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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).

Porsha Cropper

Porsha Cropper

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2012.
Deputy of Education and Workforce Development for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Katherine Levine Einstein

Katherine Levine Einstein

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2012.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University.


Do Facts Matter?Katherine Levine Einstein's first book, Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in Democratic Politics (co-authored with Jennifer Hochschild), explores the harmful effects of misinformation on democratic politics. Published as part of the The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series by the University of Oklahoma Press (2015).

Neighborhood Defenders, by Katherine Levine Einstein, David M. Glick, and Maxwell PalmerHer second book, Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis (with David Glick and Maxwell Palmer, investigates the politics of housing. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (February 2020).

Katherine Levine Einstein is currently the co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, a multi-year data set of survey-interviews of U.S. mayors exploring a wide variety of political and policy issues.

Nathan Fosse

Nathan Fosse

PhD in Sociology, 2012.
Sociologist, Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Junior Fellow, Harvard University (2011-2013).

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.


Ann Owens has been named one of four new William T. Grant Scholars, 2019-2024. The program supports promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences with five-year research awards designed to expand their expertise into new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

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.

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.

Dana Rotz

Dana Rotz

PhD in Economics, 2012.
Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research.
Brendan Saloner

Brendan Saloner

PhD in Health Policy, 2012.
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, University of Pennsylvania (2012-2014).

Brendan Saloner's research focuses on the intersection of health and social policy, particularly on the role of health insurance in promoting access to care, financial protection, and wellness. He serves as co-leader of the Addiction and Overdose working group of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University.

Winner of the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Emerging Investigator Award, 2019. The award recognizes scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show exceptional promise for future contributions.

National Academy of Medicine Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics, 2015-2017.