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.

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.

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.


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.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan.


Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018.

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 Allan Sharlin Award, Social Science History Association,
  • Winner of Alice Hanson Jones Award, Economic History Association.

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 HistoryAwarded 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.

Brielle Bryan

Brielle Bryan

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2018.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University.


Winner of American Sociological Association Family Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, 2018.