Sociology and Social Policy

Matissa Hollister

Matissa Hollister

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, McGill University.

Awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, 2018.

Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte

AM in Sociology and Social Policy, 2007.
Teacher and Author, Concord Academy.


Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte is the author of Black Marks (Akashic Books, 2006). She was awarded the Astraea Emerging Writer Award in 2006 and was a finalist for A Room of Her Own's Gift of Freedom Award in 2007.

David  Hureau

David Hureau

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2016.
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York.
Faculty Affiliate, University of Chicago Crime Lab.
Jackelyn Hwang

Jackelyn Hwang

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, 2015-2017.

Tracey (Shollenberger) Lloyd

Tracey (Shollenberger) Lloyd

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2015.
Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute.


Tracey Lloyd is a senior research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where she coleads the center’s Policing and Crime Prevention research team.

Helen B. Marrow

Helen B. Marrow

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2007.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University.


Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2008-2010.

Winner of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring, Tufts University, 2019.

New Destination DreamingNew Destination Dreaming: Immigration, Race, and Legal Status in the Rural American South draws on 129 in-depth interviews and a year of participant observation to understand how Hispanic/Latino newcomers are being incorporated into or excluded from economic, social, institutional, and political life in new immigrant destinations of the rural U.S. South. Stanford University Press, 2011.

Winner of the Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award, American Sociological Association Latino/a Sociology Section, 2011.

Winner of the 2008 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award for best dissertation submitted in the previous calendar year for her dissertation, "Southern Becoming: Immigrant Incorporation and Race Relations in the Rural and Small-Town U.S. South."

Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


In Search of Deeper Learning, by Jal Mehta and Sarah FineJal Mehta's latest book, co-authored with Sarah Fine, In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, has been published by Harvard University Press (2019)

What would it take to transform industrial-era schools into modern organizations capable of supporting deep learning for all? Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s quest to answer this question took them inside some of America’s most innovative schools and classrooms—places where educators are rethinking both what and how students should learn.

Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2016-2017.

Winner of the Morningstar Family Teaching Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2014.

The Allure of OrderJal Mehta's is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling, which recounts a century of attempts at revitalizing public education, and puts forward a truly new agenda to reach this elusive goal. Oxford University Press (2013).

The Futures of School ReformThe Futures of School Reform, edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess, represents the culminating work of a three-year discussion among national education leaders convened by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Harvard Education Press (2012).

Winner of the Spencer Foundation's Exemplary Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001: Ideas and the Rise of Accountability Politics," 2010.

Winner of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Politics of Education, 2008.

Richard Mora

Richard Mora

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2009.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Occidental College.


Donald Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teacher, Occidental College, 2017.

Winner of the Linda and Tod Whilte Teaching Prize, Occidental College, 2014. 

Bikila Ochoa

Bikila Ochoa

PhD in Sociology & Social Policy, 2009.
JD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
Deputy Director, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition
Melanie Penny Ochoa

Melanie Penny Ochoa

PhD in Sociology & Social Policy, 2011.
JD, Harvard Law School, 2010.
Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California.


Melanie Penny Ochoa is a staff attorney for Criminal Justice and Police Practices at the ACLU of Southern California.

Ann Owens

Ann Owens

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2012.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Management, University of Southern California.
Associate Director, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, USC Price School of Public Policy.


Raubenheimer Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Member for the Social Sciences, University of Southern California,  2016-2017.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, a fellowship that supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research, 2016-2017.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, 2012-2013.

Kristin L. Perkins

Kristin Perkins

PhD in Sociology & Social Policy, 2017.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, 2017-2019.
Sanjay Pinto

Sanjay J. Pinto

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2012.
W.K. Kellogg Fellow, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University.
Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.


Fellow, The Worker Institute, Cornell University.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, 2012-2014.

Louis O. Kelso Fellow, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, 2012-2013.

Cassi Pittman Claytor

Cassi Pittman Claytor

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2012.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Case Western Reserve.


Shelia Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, 2018.

Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2017.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, 2012-2014.