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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

Felicia Arriaga

Research and Teaching Interests
Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crimmigration (criminalization of immigration policy and procedure).


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2018
  • Certificate in College Teaching (in progress) 2016 - present
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University 2015
  • B.A. with Honors in Sociology, Duke University, Davidson, NC 2012

Dissertation: "THE BROWNING OF THREAT: The “Unintended” Aftermath of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a New Destination Community."

(Committee: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, (chair), Martin Ruef, Jessi Streib, and Amada Armenta )

Bryce Bartlett

Research and Teaching Interests
Population Health, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2018
    • Vorsanger-Smith Scholar
    • Fellow, Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences
    • Pre-doctoral Trainee, National Institutes of Health (3T32AG000139)
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University, 2015
  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2005
    • Top 5%; Law Review
  • B.A., English, Brigham Young University, 2002

Dissertation Title:  "Well-Being in the Context of Changing Social Landscapes"

(Committee: Linda K. George (chair), Stephen Vaisey, Kenneth C. Land, Scott Lynch)

Brent Curdy

Research and Teaching Interests
Survey Methods, Experiments with Human Subjects, Cross-Cultural Surveys, Identity theory, and Social Problems


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University 2015
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 2012
    • Highest distinction at the University and Highest Honors in Sociology
  • Arabic Language certification, Defense Language Institute 2003

Dissertation Title: "Error Revisited: the meaning and ramifications of variance for Affect Control Theory"

(Committee: Lynn Smith-Lovin (chair), Stephen Vaisey, Linda K. George, Kenneth Spenner)

Jaemin Lee

Research and Teaching Interests
Social Networks, Political Sociology, Mathematical Sociology, Computational Social Science
  • Ph. D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University, 2015
  • B.A., Sociology, Yonsei University, 2009

ASA Mathematical Sociology Outstanding Dissertation-in-Progress Award 2017

Dissertation Title: "The Social Origins of Opinion Dynamics: Consolidation, Structural Cohesion, and Political Polarization"

(Committee: James Moody (Chair), Christopher A. Bail, Martin Ruef, Lynn Smith-Lovin)

Jonathan Morgan

Research and Teaching Interests
Affect Control Theory, Social Networks, and Social Psychology


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University, expected 2018
  • M.A., Sociology, Duke University, 2015
  • B.A., Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • B.A., Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
    • Honors Thesis: Nietzsche, War, and Social Memory Highest Distinction

Dissertation Title:

(Committee: Lynn Smith-Lovin (chair), James Moody, Kenneth Spenner, Jesse Hoey)

Carlos D. Tavares

Research and Teaching Interests
Race and Ethnicity; Medical Sociology; Social Stratification and Inequality; Aging and the Life Course; Religion


  • Ph.D, Sociology, Duke University, Expected May 2018
    •  National Institutes on Health- National Institute on Aging T32 Pre-Doctoral Trainee
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2010
  • M.A., Sociology, Lehigh University, 2006
  • B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Sociology Eastern Nazarene College, 2004
  • B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Psychology, Eastern Nazarene College, 2004

Dissertation Title: “When Class Doesn’t Fully Protect. Black Middle-Class Health and Coping with Perceived Racism.”

(Committee: Eduardo Bonilla Silva (co-chair), Linda George (co-chair), Tyson Brown, William (Sandy) Darity Jr., Jessi Streib)