Sociology

Karen R. Albright Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Affiliated Faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Albright received her PhD in Sociology from New York University. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the barriers to their care, and potential solutions for improving care (e.g., collaborations between public health entities and private practices). In recent years, she has become particularly interested in how distrust of pharmaceutical medicine and the U.S. health care system affects health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Albright’s research has been published in a wide variety of social scientific and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Academic Pediatrics, Sociological Forum, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her research has been funded by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Science Foundation. She is the Vice-President Elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Rene Almeling Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dr. Almeling received her PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2008. Her research interests are in gender, markets, medicine, and genetics. She recently completed a book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market in Eggs and Sperm, which compares how reproductive cells, and the women and men who donate them, are culturally and economically valued (University of California Press). This project received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. As a Scholar, she interviewed genetic counselors for a new research project on how gendered ideas about bodies shape the presentation of genetic knowledge. She also initiated a survey research project on women's experiences of in vitro fertilization. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Megan Andrew Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Michigan Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Andrew received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2009.  Her research focuses on the intergenerational and social psychological determinants of young adults’ education and health attainments.  In previous research, she has evaluated the intergenerational impacts of serious health events in the parent generation, the life course production of education and health attainments among youth and young adults, and the association between socioeconomic segregation and infant health.  Her research has been published in Social Forces, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science Research, Sociological Methodology, and more.  Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the University of Michigan’s Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, and Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality.  

Discipline: Sociology
		

Denise L. Anthony Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dr. Anthony received her PhD and MA from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, and a faculty affiliate at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. From 2014-17 she was Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives. From 2008-2013 she was Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth

Discipline: Sociology
		

Elizabeth M. Armstrong Ph.D., M.P.A.

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Department of Sociology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
Princeton University, Princeton , NJ

Dr. Armstrong has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a MPA from Princeton University. Her research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, social determinants of health, and medical ethics. She is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and articles on family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, and the sociology of pregnancy and birth. Her current research includes a longitudinal study of agenda setting around disease in the U.S. and a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics. She holds a joint appointment in the department of sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is a faculty associate at both the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing there.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Christopher A. Bail Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Michigan Alumni List
Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Bail received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2011. His primary interests include political and cultural sociology, civil society organizations, and mixed-method research. His  book entitled, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. While in the Program, he studied the role of emotions in health communication using an innovative research design that mines information about the behavior of hundreds of millions of people using a Facebook app. He is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Jennifer S. Barber Ph.D.

— Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Barber is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, at the University of Michigan. Her research is at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy.   She recently completed a data collection project on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  The "Relationship Dynamics and Social Life" project included weekly surveys for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interviews, observation, and administrative data, in order to explore the types of attitudes, relationships, and contraceptive practices that produce early and/or unintended pregnancies. She also currently holds a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – she is spending time at a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit, as well as Planned Parenthood. She is currently working on a proposal to implement a fractional factorial design, coupled with intensive longitudinal data collection, to evaluate a web-based intervention aimed at increasing contraceptive use and reducing teen pregnancy.

Discipline: Sociology
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Rachel Best Ph.D.

Cohort 19 — Michigan Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Best received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Her research asks how policies and laws respond to social problems. She is currently writing a book about the rise of social movements targeting diseases. This work explains why disease advocacy emerged, how it shaped federal medical research politics, and why disease advocates tend to lobby for medical research instead of medical care. After completing the program, she joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor.

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Joan R. Bloom Ph.D.

Professor of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Bloom is Professor of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.  She holds a doctoral degree in sociology from Stanford University, and has published widely in sociology and public health journals. Dr. Bloom is principal investigator for a number of research grants.  Her research interests include studies of educational support groups for young women with breast cancer; breast and cervical cancer intervention among low income and minority women; quality of life of cancer survivors, and interventions to improve the breast health of Afghan women.  Dr. Bloom is on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Cancer Center. She is also the Evaluation Chair for the State of California Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Committee, the Co-Chair of the research, surveillance, evaluation Committee for the Dialogue for Cancer in California, and is associated with the Institute of Industrial Relations.

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Christopher J. Bonastia Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center, Bronx, NY

Dr. Bonastia received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001.  Dr. Bonastia’s work focuses on historical explorations of race, policy and politics.  His first book, Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs, was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press.  His recent book, Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was published in early 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.  The latter project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In summer 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Harvard University.  His work has also been published in the Journal of Policy History (examining civil rights enforcement in health care), the Du Bois Review, Social Science History and Social Problems, among other publications.

Discipline: Sociology