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Stephanie Canizales
University of Southern California

Stephanie Canizales is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in the Department of Sociology. Stephanie specializes in Central American migration, race/ethnicity, and the 1.5 and second generations. 

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Raeven Faye Chandler
Penn State University

Raeven Faye Chandler is a PhD Candidate in Demography and Rural Sociology at Penn State University.  Her main areas of interest include health and immigration and her research focuses on individual, family, and community well-being.  She is particularly interested in spatial and social determinants of health and other forms of well-being including poverty and mobility along the U.S.

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Tressie McMillan Cottom
Emory University

Tressie McMillan Cottom is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she studies . stratification, organizations, and education. Her doctoral research examines mechanisms of within and between sector stratification within the context of  the rapid expansion of for-profit colleges like The University of Phoenix. Why have 2.5 million students enrolled in the most expensive, most contested sector of U.S. higher education? How is this era of higher education expansion different from previous eras?

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Matthew Curry
University of California, Los Angeles

Matthew Curry is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UCLA and a student affiliate at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR). His areas of interest include social stratification and education, particularly the causes and effects of educational inequalities. His dissertation focuses on how economic context impacts the causal effects of higher education on socioeconomic outcomes.

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Kathryn Anne Edwards
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Kathryn Edwards is a 4th-year PhD student in Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a proud native Texan and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Afterwards she taught English in Prague for one year and worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. for three before deciding to pursue her PhD. Kathryn’s focus is in Public and Labor Economics, and her dissertation will examine the interaction of the public and private safety net after job loss.

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Melina Juarez
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

I was born and raised in a small rural, farmworking community in California’s San Joaquin Valley. I am a PhD student of political science and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation doctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. I study the effects of public policy on immigrant health. I focus on immigrants of Latin American origin and my current projects focus specifically on the health of women and youth. My work aims at developing a critical understanding of the structures of power and privilege that inform policy and ultimately affect immigrant health.

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Katherine Maurer
New York University

Katherine Maurer, LMSW, is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Kate’s research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of family violence, particularly the study of the physiological impact of persistent family violence. She was a research fellow for three years with NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research conducting research on the social reproduction of structural disadvantage in the context of economic and ethnic/racial segregation and the application of social capital in social work policy and practice.

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Daphne Penn
Purdue University

Daphne earned her Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  Upon graduating, Daphne began her career as an educator through Teach for America.  Her experience as a Title I elementary school teacher informed her research interests within the substantive areas of education, race, class, gender, and mixed-methods.

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Sarah M. Rios
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sarah Rios is a doctoral student in the Sociology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research project examines the living conditions of farmworkers in the Central Valley, particularly as they relate to health disparities from daily exposure to contaminated air, water, and pesticides. Originally from Salinas-Watsonville Valley, California she developed a passion for healthy and sustainable environments after witnessing the effects of mono-agriculture on farmworkers’ health.

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Jennifer Scott
University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer (Jen) Scott is a doctoral candidate in social work at the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate student fellow at the UT Urban Ethnography Lab. Her research is focused on the experiences of people in poverty, particularly related to understanding the ways families and communities work together to support their economic survival and community-based initiatives to create long-term policy change. Concurrently with her research for the PhD, Jen has been working with Austin-based organizations dedicated to labor and immigrant rights.

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Alex Stanczyk
The University of Chicago

Alex is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her research interests include low-wage work, the US social safety net, poverty and social inequality, gender, and work-family policy. Her dissertation research will examine changes in family economic circumstances around a birth, and look at the effects of state-provided paid family leave policies on the economic wellbeing of families with infants.

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Julia Shu-Huah Wang
Columbia University

Julia Shu-Huah Wang is a social worker and a doctoral candidate at the Columbia University School of Social Work, concentrating in Social Policy and Policy Analysis. Her research interests include poverty and immigration, with a focus on family wellbeing. She is currently working on several research projects, including impacts of social assistance policies on child wellbeing and long-term family self-sufficiency; the cost-effectiveness of an economic empowering intervention in Uganda; immigration integration and enforcement policies; and racial disparities in maternal employment.

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Ellen Whitehead
Rice University

Ellen Whitehead is a third- year graduate student in the Sociology department at Rice University.  She is a graduate student affiliate with the  Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Culture, housed within Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.  Her areas of interest include the private and public safety nets and neighborhood-level poverty, with a broader focus on understanding how racial inequalities are transmitted across generations.  Ellen’s current projects examine resource sharing between extended kin, the implications of this kin suppo

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