Ph.D. Students

Devon Tyrone Wade

Devon Tyrone Wade

dtw2114@columbia.edu
Devon
Wade
Areas of Interest: 
Urban Sociology, Crime & Deviance, Social Mobility and Racial & Ethnic Inequality
Education: 

Columbia Univeristy, New York, New York

M.A., Sociology (2013)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

B.A., cum laude, Sociology and Criminology (2010)

B.A., cum laude, African & African American Studies (2010) 

Biographical Note: 

Devon Wade is a doctoral student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in the department of sociology at Columbia University. Devon’s substantive research areas are urban sociology, crime & deviance, social mobility and racial & ethnic inequality. His current doctoral research focuses the understanding of inequality along racial and class lines as it pertains to criminality and urban areas. In particular, he is interested in the collateral consequences that incarceration has on the family - more specifically, the impact that stigma has on this group of children and how perception is influenced. Devon is a recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the Truman Scholarship, the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Fellowship.


Devon balances his research agenda with community involvement and advocacy. His passion is youth advocacy and mentoring. He has traveled across the country speaking at prisons, providing motivational and keynote addresses, as well talking about the effects of parental incarceration at various conferences. He works with a non-profit organization in Houston, TX for children of incarcerated parents called No More Victims as well as organizations in New York City that aid children from low-income areas.

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Sachs

Sarah Elizabeth Sachs

UNI: 
ses2137
ses2137@columbia.edu
Sarah
Sachs
Graduate Student
Department: 
Sociology
Areas of Interest: 
sociology of big data, classification, science knowledge and technology studies, work and organizations, qualitative methods, ethnography
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Nicol Valdez

Nicol Valdez

UNI: 
nmv2116
Nicol
Valdez
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Anthony Urena

Anthony Urena

UNI: 
au2172
au2172@columbia.edu
Anthony
Urena
Areas of Interest: 
Medical Sociology, Health Inequality, Risk, Gender & Sexuality, Race & Ethnicity
Education: 

Columbia University, M.A, Sociology (2014); 

Brown University, B.A, honors, Sociology (2012); B.A, Human Biology - Health and Disease (2012)

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Biographical Note: 

Anthony is a PhD student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. His research interests include Health Inequality, Risk, and Gender & Sexuality. His work focuses on the role of risk perceptions in the persistence of health disparities in marginalized communities.

Anthony holds a B.A. in both Sociology and Human Biology from Brown University. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he produced an ethnography detailing the persistence of HIV/AIDS in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan and slum neighborhoods. His honors thesis in Sociology drew from his experiences volunteering at several Brazilian AIDS NGOs in the evaluation of contemporary prevention and awareness strategies. 

At Columbia, Anthony continues to study the experience of health inequality. His dissertation research explores the formation of illness risk perceptions at the governmental, community, and individual level. Variance in risk perceptions within and across these groups can lead to different illness risk management behavior. An improper consideration of this variance, he argues, can lead incomplete interventions that may not be fully contextualized for the communities that need them most. His work examines the complexity of the HIV/AIDS experience among New York City's MSM of color population and how risk perceptions may vary by age.

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Erela Portugaly

Erela Portugaly

UNI: 
ep2661
ep2661@columbia.edu
Erela
Portugaly
Areas of Interest: 
Household expenditure, Mental health, Gender family and Academia
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Moran Levy

Moran Levy

UNI: 
ml3436
Moran
Levy
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Byungkyu Lee

Byungkyu Lee

UNI: 
bl2474
bl2474@columbia.edu
Byungkyu
Lee
Biographical Note: 
Byungkyu Lee is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. His research interests include social networks, organizations, political sociology, sociology of health and illness, social psychology, and social genomics. He received his BA in Business Administration and his MA in Sociology from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
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Luciana de Souza Leao

Luciana de Souza Leao

UNI: 
ldl2112
ldl2112@columbia.edu
Luciana
Leao
Biographical Note: 

Luciana is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. Her research interests include Comparative-Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Science, Knowledge and Technology (STS), Inequality, Social Policies and Development. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Puc-Rio and a M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal

UNI: 
ag3291
Anand
Gopal
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Brittany Fox-Williams

Brittany Fox-Williams

UNI: 
bnf2102
bnf2102@columbia.edu
Brittany
Fox-Williams
Education: 

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Finance (2008)

Columbia University, Master of Public Administration, Urban & Social Policy (2012)

Biographical Note: 

Brittany Fox-Williams is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. Brittany's research interests include Children and Youth, Education, Race and Ethnicity, Social Inequality, and Public Policy. Her dissertation research examines inequality in youth-authority relations in the education and justice systems. Presently, she serves as a graduate student co-coordinator of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop at Columbia University.

Brittany completed her undergraduate studies at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where she graduated as Valedictorian.  She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Urban Social Policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). While at SIPA, she served as a graduate assistant to former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Brittany worked in commercial banking (New York City & Philadelphia), and micro-finance and youth development (Ho, Ghana).

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