Emily Philipp Bryant is a third-year doctoral student in Sociology at Boston University. Her past research has con- sidered how defendants testifying on their own behalf at the Interna- tional Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda employed various vocabulary techniques to account for their alleged actions in the 1994 genocide. Emily’s current research examines the diffusion of microfinance funding practices across US foundations, and her fu- ture research will explore the valuation mechanisms underlying the decision-making processes of foun- dations engaged in transnational giving, particularly as this giving supports market-based approaches to poverty alleviation.
Rebecca Farber is a third-year doctoral student in Sociology with a concentration in Gender/Sexuality Studies at Boston Uni- versity. Her dissertation examines medical tourism in Thailand and how the changing healthcare market impacts Thai transgender women, or kathoey. Rebecca will conduct ethnographic research to understand how kathoey’s societal roles, health care access, and employment outcomes have changed as Thailand has become a global leader in medical tourism. Rebecca attended Bryn Mawr College and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
Carly Knight is a PhD Candidate in sociology at Harvard University. Her dissertation explores the question of how the state structures corporate-society interactions through a historical investigation of the origins and changing meanings of the “corporate person” metaphor in American law. She also is involved in several other research projects related to corporations, markets, and inequality. Current projects examine how labor market considerations affect gender attitudes, the efficacy of antidiscrimination law on corporate behavior, and occupational segregation by sexual orientation. Her research has appeared in Adminis- trative Science Quarterly.
Kim Pernell-Gallagher is a PhD Candidate in sociology at Harvard University. Her dissertation is a comparative historical project that investigates why different countries developed different banking regulations in the years leading up to the recent global financial crisis. She finds that regulators in different countries adopted different policies because they subscribed to different conceptions of economic order, which can be traced back many decades. Another line of research uses quantitative methods to examine the rise and spread of risky, ineffective, or harmful organizational practices. One paper from this research program, “Learning From Performance: Banks, Collateralized Debt Obligations, and the Credit Crisis” received the 2014 James D. Thompson Award for the best graduate student paper from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association. Her research has been published in Social Forces and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Barbara Kiviat is a PhD student in sociology and social policy at Harvard University. Her research interests include economic sociology, stratification, and public policy. Her current project examines the spread of personal data, like credit history, into new social domains. She holds an MPA from New York University and an MA in business journalism from Columbia University.
Alaz Kilicaslan is a PhD Candidate in sociology at Boston University. His research interests include economic sociology, sociology of work, sociology of organizations, and medical sociology. He is particularly interested in the restructuring of work and workplace relations in professional fields. His dissertation project is a comparative study, which examines the organizational changes in Turkish public hospitals, characterized by the monetization and bureaucratization of healthcare service delivery. Accordingly, he conducted a year-long field research in Istanbul, Turkey between September 2014 and August 2015, by focusing on how two hospitals and their respective physicians respond to organizational changes in different ways, and how physicians’ professional power and identities are being transformed in the process.
Will Attwood-Charles is a fourth year doctor- al student in sociology at Boston College and a member of Juliet Schor’s Connected Consumption and Connected Economy research team. His research interests include economic and organizational sociology and the sociology of work. He is particularly interest- ed in how work is organized and reorganized, as well as the experiences of individuals in relation to this process. His past research has examined the deployment of “lean production,” a management model developed by the auto manufacturer Toyota, in the context of two healthcare organizations. His current research draws on ethnographic fieldwork from a makerspace to explore how hierarchies are produced and reproduced in leveled, “post-bureaucratic” workplace environments.