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Recent Graduates and Placements

The interdisciplinary and intellectual breadth of Michigan sociology creates employment opportunities for our PhDs across the academia and beyond. Our PhDs work not only in sociology departments, but in business schools, public policy schools, social work, and law schools. A number of our graduates have launched careers working for government agencies, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. The international focus of our department also positions our PhDs to work in both academic and non-academic positions around the globe.

Professors Sarah Burgard and Alford Young, Jr. celebrate with Tiffany Joseph on the occasion of her graduation from the University of Michigan Sociology doctoral program. Dr. Joseph is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University.

Some of the Different Paths Taken by Our Alumni

Sociology Departments at Research Institutions

Siwei Cheng - Assistant Professor of Sociology at New York University (Ph.D. 2015). Research Interests - life course perspective on intra-generational inequality, family demography, social networks, and quantitative methodology.

Mathieu Desan - Assistant Professor, University of Colorado - Boulder (Ph.D. 2016). Research Interests - social theory, political sociology, and crtical sociology

Marco Garrido - Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 2013).Research Interests - urban sociology, historical sociology, southeast Asia.

Lloyd Grieger - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University (Ph.D. 2010). Research Interests - poverty and social policy, family, quantitative methods.

Dan Hirschman - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University (Ph.D. 2015). Research Interests - economic sociology, sociology of law, sociology of organizations, and science studies

Maria S. Johnson - Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware (Ph.D. 2010). Research interests - role of race and gender within family relationships and federal family policy.

Emily A. Kazyak - Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska (Ph.D. 2010). Research Interests - sexuality, identity, law & society, gender, family, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies.

Alexandra A. Killewald - Professor of Sociology at Harvard University (Ph.D. 2011). Research Interests - work-family labor, stratification, demography

Ya-Wen Lei - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University (Ph.D. 2013). Research Interests - mixed methods, political sociology, law and society, cultural sociology, and economic sociology

Alwyn Lim - Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Southern California (Ph.D. 2012). Research Interests - organizations and institutions, global and transnational sociology, human rights and social movements

Jessi Streib - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University (Ph.D. 2013). Research Interests - social class, culture, family, education, qualitative methods


Academic Placements in Related Disciplines

Kerry Ard - Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (Ph.D. 2013). Research Interests - how social processes create and sustain environmental inequalities by race and class and the unequal health outcomes of this exposure.

Emily Bosk - Assistant Professor of Social Work at Rutgers University (Ph.D. 2015). Research Interests - child wellbeing, child welfare services and policy, integration of social service systems, and infant mental health.

Russell Funk - Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. 2014). Research interests - technology strategy, innovation management, networks, health care, economic geography, and data science.

Yan Long - Assistant Professor of International Studies at Indiana University (Ph.D. 2013). Research Interests - globalization, transnational social movements, gender and sexuality, Chinese Studies.

Besnik Pula - Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech University (Ph.D. 2011). Research Interests - comparative historical sociology, globalization and development, international political economy, nationalism and citizenship, history and politics in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East.

Ethan Schoolman - Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at Rutgers University (Ph.D. 2013). Research Interests - environmental and social implications of local food systems, inequalities in access to fresh and healthy food, localization as a social movement, and challenges to developing a culture of sustainability at institutions of higher education.

Liberal Arts Colleges

Kristie A. Ford - Associate Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College (Ph.D. 2006).  Research Interests - qualitative methodology, race and ethnicity, black identity, gender and sexuality, social inequality.

Tiffany Joseph - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University (Ph.D. 2011).  Research Interests - race, ethnicity, and immigration; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; research methods; experiences of faculty of color in academia; immigrants' mental health and healthcare access.

Helen K. Kim - Associate Professor of Sociology at Whitman College (Ph.D. 2005).  Research Interests - race and ethnicity, Asian Americans; American Jews, qualitative methods.

Katherine Lin - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College.  Research interests - how individuals experience competing social roles and expectations and the consequences for health and well-being.  Also socialization and professionalization processes in medical education.

Lynn Verduzco-Baker - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Albion College (Ph.D. 2011). Research Interests - race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, family, qualitative methods.


Eric Eide - Director of International Trade for the City of Los Angeles (Ph.D. 2011).  Specialties - globalization, emerging markets, technology transfer, public-private partnerships, outsourcing, organizational theory.

David Flores - Research Social Scientist at the USDA Forest Service (Ph.D. 2012). Specialties - labor, social movements, qualitative methods, political sociology

Melissa Forbes - Office of Policy and Program Analysis at FEMA (Ph.D. 2010).  Specialties - climate change adaptation, homeland security rick management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, policy development, organizational theory, corporate governance, economic sociology, curriculum development.

Bridget Lavelle - Senior Research Manager at the Washinton State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis Division. (Ph.D. 2013)  Specialties - family economic insecurity and social welfare policy.

International Institutions

Baris Buyukokutan - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boganzici University in Turkey.  (Ph.D. 2010).  Research Interests - intellectuals, the production of culture, habitus and subjectivity, art and literature, religion, historical methods.

Haijing Dai - Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  (Ph.D. 2010).  Research Interests - community organizing and development, state and civil society, poverty and social inequality, resistance and collective action, welfare policies and social services, reforms and contentions in post-socialist China, ethnography.

Anju M. Paul - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale-NUS College in Singapore (Ph.D. 2012) Research Interests - immigration, globalization, race, gender and labor.

Guillermo Sanhueza - Assistant Professor of Social Work at Pontifical Catholic University in Chile (Ph.D. 2014).  Research interests - crime and punishment, human rights

Hiroe Saruya - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Japan. (Ph.D. 2012) Research Interests - political sociology, social movements, historical sociology

Geoffrey Wodtke - Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto, Canada (Ph.D. 2014). Research Interests - urban poverty, group conflict and racial attitudes, class structure and income inequality, methods of causal inference in observational research.  

Program Statistics

In order to make the activity and culture of graduate programs more visible, we provide in the links below basic statistics about the Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan. The data and variables were selected to offer a more accurate and helpful picture than those provided by external sources.

Sociology Doctoral Program
Joint Doctoral Program in Public Policy and Sociology
Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Sociology