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Esha Chatterjee

Esha Chatterjee is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and a National Poverty Fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality. Her research addresses the causes of within-occupation income inequality, the structure of racist attitudes in the U.S., and the changing relationship between marital and labor market mobility. 

Maximilian Hell

Maximilian Hell is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and a research assistant at the Center on Poverty and Inequality. His research interests include trends and patterns in inequality and intergenerational mobility in the United States. His work on declining absolute mobility, in collaboration with Raj Chetty, David Grusky, and Nathan Hendren, was published in Science and widely covered in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and many other outlets. He received an M.Sc. in sociology from Oxford University, and a B.A. from Sciences Po Paris.

Jasmine Hill

Jasmine Hill is a Ph.D candidate in sociology at Stanford University interested in race, class, and social mobility. She is a National Poverty Fellow at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and co-editor of Inequality in the 21st Century with David B. Grusky (Westview Press 2017). Her dissertation aims to shed light on the mechanisms creating and undermining social mobility for African Americans … especially those who haven’t gone to college. She also writes about the relationship between the Black middle class and their low-income family members.

Molly M. King

Molly M. King is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She studies inequalities in information and knowledge and the implications of these inequalities for people's lives. Molly's dissertation examines how these inequalities in information have changed over time and how they differ by class, gender, and race. She also studies gender inequalities in science careers and credit for the creation of knowledge.

Juan Pedroza

Juan Pedroza is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, Graduate Fellow at Stanford's Center for Poverty and Inequality, and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. His research interests span immigration, social demography, and inequality. He is interested in the role local contexts play in creating and cementing divergent immigrant outcomes . As a graduate student, he mapped and analyzed where noncitizens experience punitive deportation outcomes. In the future, he plans to continue analyzing where immigrants settle and how meso- and macro-level structures shape their lives.

Colin Peterson

Colin Peterson is a graduate research fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality and a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Stanford. He is interested in income and class mobility, labor markets, occupations, and race. His current research projects focus on occupational reproduction, workplace automation, and local program evaluation.

Katie Wullert

Katie Wullert is a Ph.D. student in the sociology department with research interests in labor market inequality, occupational norms, and mobility. She is currently working on a project examining the ways in which norms of overwork prevalent in many professional and managerial occupations may generate inequality, especially gender inequality, in the workplace. Katie also serves as a research assistant on a project studying trends in intergenerational occupational mobility as well as a project investigating organizational correlates of hiring discrimination.

On the Job Market

Koji Chavez

Koji Chavez received his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University in 2016, and is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Washington University in St. Louis under the guidance of Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield. He conducts qualitative and quantitative research on gender, racial, and ethnic inequality within organizations. His current research is a case study of engineering hiring at a high technology firm in Silicon Valley that focuses on how managerial decision makers—those who screen, evaluate, and eventually hire new workers—create gender disparities in the organization’s workforce.