Post-doctoral Fellows

Alphabetical, by last name

Elisabeth BeckerElisabeth Becker

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia

Elisabeth is a postdoctoral fellow with the Religion & Its Publics project at the University of Virginia, which seeks to bridge the gap between the academic study of religion and public conversations about religion. She received her PhD in Sociology from Yale in 2018. While at UVA, she will complete her first academic book, Unsettled Islam: Virtuous Contention in European Mosques, based on 2.5 years of ethnographic study in two of Europe’s largest mosque communities, which is under contract with University of Chicago Press. Elisabeth is also the Principal Investigator for the MAP-NYC project with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding, measuring the impact of Muslims on the social, political and economic life of New York City; a non-residential fellow at the New America Foundation, Muslim Diaspora Initiative; and a non-residential fellow with the Humility & Conviction in Public Life project at the University of Connecticut. In addition to her academic work, which has been published by Ethnic & Racial Studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Social Science & Medicine, Elisabeth writes for mainstream outlets on issues related to religion, diversity, migration and inclusion, including The Washington Post, The Forward, UN Dispatch and Global Dialogue. Her trade book, On the Edge of the Worlds, chronicles inter-religious marriage in an increasingly divided world and is represented by Jessica Craig Literary.

Alison GerberAlison Gerber

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lund University, Sweden

Laura Milanes

Laura Milanes (Laura M. Milanes-Reyes) received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at University at Albany, State University of New York. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to complete a M.A. in Sociology from the University at Albany after earning a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of the Andes (Colombia).

Her research addresses meaning-making about the economic sphere, using the insights of cultural and economic sociology. Her dissertation examined the media’s construction of The Great Recession and the 1998 crisis in Colombia. This project compared the civic logics in the U.S., part of the Global North, to those found in Colombia, a country of the Global South. It also examined the prevalence of civic logics versus other institutional logics in the media coverage of these crises.

Laura co-authored with Elizabeth Popp Berman “The Politicization of Knowledge Claims: The ‘Laffer Curve’ in the U.S. Congress” (Qualitative Sociology, 2013) and has also undertaken a project examining CEO personal profiles in two media outlets. (Previous CCS Predoctoral Fellow, 2014 - 2017)