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Cohorts XV & XVI

Front Row: Patty Strach, Matthew Levy, Anna Levine, Colin Jerolmack
Back Row: Sharon Bzostek, Hahrie Han, Hilary Levey, Christine Percheski

Cohort XV (2008 - 2010)

Colin Jerolmack received a Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York in 2008. His primary fields of research are urban communities and environmental sociology. His dissertation is a comparative ethnography that examines the ways that relations with animals structure urban life.  He is currently completing a book based on the dissertation, to be published by the University of Chicago Press.  As an RWJF Scholar, he is interested in studying the relationship between animal control policies and the perceived threat of zoonotic diseases.  He is also researching how people who are socially isolated make decisions about their health, and if they suffer health disparities independent of poverty.  After completing the Program, he will assume a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at New York University.

Phone: 617-496-6085
Fax: 617-496-1636
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Patricia Strach received a Ph.D. in political science from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2004 and is currently on leave from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she is an assistant professor in the Departments of Political Science, and Public Administration and Policy.  Her research examines the relationship between social and political institutions in American public policy.  Previously, she mapped the role of family in the policy process and the consequences for policy when social practices changed over time.  Currently, she is working on a project that looks at when and why advocacy groups that wish to solve a social problem choose to turn to government (hence making public policy) and when and why they take alternative strategies (e.g. fundraising, marketing).

Phone: 617-496-6075
Fax: 617-496-1636


Christine Percheski received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2008. Her primary research interests are in women's employment, family demography, and social inequality. Dr. Percheski's recent work has considered questions of how family characteristics correlate with employment including whether becoming a father affects employment differently for married and unmarried men, how the child penalty on women's employment has changed across birth cohorts of college-educated women in professional occupations,and how the employment patterns of new mothers vary by whether they are married, cohabiting or lone mothers. In future research projects, she will consider the effects of employment policies (including parental leave and paid sick days) on maternal and child health, as well as how increasing instabilities in employment and family life place low-income families and racial/ethnic minorities at risk of health insurance coverage losses. After completing the program, she will assume a position as assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Phone: 617-496-6219
Fax: 617-496-1636


Anna Levine received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2008. Her research interests include industrial organization economics and health economics. Her dissertation examines the impact of market structure on the returns to innovation in the biotechnology pharmaceutical industry. As a Scholar, she is interested in continuing to explore how market structure and competition impact the effects of regulation and the direction of innovation in the health care industry. Following the program, she will join the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor.

Phone: 617-496-6070
Fax: 617-496-1636

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Cohort XVI (2009 - 2011)
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Sharon Bzostek received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests are in the fields of family demography, childhood inequality, and health disparities. Current research projects include an examination of mothers’ re-partnering patterns after non-marital births, a study of child health disparities resulting from instability in family structure, and an analysis of differences in maternal and paternal reports of children’s health status. As an RWJ scholar, Bzostek will be studying parental refusal of early childhood vaccinations. After completing the program she will assume a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University.

Fax: 617-496-1636

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Hahrie Han received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2005, and will be on leave from Wellesley College, where she is the Sidney R. Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on ways people become motivated to participate in politics, particularly among the underprivileged.  Her current research examines the role that political organizations (such as civic associations, parties, and campaigns) play in motivating participation and the dynamics of political mobilization around key policy issues.

Phone: 617-495-5286
Fax: 617-496-1636

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Matthew Levy received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.  His primary research interests are in the fields of public economics and behavioral economics. His dissertation examined the effect of psychological biases on addiction and the demand for cigarettes and consumer prediction errors on the demand for fuel economy in cars.  As a Scholar, Dr. Levy is interested in exploring how consumers' systematic departures from rational choice affect their health decisions, the effects these have on medical and health insurance markets, and the potential for policy-makers to help overcome these market failures.

Phone: 617-495-5365
Fax: 617-496-1636

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Hilary Levey received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests are in childhood and family, culture, gender, and qualitative methods. Her dissertation (under contract with the University of California press) examined the development of competitive children's activities for elementary school-age children and how families experience three case study activities-- chess, dance, and soccer. Previous work has examined child beauty pageants, Kumon after-school learning centers, and the role of children in ethnographic research.  While in the program she will investigate the rise of children's injuries from youth sports.

Phone: 617-495-5296
Fax: 617-496-1636


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