbina Julio- Daniela received a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a MA in Applied Quantitative Research from NYU. For her MA thesis she studied intergenerational educational mobility and expansion reform in Mexico. Daniela is interested in social stratification, social demography, economic sociology and gender. She is also affiliated to the Office of Population Research (OPR).
    • Melanie Wright FoxMelanie Wright Fox- Melanie Wright received a BA in Public Policy and Theater Studies from Duke University in 2009. She began her PhD in Sociology at Princeton in fall 2011. She is interested in policies that can mitigate inequalities among children, particularly those operating on the family and neighborhood levels.