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.

Class of 2017

Sara Bastomski, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Mira Debs, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Director, Education Studies, Yale University 

Jonathan Endelman , Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Community Resilience Building Program Organizer, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area

John Hartley, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Founding Executive Director, Pathways for Mutual Respect, New Haven, CT
Kristin Plys, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dissertation: “Anticolonial Labor Movements and the Postcolonial Totalitarian State: Indian Coffee House from Independence to Emergency, 1947-1977”

Class of 2016

Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu, Ph.D.
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen, Germany
Dissertation: “United in Religion, Divided by Ethnicity? Why Islam Fails as A Supranational Identity in Turkey”


Class of 2015

Sorcha Brophy, Ph.D.
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Dissertation: “Making Morals: Standard-Setting in Organizations”

Seongsoo Choi, Ph.D.
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher, Sociology and Social Demography, University of Oxford
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
Dissertation: “Educational Choice and Institutional Contexts: Three Essays on Educational Stratification in Comparative Perspective

Joseph Klett, Ph.D.
Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz, CA
Dissertation: “The Social Life of Noise”

Carolyn Ly, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Assistant Professor of Sociology, Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD
Dissertation: “Meaning and Merit in American Municipal Firefighting”

Elizabeth Roberto, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  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”

Jensen Sass, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra
Dissertation: “Remaking Monsanto: Commodification as Corporate Strategy”

Yingyao Wang, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  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)


Class of 2014

Thomas Crosbie, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Assistant Professor, Royal Danish Defense College, Cophenhagen, Denmark
Initial Placement:  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”

Alison Gerber, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Postdoctoral Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden
Dissertation:  ”Art Work?: Employment, Markets, and Valuation in the Visual Arts”

Matt Lawrence, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Reed College, Portland Oregon

Natalie Nitsche, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  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?”


Class of 2013

Jeffrey Guhin, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  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”

Esther Chihye Kim, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Xiaohong Xu, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
Dissertation: “Revolutionizing Ethos: Powers of Organization in the Chinese Revolution”

Michael Yarbrough, Ph.D.
Current Placement:  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”