CCS Graduates

Academic Outcomes

Isaac Reed

PhD ~ 2007  “Outline of an Interpretive Sociology: Meaning, Theory, and History in Social Analysis”
Current Placement: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia
Previous Placement: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Honors and Awards:   
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2008)
Junior Theorist Award, American Sociological Association Section on Theory (2014)
Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting, American Sociological Association (2015)

Lisa McCormick

PhD ~ 2009 “Playing to Win: A Cultural Sociology of the International Music Competition”
Current Placement: Lecturer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Previous Placement: Associate Professor, Haverford College
Honors and Awards:     
SAGE prize in excellence and/or innovation for “Higher, Faster, Louder: Representations of the International Music Competition” Cultural Sociology, 3(1):5-30. 2010.

Ateş Altınordu

PhD ~ 2010 “The Rise and Transformation of Religious Politics: Political Catholicism and Political Islam in Comparative Perspective”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Turkey
Honors and Awards:     
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2011)

Dominik Bartmanski

PhD ~ 2011 “How Icons Work: Material Culture and Post-Communist Transformation in Berlin and Warsaw, 1989-2009”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Previous Placement: European Social Fund Postdoctoral Fellow, Masaryk University
Honors and Awards:     
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2012)
International Sociological Association (ISA) Junior Theorist Prize for, “How to become an iconic social thinker: the intellectual pursuits of Malinowski and Foucault,” European Journal of Social Theory 15(4), (2012)

Rui Gao

PhD ~ 2011 “Eclipse and Memory: Public Representation of the War of Resistance in Maoist China and its Official Revision in Post-Mao Era”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Honors and Awards:     
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2013)
John Addison Porter Prize, Yale University Graduate School (2011)

B. Nadya Jaworsky

PhD ~ 2011 “”It’s just not Main Street anymore!” Mapping out the Boundaries of Belonging in a New Immigrant Gateway”
Current Placement: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Previous Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Andrew Junker

PhD ~ 2012 “Sacred and Secular Protest in Chinese Diaspora: Falun Gong and the Chinese Democracy”
Current Placement: Hong Kong Director, Yale-China Association, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Previous Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Valparaiso University
Previous Placement: Harper Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor, Society of Fellows and Social Sciences Collegiate Division, University of Chicago
Honors and Awards:
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2014)

Matthew Norton

PhD ~ 2012 “Culture and Coercion: Piracy and State Power in the Early Modern English Empire”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon
Honors and Awards:     
Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article, Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association (2015) for “Classification and Coercion: The Destruction of Piracy in theEnglish Maritime System.” American Journal of Sociology 119 (6).

Samuel Nelson

PhD ~ 2013 “A Global Millennium: Empire and the Invention of Evangelicalism on the Margins of the Confessional State, 1688-1745”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, McGill University, Canada
Previous Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Michael Yarbrough

PhD ~ 2013 “I Now Declare You: State Law and the Making of Marriage in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor of Law and Society, John Jay College, City University of New York
Current Placement: Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg, SA
Honors and Awards:     
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2015)

Thomas Crosbie

PhD ~ 2014 “Democratic Oversight and Military Autonomy: The U.S. Army’s Management of American Journalism, 1939-2004”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Military Operations, Royal Danish Defence College, Copenhagen DK
Previous Placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Research on Military Organization, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
Honors and Awards:     
Army Research Institute Grant (co-PI Meredith Kleykamp) (2015)

Alison Gerber

PhD ~ 2014 “Art Work? Tradition, Rationalization, and the Valuation of Contemporary Artistic Practice”
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lund University, Sweden
Previous Placement: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden

Joseph Klett

PhD ~ 2015 “The Social Life of Noise”
Current Placement: Research Fellow,  Institute for Research, Chemical Heritage Foundation
Previous Placement: Research Associate, Science and Justice Research Center, University of California-Santa Cruz
Previous Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Carolyn Ly-Donovan

PhD ~ 2015 “Meaning and Merit in American Municipal Firefighting”
Current Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Augustana University

Sorcha Brophy

PhD ~ 2015 “Making Morals: Standard-Setting in Organizations”
Current Placement: Lecturer, Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
Previous Placement:  Kenneth P. Dietrich Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh  

Timothy Malacarne

PhD ~ 2015 “Schooling as a Social Process: Creation and Consequence of Adolescent Society in American High Schools”
Current Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science, Mount Holyoke College

Jensen Sass

PhD ~ 2015 “Remaking Monsanto: Commodification as Corporate Strategy”
Current Placement: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, Australia

Shai Dromi

PhD ~ 2016 “The Religious Origins of Transnational Relief: Calvinism, Humanitarianism, and the Genesis of Social Fields”
Current Placement: College Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Sociology
Previous Placement: Lecturer, Harvard University, Department of Sociology
Honors and Awards:     
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University (2018)
Certificate of Excellence in Teaching - The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (2018)
Best Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association Section on Global Transnational Sociology (2016)

Mira Debs

PhD ~ 2016 “Diverse Parents, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori, Fit and Conflict in the Era of School Choice”
Current Placement: Executive Director, Education Studies. Yale University

Isabel Jijón

PhD ~ 2018 “The dignity of working children? Globalization and morality in debates over child labor.”
Current Placement: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Non-Academic Outcomes

Tanya Goodman

PhD ~ 2004 “Setting the Stage for a “new” South Africa:  A Cultural Approach to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission”
Current Placement: Owner/Publisher of Chapel Lane Media, South Africa
Previous Placement: Independent Researcher, Multimedia project: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Martin de Santos

PhD ~ 2007 “Public Numbers and Fact-Totems: Country Risk and the Cultural Life of Statistics in Argentina 2001”
Current Placement: CEO, Product & Strategy @Handouts: Simple classroom worklow • Co-Founder

Caroline Gray

PhD ~ 2010 “Disfigured Forms: Surgical Alterations of the Body”
Current Placement: Research Sociologist at Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), Department of Veterans Affairs
Previous Placement: Senior Qualitative Research Associate, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Previous Placement: Associate Service Fellow, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Elisabeth Breese

PhD ~ 2012 “Interpreting the News: A Cultural Sociology of Journalistic Discourses in the United States”
Current Placement: Marketing Director, Panorama Education, Boston
Previous Placement: Senior Content and Digital Marketing Strategist, Crimson Hexagon, Boston

Sarah Egan

PhD ~ 2012 “Hounded Out: Performative Success and Political Failure in the English Pro-hunting Movement”
Current Placement: Learning Content Manager - ‎GoConqr, Ireland

Inge Schmidt

PhD ~ 2012 “When Good Ballots Go Bad: Voting ritual (and its failure) in the United States”

Yasushi Tanaka-Gútiez

PhD ~ 2014 “Towards a New Cultural Sociology of Mass Mobilizations: A Comparative Analysis of Occupy Wall Street”

Jin Su Joo

PhD ~ 2016 “The Cultural Logic of Heritage Redevelopment Mega-Projects: The Distillery District in Toronto and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul”
Current Placement: Strategist, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Fresh Squeezed Ideas

Andrew Cohen

PhD ~ 2017 “Advertising as Cultural Production”
Current Placement: Jr. Strategist, Phenomenon