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 2020

Roger Baumann, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hope College
Esther Chan, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Denise Lim, Ph.D. 

Current Placement:  Lecturer, Yale University
Mustafa Yavas, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Postdoctoral Associate, Social Sciences Division, NYU-Abu Dhabi  

Class of 2019

James Abbott, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Research Scientist, NYU-Abu Dhabi
Inkwan Chung, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Information Sociology, Soongsil University, South Korea
Till Hilmar, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Faculty Member, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, Bremen University, Germany
Javed Jaghai, Ph.D. 

Current Placement: Sr. Data Scientist, Premise, Washington, D.C.

Todd Madigan, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Candas Pinar, Ph.D.
Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Michael’s College
Nicholas Occhiuto, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School. Website
Celene Reynolds, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Inequality and Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University
Hirokazu Shirado, Ph.D. 
Current Placement: Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

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: Lecturer, Department of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

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:  Financing Management Group, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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., joint with African American Studies
Current Placement:  Dean and Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law

Dissertation: “The Trauma of Till and Trayvon”

Kristin Plys, Ph.D. 
Current Placement:  Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Dissertation: “Anticolonial Labor Movements and the Postcolonial Totalitarian State: Indian Coffee House from Independence to Emergency, 1947-1977”