Ph.D. Students

Greer Mellon

Greer Mellon

gcf2106@columbia.edu
Greer
Mellon
Department: 
Sociology
Areas of Interest: 
sociology of education, economic sociology, labor markets, inequality
Education: 

M.Phil. in Development Studies, University of Oxford; B.A. (magna cum laude) Columbia University

Katharine (Kate) Khanna

Katharine (Kate) Khanna

knk2121@columbia.edu
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox Hall 616
Areas of Interest: 
Social Inequality; Gender; Cultural Sociology
Education: 

B.A. Anthropology & French Studies, honors, Brown University (2013)

Biographical Note: 

Kate Khanna is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. She is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia and a National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP Fellow. Her research interests include social inequality, gender, cultural sociology, identity, and social movements.

Kate holds a B.A. in Anthropology & French Studies with Honors and magna cum laude from Brown University, where she conducted research on the way adolescents use gendered language and its implications for gender socialization. In her honors thesis, she showed how female high school students use and are described by others using a broader range of gendered terms than male students. Her analysis argued that norms of masculinity deter male high school students from using "feminine" terms, demonstrating how masculine is coded as "good" and feminine is coded as "bad."

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Kate worked as Research Associate at the Institute for Community Health in Boston and was a Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology at Wellesley College.

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Martin Barnay

Martin Barnay

Martin
Barnay
Department: 
Sociology

Tiffany J. Huang

Tiffany J. Huang

tjh2150@columbia.edu
Tiffany
Huang
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox Hall 608
Education: 

MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health (2014)

B.A., Public Health and French, University of California, Berkeley (2010)

Biographical Note: 

Tiffany J. Huang is a PhD student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, Tiffany worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), where she helped local health departments advance health equity and social justice through community health improvement planning. Previously, she served as a Public Health Association Program fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Xiaoyu Zhang

Xiaoyu Zhang

Xiaoyu
Zhang
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox Hall 616

Sandra Veronica Portocarrero

Sandra Veronica Portocarrero

UNI: 
svp2118
svp2118@columbia.edu
Sandra
Portocarrero
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology, Diversity Management, Organizations
Education: 
M.A. in Sociology. Columbia University 
B.A.  in Sociology. High Honors. 
University of California, Berkeley
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Larry Au

Larry Au

UNI: 
la2606
la2606@columbia.edu
Larry
Au
Ph.D. Student
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
612
Office Hours: 
https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/zigxf
Areas of Interest: 
Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge and Expertise
Biographical Note: 

Larry Au is a Ph.D. student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University with broad interests in political sociology, economic sociology, and the sociology of science. His current project examines the work of scientists who translate ideas from traditional Chinese medicine to the field of biomedical sciences through processes of boundary-making and boundary-crossing. The project is supported by summer grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Another project that he is working on looks at the emergence of precision medicine as a distinct field of research and medicine in the United States and in China. This project is supported by a pilot grant from the Precision Medicine and Society Initiative.

Larry holds a B.Sc. in Social Analysis and Research with Honors and magna cum laude and a M.A. in History from Brown University. His undergraduate thesis received the Alumni Award for Best Sociology Thesis and the Samuel Lamport Prize for International Understanding. Larry also holds a M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where he was a member of St. Antony's College and the Department of International Development.

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Benjamin Elbers

Benjamin Elbers

UNI: 
be2239
be2239@columbia.edu
Benjamin
Elbers
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox 506
Areas of Interest: 
Stratification, Education, Historical Sociology
Education: 

PhD Student, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, 2015-

Visiting PhD Student, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2014-2015

B.A., University of Lüneburg (Germany), 2014

Jordan Joseph Brensinger

Jordan Joseph Brensinger

UNI: 
jjb2173
jjb2173@columbia.edu
Jordan
Brensinger
Department: 
Sociology
Areas of Interest: 
Big data, culture, education, inequality, race and ethnicity, science and technology
Biographical Note: 

Jordan Brensinger is a Ph.D. student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow. His ongoing work lies at the intersections of culture, inequality, science and technology, organizations, and education. He is currently completing a project, based on a year-long ethnography, exploring the moral orders that animate American higher education and their impact on the moral identities of minority students.

In his dissertation project, he plans to explore how the rise and expansion of "big data" and "data science" transforms important social processes, including human subjectivity, social classification, and ethical decision-making around technology.

Jordan recieved a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish from Messiah College, where he focused on mathematical theory and Latino politics in the United States. After working in commercial real estate, he transitioned to service in the education development sector in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, during which time he also completed a Certificate in Middle East Cultures and Religions at Jerusalem University College. After returning to the United States, Jordan studied social policy with an emphasis on inequality and domestic and global higher education, earning his M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. As this brief blurb suggests, he has met a lot of fantastic people and places around the world while serving in various capacities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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Joss Greene

Joss Greene

jtg2129@columbia.edu
Joss
Greene
Department: 
Sociology
Education: 

 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

M.A., Gender & Women's Studies (2015)

 

Scripps College, Claremont, CA

B.A., summa cum laude, History (2011)

B.A., summa cum laude, Gender & Women’s Studies (2011)

Biographical Note: 

 Joss Greene is a PhD student in Sociology, a Dean's Diversity Fellow, and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University.  His interests center around crime and punishment, classification, and gender.  His current research focuses on transgender people's experiences with the criminal justice system.

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