Recent Placements

The doctoral program in sociology prepares students for careers in research and teaching. While most of our graduates teach in colleges and universities, others hold research appointments in government agencies, medical and mental health centers, consulting firms, or other non-profit or research settings.

Kristin Plys, Ph.D. 2016

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dissertation: “Anticolonial Labor Movements and the Postcolonial Totalitarian State: Indian Coffee House from Independence to Emergency, 1947-1977”

Education: B.A. Cross-National Sociology and International Development, with Honors (The Johns Hopkins University); Ph.D. Yale University.


Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu, Ph.D. 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen, Germany

Dissertation: “United in Religion, Divided by Ethnicity? Why Islam Fails as A Supranational Identity in Turkey”

Education: M.A., Sociology, University of Virginia; M.A. and M.Phil., Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University.


Sorcha Brophy, Ph.D. 2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Dissertation: “Making Morals: Standard-Setting in Organizations”

Education: AB in the Comparative Study of Religion (with high honors), Harvard University; MA and MPhil from Yale University; Ph.D. Yale University.


Seongsoo ChoiPh.D. 2015

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia

Initial Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher Sociology and Social Demography, University of Oxford

Dissertation: “Educational Choice and Institutional Contexts: Three Essays on Educational Stratification in Comparative Perspective

Education: M.A. Sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea; M.A. Sociology, Yale University; M.Phil. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D. Yale University.


Joseph Klett, Ph.D. 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz, CA

Dissertation: “The Social Life of Noise”

Education: B.A. Sociology, with a minor in music (UCSD); M.A. & M.Phil. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University.


Carolyn Ly, Ph.D. 2015

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD

Dissertation: “Meaning and Merit in American Municipal Firefighting”

Education: B.A. Sociology, summa cum laude (Hunter College, City University of New York); Phi Beta Kappa; M.A. Sociology, Yale University; M.Phil. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University. 


Elizabeth Roberto Ph.D. 2015

James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Studying Complex Systems, Princeton University

Dissertation: “The Boundaries of Spatial Inequality: Three Essays on the Measurement and Analysis of Residential Segregation”

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University; M.P.A. Education and Social Policy (George Washington University); B.A. Human Services (George Washington University)


Jensen Sass, Ph.D. 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Dissertation: “Remaking Monsanto: Commodification as Corporate Strategy”

Education: MPhil Political Science, Australian National University; Ph.D. Sociology, Yale University.


Yingyao Wang, Ph.D. 2015

Assistant Professor of Sociology,  University of Virginia

Initial Placement: Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Dissertation: “The Gradual Revolution: Economic Ideas, Organizational Trajectories and Policy Elites in Contemporary China (1979-2014)

Education: Ph.D.; M.Phil. Yale University; M.A. Beijing University; B.A. Fudan University


Thomas Crosbie, Ph.D. 2014

Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Research on Military Organization, University of Maryland

Dissertation: “Democratic Oversight and Military Autonomy: The U.S. Army’s Management of American Journalism, 1939-2004”

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University


Alison Gerber, Ph.D. 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden

Dissertation:  ”Art Work?: Employment, Markets, and Valuation in the Visual Arts”

Education: BFA, BA University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; Critical Studies, Malmö Art Academy/Lund University; M.A. Sociology, Yale University; M.Phil. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University.


Matt Lawrence, Ph.D. 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Reed College, Portland Oregon

Education: BA (American Studies and English, with distinction and honors), Stanford University, 2001; MEd (Education Policy and Management), Harvard University, 2007; MA (Sociology), Yale University, 2010; MPhil; (Sociology), Yale University, 2012; Ph.D. (Sociology), Yale University, 2014.


Natalie Nitsche, Ph.D. 2014

Postdoctoral Associate, Vienna Institute of Demography

Dissertation: “A Couple Perspective on Fertility Outcomes: Do Relative Resources Matter for First and Second Births in the US and Germany?”

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University


Jeffrey Guhin, Ph.D. 2013

Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA

Initial Placement: Abd el-Kader Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

Dissertation: “Moral Technology: Science, Religion, and Right Action in in Evangelical and Sunni Schools”

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University


Esther Chihye Kim, Ph.D. 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Education: B.A. Sociology and Education (UCLA); M.A. Education, culture and society (University of Pennsylvania); Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University.


Sam Nelson, Ph.D. 2013

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, McGill University

Education: B.A. Sociology, honors, University of Chicago; M.A. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University


Xiaohong Xu, Ph.D. 2013

Assistant Professor, National University of Sinagpore

Dissertation: “Revolutionizing Ethos: Powers of Organization in the Chinese Revolution”

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University


Michael Yarbrough, Ph.D. 2013

Assistant Professor of Law & Society, Department of Political Science, John Jay College, City University of New York

Dissertation: “Homemaking: Marriage Law Reform and the Construction of Family in Post-Apartheid South Africa”

Education: A.B., Sociology, University of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Sociology, Yale University; J.D., Yale Law School; Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University.


Elizabeth Breese, Ph.D. 2012

Marketing, Panorama Education, Boston, MA

Dissertation: “Interpreting the News: A Cultural Sociology of Journalistic Discourses in the United States”

Education: B.A., Wellesley College (2006); M.A., Yale University (2008); M.Phil., Yale University (2010); Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University (2012)


Sarah Egan, Ph.D. 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Dissertation: “Hounded out: Performative success and institutional failure in the pro-hunting movement”

Education: B. Soc. Sc., M. Soc. Sc., National University of Ireland (UCD), M.A. Sociology, Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University, 2012.


Andrew Junker, Ph.D. 2012

Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago

Dissertation: “Religious and Secular Protest in the Chinese Diaspora: Falun Gong and the Chinese Democracy Movement”

Education: M.A., M. Phil., Sociology (Yale University); B.A. East Asian Studies (Wesleyan University); M.A. Religious Studies (Indiana University)


Patricia Maloney, Ph.D. 2012

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Texas Tech University

Dissertation: “Schools Make Teachers: The Case of Teach For America and Teacher Training”

Education: B.A. Sociology and Classical Studies (University of Pennsylvania); M.Ed. (University of Pennsylvania); M.A. Sociology (Yale University); M.Phil (Yale University); Ph.D. Sociology, Yale University


Matthew Norton, Ph.D. 2012

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon

Dissertation: “The Syntax of Power: Classification and Coercion in the Early Modern English Maritime System”

Education: B.A. Philosophy (Villanova University); M.A. Conflict Resolution (Bradford University); Ph.D. Yale University (2012)


Nadya Jaworsky, Ph.D. 2011

Assistant Professor, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Dissertation: “It’s Just Not Main Street Anymore…!” Mapping out the Boundaries of Belonging in a New Immigrant Gateway

Education: M.A., M.Phil - Yale University; Ph.D. Sociology - Yale University (2011).


Alexei Zelenev, Ph.D. 2011

Post-Doctoral Associate, AIDS Program, Yale School of Medicine

Dissertation: “Analyzing and Measuring Social Exclusion in the United States.”

Education: B.A. Economics, University of Chicago, M.A. Sociology and Economics, Yale University, Ph.D. Sociology 2011, Yale University.