Hire a Duke Ph.D.

We are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. Available below are Brief sketches of our placement candidates, including contact information, research interests and education. Some students also include a personal webpage link and/or their resume.

If you have questions about graduate student placement, please contact our Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies Jessica Ellington. If you have questions about our Ph.D. program in general, contact our Director of Graduate Studies Stephen Vaisey.

Job Candidates

Trenita Childers

Research and Teaching Interests
Medical Sociology, Race/Ethnicity, Migration, Inequality, Research Methods, Mental Health, Global Health, Latin America


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2017
  • Certificate in College Teaching (in progress) 2012 - present
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University, 2013
  • B.A. with Honors in Sociology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 2005

Dissertation: "'We are Not Foreigners’: Immigrant Status and Mental Health Among Ethnic Haitians in the Dominican Republic" (Committee: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (co-chair), Linda K. George (co-chair), Linda Burton, and Mary Hovsepian)

Jacob C. Fisher

Research and Teaching Interests
Social networks, Computational social science, Statistical & research methods, Organizations, Demography


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, 2016
  • M.S., Statistical Science, Duke University, 2015
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2008

Dissertation: Latent space and social psychological models for diffusion
Winner of the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section's Outstanding Dissertation in Progress award in 2015

M.S. Thesis: Latent space diffusion
Honorable mention for the ASA Methodology Section's Clifford C. Clogg award for best graduate student paper in 2016

(Committee: James Moody (chair), David Banks, Martin Ruef,  Ken Spenner, and Stephen Vaisey)