PhD Alumni

Samuel J. Abrams

Samuel J. Abrams

PhD in Political Science, 2010.
Professor of Politics and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College.
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute.
Christopher Adolph

Christopher Adolph

PhD in Political Science, 2005.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Washington.


Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan (2008-2009).

Book by Christopher Adolph

Christopher Adolph's first book, Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: the Myth of Neutrality has been published by Cambridge University Press (2013)

Winner of the Charles Levine Memorial Prize for Best Book in Comparative Public Policy and Administration, International Political Science Association, 2014.

Winner of the Mancur Olson Award for best dissertation in political economy, American Political Science Association, 2005.

Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander

PhD in Political Science, 2009.


Marcus Alexander works as a research scientist on human and social aspects of human networks.

Weihua (Edward) An

Weihua (Edward) An

PhD in Sociology, 2011.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Quantitative Theory and Methods, Emory University.
Asad L. Asad

Asad L. Asad

PhD in Sociology, 2017.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University.


Center for the Study of Inequality Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 2017-2019.

Winner of the Louis Wirth Best Article Award (with co-author Jackelyn Hwang, PhD'15) from the American Sociological Association's International Migration section, 2019.

Christopher Bail

Christopher Bail

PhD in Sociology, 2011.
Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University.
Director of the Duke Polarization Lab.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2011-2013.

Measuring Culture, by John W. Mohr et. al.Measuring Culture, by John W. Mohr, Christopher A. Bail, Margaret Frye, Jennifer C. Lena, Omar Lizardo, Terence E. McDonnell, Ann Mische, Iddo Tavory, and Frederick F. Wherry, has been published by Columbia University Press (July 2020).

Paul Lazarsfeld Award, Political Communication Section, American Political Science Association, for "Exposureto Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media," 2019.

Thomas Langford Lectureship Award, for a Duke faculty member who embodies the highest values of scholarship, teaching, and collegiality, 2019.

Guggenheim Fellow, 2018.

Andrew Carnegie Fellow, 2017.

Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became MainstreamChristopher Bail's first book, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, has been published by Princeton University Press (2014).

Outstanding Book Award, Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action,  2016.

Distinguished Book Award, Religion Section, American Sociological Association, 2016.

Honorable Mention, Charles Tilly Award for Best Book, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association, 2016.

Junior Theorist Award (for scholar less than 8 years post-PhD), Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 2015.

Lucy Barnes

Lucy Barnes

PhD in Political Economy and Government, 2010.
Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University College London


Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 2011-2013.

One of 41 recipients of the first wave of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships, awarded to early career researchers in any field of research and innovation, 2019.

Winner of the Best Paper Award from the European Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for her paper, "The Social Sources of the Gradient: A Cross-National Analysis of the Pathways Linking Social Class to Population Health," 2009.

Samuel Barrows

Samuel Barrows

PhD in Political Science, 2014.
Data Scientist, Uber


Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School, 2015-2017.

Natalie Bau

Natalie Bau

PhD in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, UCLA.


CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, 2016-2018. One of 18 exceptional early-career researchers from diverse science and social science fields selected to the inaugural cohort of the  CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program, sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. 

Angie Bautista-Chavez

Angie Bautista-Chavez

PhD in Government, November 2020.
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, School of Politics and Global Studies and Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research, Arizona State University (2020-2021).
Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University (beginning 2021).
Alex Bell

Alex Bell

PhD in Economics, 2020
Post-Doctoral Scholar, California Policy Lab at UCLA
Visiting Fellow, Harvard University
Monica C. Bell

Monica C. Bell

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2018.
Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University.


Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar  (2021-2022). Bell will work on a book about efforts to reform U.S. law and policy on race and class marginalization. Drawing in part on interview data from a participatory study of black youth, she concludes that policymakers often miss an important challenge confronting lawmakers in poor communities of color: legal estrangement, or the process through which institutions perpetuate the idea that marginalized groups do not fully share in all the rights and freedoms that flow to other Americans.

Suzanne Tassier Chair, Université libre de Bruxelles, 2020-2021.

Yale Law Women Faculty Excellence Award, 2019.

Harvard Law School Annual International Women’s Day Honoree, which recognized "women inspiring change through their outstanding contributions in the area of law and policy," 2019.

Deirdre Bloome

Deirdre Bloome

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2014.
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan.


Affiliated Scholar, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2019-2021.

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018.

Winner of the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award, American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, 2020.

Winner of the Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of Population Award, American Sociological Association Section on Population, 2015.

Winner of the American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, 2014, for "Racial Inequality Trends and the Intergenerational Persistence of Income and Family Structure,” American Sociological Review 79(6):1196-1225. 2014.

Leah Platt Boustan

Leah Platt Boustan

PhD in Economics, 2006.
Professor of Economics, Princeton University.


Winner of the IZA Young Labor Economist Award, 2019.

Best Adviser Award, Graduate Economics Club, Princeton University, 2018.

Leah Platt Boustan is the author of Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets, Princeton University Press (2017).

Winner of the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award for Outstanding Book in Social Science History, Social Science History Association, 2018.

Winner of Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize for Outstanding Book in North American Economic History, Economic History Association, 2018.

Leah Platt Boustan '06, Carola Frydman '06, and Robert A. Margo are the editors of Human Capital in History: The American Record, University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Human Capital in History
Awarded Strauss Fellowship, Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, NYU School of Law, 2013.

Wiinner of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to "126 early-career scholars [who] represent the most promising scientific researchers working today," 2012.

Winner of the  Economic History Association’s Alan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in US economic history, 2006.