2009

Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander

PhD in Political Science, 2009.

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

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, has been published by the University of California Press (2015).

Felipe Kast

Felipe Kast

PhD in Public Policy, 2009.
Senator, National Congress of Chile.


Deputy, National Congress of Chile, 2014-2018.

Presidential Delegate for Chilean Reconstruction, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Chile, 2011-2012.

Minister of Planning and Cooperation, Government of Chile, 2010-2011.

Founder, Evolución Política, Chile.

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
Maria G. Rendon

María G. Rendón

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2009.
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine.


Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2011.

Dean’s Award for Inclusionary Excellence, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 2018.

Juan E. Saavedra

Juan E. Saavedra

PhD in Public Policy, 2009.
Economist, Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California .
Judith Scott-Clayton

Judith Scott-Clayton

PhD in Public Policy, 2009.
Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University Teachers College.


Featured Innovator, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2018.

AERA Educational Policy & Politics Early Career Award, 2016.

National Assn. of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Golden Quill Award, 2016.

Spencer Foundation Exemplary Dissertation Award, 2010.

Scott Winship

Scott Winship

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2009.
Executive Director, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.
Director of the Social Capital Project, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.