Sociology

Aaron Benavidez

Aaron Benavidez

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Aaron Benavidez is a doctoral student in Sociology. He received his B.A. in Sociology and Rhetoric (double major) from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

He continues to explore his interests in race, poverty, urban sociology, gender, violence, and suffering.

Kristina Brant

Kristina Brant

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Kristina Brant is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Harvard University and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy.  Prior to coming to Harvard, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Economics.

Kristina’s research interests focus on the structural and cultural factors which condition transition to adulthood. Specifically, she is interested in how criminal justice and education policies and programs affect young people’s social-cognitive processes, including self-awareness, information processing, and decision making. In her research, she hopes to combine in-depth fieldwork and quantitative analysis to study these effects.

Kristina also works as a Research Assistant for the National UnDACAmented Research Project, studying the effect of Deferred Action on undocumented youth's life trajectories and perception of self.

Kreg  Steven Brown

Kreg Steven Brown

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Steven is a PhD candidate in the sociology department. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. His primary area of research addresses racial inequality in the workplace and in the labor market, but he has also completed work and maintains interest in housing disparities and residential segregation. 

His dissertation-in-progress examines potential root causes of racial differences in job loss and experiences of unemployment. The three empirical chapters consider career trajectories before job loss, differences in reasons for separation at job loss, and the how conditions at separation influence employment outcomes after job loss. 

In addition to being a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program, he is also the recipient of both the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. 

Anny Fenton

Anny Fenton

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Anny Fenton hails from Maine and is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research focuses on economic sociology, education, inequality, race and ethnicity.

She is currently focused on two research areas: (1) examining the effect changing community demographics has on nationalist parties in the UK and (2) how people's economic activity and relationships are influenced when they engage in new consumption practices like car sharing and time banks that blur the line between private and public goods and services.

Prior to entering the PhD program, Anny worked as a management consultant for PA Consulting Group. She holds an AB in Sociology (magna cum laude) from Cornell University.

Carly Knight

Carly Knight

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Carly Knight is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. Prior to joining the department, she graduated from Duke University with a degree in Economics and Political Science. She subsequently worked in Washington D.C. for two years as a researcher with the Urban Institute.

Her research interests fall at the intersection of economic, political, and historical sociology and she is especially interested in the application of quantitative methods to historical questions.

Her dissertation explores the origins and changing meanings of the metaphor of corporate personhood in American law.

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Ph.D. student in Sociology
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Ph.D. Scholar in Poverty and Justice

Angela is a PhD student in sociology. She plans to study how delinquent adolescents transition out of crime in an era when traditional turning points like marriage and steady employment are increasingly difficult to attain in disadvantaged communities. Angela is particularly interested in how family structures and relationships impact the life course trajectories of high-risk youths. She graduated with a BA in sociology from Yale, where she did an ethnographic study of a women’s drug treatment facility of her senior thesis.

Christy Ley

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Christy Ley is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at Harvard University, a Research Associate in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School, and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Broadly, her research covers organizational behavior, work culture, and gender inequality. Her dissertation, in particular, focuses on career experiences and success strategies across science, engineering, business, and finance professions within the life sciences industry (including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies).

Previously, Ley worked as a legal analyst at BlackRock, the global investment management company. She holds an AB in Sociology (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and an AM in Sociology from Harvard University.

Margot Moinester

Margot Moinester

Ph.D. student in Sociology
Margot Moinester is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy.
 
Prior to her doctoral studies, Margot led a regional assessment of access to healthcare in northeast Montana as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and conducted research with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) in Chicago.
 
Her research interests include immigration policy and enforcement, health inequalities, and crime and punishment. 

Mo Torres

Mo Torres

Ph.D. student in Sociology
Inequality and Wealth Concentration Ph.D. Scholar

Mo Torres is a PhD student in sociology. He studies urban inequality, particularly in the areas of policing, housing, and education.

Before graduate school, Mo was a public school teacher in Detroit. He has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including Teach For America (in Chicago and Philadelphia), Lighthouse Academies (in Detroit), and The New Teacher Project (in Washington, DC).

Mo received a bachelor’s in history and Chicana/o studies from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. He is originally from Sacramento, CA.... Read more about Mo Torres

Nathan Wilmers

Nathan Wilmers

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Nathan Wilmers is a PhD candidate in Harvard Sociology, researching wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology, and the sociology of labor. In his dissertation, he studies how shifting relations between companies affect wage inequality. Rising earnings inequality since the 1970s has come mostly from growing wage differences between different companies, not between co-workers. Drawing on economic sociology, Wilmers provides new evidence on the distributional effects of supply chain restructuring, rising product market concentration, and skill segregation across firms.

Tom Wooten

Tom Wooten

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Tom Wooten is a doctoral student in sociology. He studies young people and class attainment. His dissertation project is an ethnography of the transition to college for first-generation students from New Orleans public schools, and he is writing a mixed-methods paper about how undergraduates at Harvard use their extracurricular activities to construct personal authenticity with an eye toward future elite employment. 

Tom is also interested in post-disaster social upheaval and retrenchment. With his college roommate Utpal Sandesara, he wrote a social history of the 1979 Machhu Dam Disaster titled No One Hand a Tongue to Speak (Prometheus 2011). He also wrote an account of post-Katrina recovery efforts in five New Orleans neighborhoods titled We Shall Not Be Moved (Beacon 2012). Since 2011, he has researched how students, parents, teachers, and community members have experienced market-based changes to the New Orleans education system.

Tom graduated from Harvard College in 2008 and enrolled in Harvard’s sociology PhD program in 2012.