This page is for recent alumni looking for a second position upon completion of the postdoctoral fellowship, initial contract teaching job or research position they gained on first graduating.
Shai Dromi, Ph.D. 2016
Lecturer, Harvard University
Shai Dromi is a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University. He is a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist with research on altruistic behavior, transnational solidarity, and morality. His research explores how beliefs about the common good shape a variety of social sites by focusing on the ways discourse about morality is used to justify the existence of social practices and institutions. His current book project is titled The Religious Origins of Transnational Relief: Calvinism, Humanitarianism, and the Origins of Social Fields. It asks how humanitarian activism became a distinct professional and social sector. The research draws on archival research at the International Committee of the Red Cross and related repositories. It highlights the role of mid-nineteenth-century Calvinist reform movements in formulating and propagating the moral principles that justified the establishment of humanitarian NGOs and continue to prevail in the humanitarian community today. An article from this research appeared in The Sociological Review, and another article is forthcoming at Sociological Theory. Dromi also works on other projects relating to`professional communities and their moral beliefs, and has previously conducted research on attitudes towards urban poverty and on the effects of cultural trauma on political culture in the Middle East.
Natalie Nitsche, Ph.D. 2014
Natalie Nitsche is a quantitative family sociologist and social demographer. Her research investigates family formation dynamics and gendered life course outcomes. She has two main lines of research. One focuses on the intersection of educational and union-formation & childbearing trajectories. The other examines gendered dynamics in families and tries to understand where they come from and what their consequences are. Much of her work employs a couple-perspective, arguing that both partners and the interactions between them need to be taken into account in order to fully understand family formation processes and gendered dynamics in families.
She has, for instance, investigated 1) the effect of gender ideology and relative resources of both partners on the division of housework; 2) the interrelatedness of sibship sex-composition and majoring in a STEM discipline in college; 3) the impact of social norms on childbearing behavior, and 4) the effect of educational pairings of both partners on birth progressions among couples.
Natalie Nitsche received her Ph.D. in 2014 and is currently a post-doc at the Vienna Institute of Demography in Austria. Her work was supported with a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and with a highly selective Marie-Curie fellowship from the European Commission.
Thomas Crosbie, Ph.D. 2014
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Maryland
I am a political sociologist working at the intersection of politics, organization and culture. My primary research site has been the military, with a variety of projects investigating two linked processes, namely the politicization of state agencies and the social regulation of state violence. I am currently working at the University of Maryland as co-PI on a grant titled The Revolution in Military Professionalism (funded by the Army Research Institute, $810,000.05 USD). I am also working on two book projects. The first is titled The Political Army and is revision of my dissertation. The second is a co-edited volume titled The Sociology of Privatized Security (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan). My work in the fields of political and organizational sociology has been published in Media, War and Conflict, Politics, Journal of Sociology, Parameters and Comparative Sociology. I have a secondary interest in culture and media, with a recent article in Poetics exploring collective representations in the television industry and two co-authored book chapters explore new media technology, as well as being the co-PI on a $58,000 CAN grant awarded by SSRHC to study the political, cultural and economic implications of visualization technology.