Harvard Alumni List

Rodney Andrews (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Director, Texas Schools Project and The University of Texas at Dallas Education Research Center
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

Dr. Andrews received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2007. Dr. Andrews's dissertation examined both Texas's Top Ten Percent Rule and the changes in applications and admissions at the University of Michigan due to the changes brought on by the United States Supreme Court decisions in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. As a Scholar, he investigated the impact of both familial health and children's own health on the human capital acquisition of disadvantaged children. His interest was also in estimating the impact of early-onset psychiatric disorders on various labor market outcomes of African-Americans and Caribbean-Americans. Currently, Dr. Andrews is an assistant professor of economics at University of Texas in Dallas.

Discipline: Economics
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Jason Barabas (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Barabas received his PhD is from Northwestern University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. In his research, Professor Barabas blends interests in American politics--particularly representation and public opinion--with scholarship on public policy, political psychology, and methodology. A central question motivating him comes from democratic theory: do citizens get what they want from government? Consequently, most of his research emphasizes the public dimension of public policy. Sometimes he focuses on attitudes toward reforms for major programs like Social Security or Medicare. Other times he concentrates on how citizens learn about issues from each other or the mass media. Dr. Barabas studies public opinion with an eye toward what role citizens play in the policy process.

Discipline: Political Science

Jake Bowers (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Dr. Bowers received a B.A. from Yale University and an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California- Berkeley. Since 2015 he has worked as a Fellow with the Office of Evaluation Sciences, the behavioral insights unit of the U.S. Federal Government. Professor Bowers' research interests include political behavior (especially political participation) and quantitative methodology (especially randomized experiments, observational causal inference strategies and computational statistics).

Discipline: Political Science

Joanna Veazey Brooks (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 20 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Dr. Veazey holds a PhD in Sociology and a Masters of Bioethics, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on the sociology of work and professions and the sociology of health care. She has a continued interest in medical education and training, including the development of occupational and professional identities. Current research examines the role of culture in quality improvement initiatives and the impact of the transformation of primary care medicine delivery on trainees.

Discipline: Sociology
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Sharon H. Bzostek Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Bzostek received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests are in the fields of family demography, childhood inequality, and health disparities. Current research projects include a study of differential self-rating of health by race/ethnicity, an analysis of child health disparities resulting from instability in family structure, a study of the patterns and consequences of health insurance coverage among children in the same family, and an investigation of differences in maternal and paternal reports of children’s health status.

Discipline: Sociology

Wendy Cadge Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor and Chair of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program., Department of Sociology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Cadge received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2002. Dr. Cadge's research focuses on religion in the contemporary United States as related to health and healthcare, immigration, and sexuality. Her first book, Heartwood: the First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Her most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine will be released by the University of Chicago Press in October 2012. Recent articles focus on medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians' experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. Dr. Cadge works regularly with the media and has published op-eds in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

Discipline: Sociology

Katherine Grace Carman Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Harvard Alumni List
Director of Behavioral Finance Form
RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Carman received her PhD from Stanford University. She is also a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Dr. Carman is particularly interested in how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices.

Previously, Carman was an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar.

Discipline: Economics

Damon Centola Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor and Director of Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Centola received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. He was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Non-linear Dynamics and Complex Systems.  He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Centola's work addresses the theory of how behaviors spread through social networks. His research uses computational models and online experiments to study innovation diffusion, social epidemiology and cultural evolution.  His papers have been published across several disciplines, including sociology, physics and public health, appearing in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. His work received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and has garnered the ASA's Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology. He has developed new computational and experimental technologies, including the NetLogo Agent Based Modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method for building online networks to promote diffusion.  Recent popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Discipline: Sociology

Avraham Y. Ebenstein Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Lecturer, Department of Environmental Economics and Management
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Ebenstein received his PhD in economics from University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He also received his MA in Applied Economics and BA in Economics at the University of Michigan. His fields of interest include labor economics, economic demography, and family economics. Dr. Ebenstein’s past research examined the impact of fertility control policy in China on the sex ratio, and investigated policies that might address the “missing girls” phenomenon in Asia.  He also explored linkages between declining fertility and increasing female labor supply in Taiwan and the United States in a comparative study.  As a Scholar, he studied the health impacts of environmental deterioration, and appropriate policy to balance the interests of industry and public health.

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Nicole Esparza Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Esparza received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2007. Her research interests include organizational dynamics, urban inequality, and economic sociology.  Dr. Esparza's dissertation used a multi-method approach to examine nonprofit organizations in twenty-six U.S. metropolitan areas.  This research explored how inter-organizational dynamics and social and political context affect the distribution of homeless services.  As a Scholar, she studied hospital patient “dumping,” a practice in which hospitals avoid high-cost patients by refusing to admit, transferring, and/or releasing patients in unstable conditions.

Discipline: Sociology