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.
    • Beatriz Barros – Beatriz received her BA in Sociology and Government from Cornell University in 2017. She is currently a student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Her broad interests include electoral politics, public goods provision, and development in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil, where she was born.

    • 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.
    • Rachel Brown-Weinstock- Rachel graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology, Policy Studies, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Her honors thesis used a case study of a high-poverty, post-industrial small town to provide a cultural explanation to the theoretical and empirical puzzle of why community attachments are often resilient to the community social disorganization spurred by deindustrialization. While a senior at Syracuse, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology. Her current research interests include community sociology (with a focus on small towns and rural communities), cultural sociology, and poverty with a particular interest in the role of culture/cognition in (re)producing neighborhood effects and community disadvantage.
    • Nathan Cheek- Nathan is a graduate student in psychology and social policy at Princeton University. He studies the effects of material scarcity and abundant choice; perceptions of the self and others; stereotypes and stigma related to poverty; and other topics at the intersection of social cognition and judgment and decision making. Cheek holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish with High Honors from Swarthmore College.
    • 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.
    • Katie Donnelly- Katie is a Sociology and Social Policy 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.
    • Kara Enz- Kara is a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She received a B.S. in Psychology,  an A.B. in Music from Lafayette College in 2013m and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire where she studied autobiographical memories for mixed emotional events and life transitions with David Pillemer. Enz is currently working with Alin Coman in the Socio-Cognitive Processes Lab on projects related to memory, identity, and categorization at the individual and community levels. She is particularly interested in how individuals with unique past experiences and ways of categorizing the world form collective memories and group identity.
    • 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. 
    • Henry Gomory- Henry received a BA in sociology from Harvard College with a minor in statistics. He is interested in poverty, social mobility, and housing insecurity. His past research used administrative datasets to look at the consequences of rising rent prices in Boston, and his current research examines the connection between substandard housing conditions and eviction. He is part of the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and affiliated with the Office of Population Research.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • Wamaitha Kiambuthi- Wamaitha is a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy. Prior to beginning doctoral studies at Princeton in 2018, she worked as a senior statistical programmer and analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, contributing to health, juvenile justice, and family support research. Her interests include juvenile justice, education, community development, race and inequality. Wamaitha holds a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • Matthew Mleczko- Matt received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Before entering the Ph.D. program in Population Studies and Social Policy in 2018, he worked as a health policy research assistant at Mathematica Policy Research. His research interests include housing policy, segregation, population health, and measures of social trust.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Hannah Postel- Hannah is a doctoral student in the Population and Social Policy Program.  She holds a B.A., International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College, 2013 Interests: International migration, the migration-development nexus, economic development, labor mobility, income inequality, forecasting, survey methods and administrative/metadata analysis.
    • 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.
    • Gillian SleeGillian is a doctoral student in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. For her senior thesis, she wrote an ethnography on public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Gillian studied legitimacy in magistrates’ court at the University of Cambridge as a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar, receiving her M.Phil degree in Criminology in 2017. Her research interests include poverty, inequality, urban sociology, policy, and ethnography.

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 

    • Derek WakefieldDerek received a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. Currently, he is a graduate student in the Department of Politics. His general interests include the politicization of identity, political behavior, and Latino politics in the United States.

    • 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.
    • Beatriz Barros- Beatriz received her BA in Sociology and Government from Cornell University in 2017. She is currently a student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Her broad interests include electoral politics, public goods provision, and development in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil, where she was born.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Derek Wakefield- Derek received a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. Currently, he is a graduate student in the Department of Politics. His general interests include the politicization of identity, political behavior, and Latino politics in the United States.
       
  • 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.
    • Matthew Mleczko- Matt received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Before entering the Ph.D. program in Population Studies and Social Policy in 2018, he worked as a health policy research assistant at Mathematica Policy Research. His research interests include housing policy, segregation, population health, and measures of social trust. 
    • 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.
    • Hannah Postel- Hannah is a doctoral student in the Population and Social Policy Program.  She holds a  B.A., International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College, 2013 Interests: International migration, the migration-development nexus, economic development, labor mobility, income inequality, forecasting, survey methods and administrative/metadata analysis.
    • 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.
    • Nathan Cheek- Nathan is a graduate student in psychology and social policy at Princeton University. He studies the effects of material scarcity and abundant choice; perceptions of the self and others; stereotypes and stigma related to poverty; and other topics at the intersection of social cognition and judgment and decision making. Cheek holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish with High Honors from Swarthmore College.
    • Kara Enz- Kara is a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She received a B.S. in Psychology,  an A.B. in Music from Lafayette College in 2013m and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire where she studied autobiographical memories for mixed emotional events and life transitions with David Pillemer. Enz is currently working with Alin Coman in the Socio-Cognitive Processes Lab on projects related to memory, identity, and categorization at the individual and community levels. She is particularly interested in how individuals with unique past experiences and ways of categorizing the world form collective memories and group identity.
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 

    • 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.
    • Rachel Brown-Weinstock- Rachel graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology, Policy Studies, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Her honors thesis used a case study of a high-poverty, post-industrial small town to provide a cultural explanation to the theoretical and empirical puzzle of why community attachments are often resilient to the community social disorganization spurred by deindustrialization. While a senior at Syracuse, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Sociology. Her current research interests include community sociology (with a focus on small towns and rural communities), cultural sociology, and poverty with a particular interest in the role of culture/cognition in (re)producing neighborhood effects and community disadvantage.
    • 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.
    • Katie Donnelly- Katie is a Sociology and Social Policy 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.
    • 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. 
    • Henry Gomory- Henry received a BA in sociology from Harvard College with a minor in statistics. He is interested in poverty, social mobility, and housing insecurity. His past research used administrative datasets to look at the consequences of rising rent prices in Boston, and his current research examines the connection between substandard housing conditions and eviction. He is part of the Joint Degree Program in Social Policy and affiliated with the Office of Population Research.
    • 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.
    • Wamaitha Kiambuthi- Wamaitha is a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy. Prior to beginning doctoral studies at Princeton in 2018, she worked as a senior statistical programmer and analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, contributing to health, juvenile justice, and family support research. Her interests include juvenile justice, education, community development, race and inequality. Wamaitha holds a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
    • 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.
    • Gillian Slee- Gillian is a doctoral student in the joint degree program in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. For her senior thesis, she wrote an ethnography on public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Gillian studied legitimacy in magistrates’ court at the University of Cambridge as a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar, receiving her M.Phil degree in Criminology in 2017. Her research interests include poverty, inequality, urban sociology, policy, and ethnography.
    • 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).