Sociology and Social Policy

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.

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.

Anmol Chaddha

Anmol Chaddha

PhD in Sociology & Social Policy, 2015.
Research Director, Equitable Futures Lab, Institute for the Future.
Victor Tan Chen

Victor Tan Chen

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2012.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University.


American Sociological Association Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (2012-2014).

Cut LooseVictor Tan Chen's book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, based on his doctoral dissertation, has been published by the University of California Press (2015).

Winner of the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for “contributions to research that address industrial relations/employment problems of national significance.” Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2017.

Winner of College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016.

Co-winner of the Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2012.

The Missing ClassKatherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen are the authors of The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, Beacon Press (2007).

Andrew Clarkwest

Andrew Clarkwest

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2005.
Senior Associate for Social and Economic Policy, Abt Associates.
Carrie Conaway

Carrie Conaway

AM in Sociology and Social Policy, 2001.
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Carrie Conaway, formerly Chief Strategy and Research Officer for the Massachusetts Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education, joins the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a senior lecturer beginning July 2019.

President, Association for Education Finance and Policy, 2018.

Nicole Deterding

Nicole Deterding

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2015.
Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.


National Poverty Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015-2017.

Cybelle Fox

Cybelle Fox, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Cybelle Fox

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2007.
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2009.

Three Worlds of ReliefCybelle Fox's most recent book, Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal, compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. Princeton University Press (2012).

Fox won six book awards for Three Worlds of Relief, including the 2012 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her next book project focuses on the rise of citizenship and legal status restrictions in American social welfare policy from the New Deal to the present.

Co-Winner of the 2014 Barrington Moore Book Award, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Book Award, Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Winner of the 2013 Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award, International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.

Co-Winner of the 2013 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Winner of the 2012 Award for Best Book in Latino Politics, Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

Winner of the 2012 C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Sara Sternberg Greene

Sara Sternberg Greene

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2014.
Associate Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law.


Sara Sternberg Greene is an interdisciplinary scholar whose interests span consumer law, bankruptcy, poverty law, access to justice, tax, and contracts. Broadly concerned in her scholarship with the relationship between law and inequality, Greene has recently focused on the role of the law in perpetuating and exacerbating poverty and inequality.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Sarah Halpern-Meekin

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2009.
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Social Poverty, by Sarah Halpern-MeekinSarah Halpern-Meekin's second book, Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties, focuses attention on the nature of social ties among low-income, unmarried parents, highlighting their often-ignored forms of hardship. Forthcoming from NYU Press (2019).

It's Not Like I'm PoorIt's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World, by Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Kathryn Edin, Laura Tach, and Jennifer Sykes. University of California Press (2015).

David J. Harding

David J. Harding

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2005.
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
Faculty Director, Social Science D-Lab


On the Outside: Reentry and ReintegrationOn the Outside: Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration, by David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Jessica J.B. Wyse, has been published by the University of Chicago Press (2019).

Winner of the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award, American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, 2014.

Living the DramaLiving the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys has been published by the University of Chicago Press (2010).

Finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2010.

Winner of the Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, 2012.

Hope Harvey

Hope Harvey

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2018.
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University.


Society for the Study of Social Problems Poverty, Class, and Inequality Division Graduate Student Paper Award, 2018

Society for the Study of Social Problems Family Division Graduate Student Paper Award, 2017.