Harvard Alumni List

Rodney Andrews 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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Jake Bowers Ph.D.

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

Joanna Veazey Brooks 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 Brooks holds a Ph.D. 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. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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 Ph.D. 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. After completing the program, she assumed a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Wendy Cadge Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Cadge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. She 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
		

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
Discipline: Sociology
		

Avraham Y. Ebenstein Ph.D.

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

Dr. Ebenstein received his Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley in 2007. 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.

Discipline: Economics
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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