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 2019


Celene Reynolds, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University beginning in Summer 2019.

Class of 2018

Elizabeth Becker, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Religion and Politics, University of Virginia

Dissertation: “Unsettled Islam: Virtuous Contention in European Mosques.”

Isabel Jijon, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University

Dissertation: “The priceless Child on the global Periphery: or How Bolivia Changed it’s Child Labor Laws.”

Wei Luo, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

Dissertation: “The Entrepreneurial Organizaiton of Finance: The Emergence of Family Banking in Southwest China, 1900-1950.”

William McMillan, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Humility and Conviction in Public Life Residential Fellow, UCONN

Dissertation: “Cosmopolitan Calvinists: Global Religion in a Secular Age.”

Michael Sierra-Arevalo, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dissertation: “Police, Culture, Peception, and Practice in the Three U.S. Cities.”

Samuel Stabler, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Adjunct Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York 

Dissertation: “Secularization Spaced Out: Religious Logistics and the New England Wilderness.”

Luke Wagner, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Adjunct Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dissertation: “Fields of Cultural Contention: Nationalism, Religion, and Constitutional Change in Nepal.”

Class of 2017

Sara Bastomski, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Dissertation: “The Causes and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence and Urban Neighborhoods.”

Mira Debs, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Director, Education Studies, Yale University 
Dissertation: Diverse Parents, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori, Fit and Conflict in the Era of School Choice.”
Jonathan Endelman, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Community Resilience Building Program Organizer, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.

Dissertation: “The imperial Citizenship Project: Constitutional Ottomanism in the Nineteenth Century.”

John Hartley, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Founding Executive Director, Pathways for Mutual Respect, New Haven, CT

Dissertation: “Religious Exclusivists Taking Inclusive Action: Theorizing Exclusivist Practice in Muslim-Christian Relations.”

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Ph.D., joing with African American Studies
Current Placement:  Chancellor’s Professor Law/Faculty Affiliate with African American Studies and Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Dissertation: “The Trauma of Till and Trayvon”

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

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”

Shai Dromi, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                      Current Placement: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Harvard University                          Dissertation: “The Religious Origins of Transnational Relief: Calvinism, Humanitarianism, and the Genesis of Social Fields.”

Timothy Malacarne, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Visiting Lecturer, Mount Holyoke Colege

Dissertation: “Schooling as a Social Process: Creation and Consequence of Adolescent Society in American High Schools.”

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”

Jin Su Joo, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Associate Strategist, Fresh Squeezed Ideas, Toronto

Dissertation: “The Cultural Logic of Heritage Redevelopment Mega-Projects: The Distillery District in Toronto and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul.”

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”

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)”