Sociology

Chloe Sariego

Chloe Sariego is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Broadly conceived, her research examines the cultural, social, and historical processes through which bodies, nations, and their borders take shape in the U.S. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, she will be researching how the use of assisted reproductive technologies in multi-status, queer families impacts the Immigration and Nationality Act’s hetero-normalization of sex-cells in birthright citizenship cases adjudicated in the United States.

Julia Adams
Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies

Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state formation; gender and family; social theory; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying large-scale forms of patriarchal politics and the historical sociology of agency relations. She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Grace Kao
IBM Professor of Sociology and Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (Secondary); Faculty Director; Education Studies; Director, Center for Empirical Research on Stratification and Inequality (CERSI)

Grace Kao is IBM Professor of Sociology; professor of ethnicity, race, and migration; faculty director of education studies; and director of the Center for Empirical Research on Stratification and Inequality (CERSI). She studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as they collectively relate to education and relationships among young people. She also has interests in the effects of migration on young people and has written papers on these topics in Mexico, China, and Spain.

Demar Lewis, Grad Policy Fellow

Demar Lewis is a PhD student in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale. Broadly, Demar is interested in analyzing how communities that have experienced historical and contemporary forms of violence—as a consequence of structural racism and/or state-sanctioning—are associated with communities where trauma, crime, and social inequities are most resilient today. His research focuses on investigating the national phenomena of 19th and 20th Century U.S. lynchings and 21st Century fatal police-citizen encounters.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Rourke O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of social and economic inequalities with substantive interests in household and public finance, economic mobility and population health.

ISPS graduate policy fellow 2022

Sandra Okonofua is a PhD student in Sociology at Yale University. Her research interests sit at the intersection of social stratification, social policy, race, class, gender and education. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the connections between local government laws, policies and educational inequality across race and class. Before coming to Yale, Sandra worked as a school counseling intern in Massachusetts, a high school science teacher in Philadelphia and as a ghostwriter for industry leaders. Sandra is a proud daughter of Nigerian immigrants and a DMV native.

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