San Diego State University
October, 2014 - October, 2015

Ryan completed his PhD in the Economics Department. His primary research interests include environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics, political economy and the economics of deforestation and conservation policies.

Ryan's current research examines the role of political accountability in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon by comparing local jurisdictions with term-limited politicians to those with politicians eligible for reelection. He is also studying the role of government corruption and rule of law in explaining the effectiveness of protected areas to slow worldwide deforestation.

Jessica Cornick
Lieberman Research Worldwide, Los Angeles
December, 2013 - June, 2016

Jessica Cornick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Occidental, Jessica worked with Dr. Brian Kim on ego-depletion research.  After graduation, Jessica completed a two year commitment with Teach for America in Los Angeles where she taught seventh grade science. Concurrently, she earned her Multiple Subjects teaching credential from Cal State University, Northridge in 2009.  Jessica currently works with Dr. Jim Blascovich in the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. Her research interests include the role of social and cognitive resources in psychological and physical well-being. Specifically, Jessica is interested in how potentially threatening situations can be constructed such that individuals have reduced biological (cardiovascular, HPA axis) responses. Her current work examines the psychophysiological consequences of self-efficacy perceptions in overweight individuals.

Stanford University
June, 2012 - June, 2013

Her dissertation, “Social Movement Continuity and Abeyance: Feminist Mobilization on U.S. College Campuses,” is a mixed method (qualitative and quantitative), comparative study of U.S. college students' feminist mobilization. She explores the feminist identities, practices, and activist participation of college students on three different kinds of campuses.

Alison graduated with a PhD in Sociology from UCSB. She has begun a two year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. 

Cassandra Engeman
Department of Sociology
September, 2014 - January, 2016

Cassandra Engeman (PhD 2016 in Sociology) was awarded the European Commission's prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, which will support a two-year postdoctoral research position at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University. Her research will examine the drivers of parental and family leave policies using a mixed method, cross-national comparative approach. 

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
September, 2014 - September, 2015
January, 2012 - July, 2014

Miguel Delgado Helleseter teaches intermediate courses in the Department of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research is primarily in labor economics. Other fields of interest include public finance and industrial organization.

Miguel’s current research examines the Mexican labor market using postings from an internet job board, focusing in particular on the value of being bilingual in that market. Using this data, Miguel is also working with Peter Kuhn to analyze other aspects of the Mexican job market, as well as on-line job boards more generally.

Murray State University
February, 2013 - June, 2014

Her dissertation uses interview and survey data in order to examine how private and personal chefs negotiate tensions about their identity and status. It focuses on the distinctions they make between themselves and a variety of others, distinctions that may reinforce (yet also sometimes challenge) existing gender, class, and racial hierarchies. This research also explores the implications of cultural mandates to "follow your passion" (and career changes motivated by such mandates).   

Ali graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology and doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies from UCSB. She has started a position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Murray State University.

Barnard College

Heather accepted a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, at Columbia University.

Heather completed the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015. 

Heather's research contributes to our understanding of the significant role of gender composition and conflict in social movements, even those that are not primarily concerned with women’s rights, and how feminism develops in a variety of organizational forms within diverse institutions and movements. 

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Cal State Sacramento
January, 2012 - June, 2014

Jennifer Milosch received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in May 2014.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at California State University, Sacramento where she teaches introductory economics courses and applied econometrics. 

Her research interests are in labor economics and demography and family economics.  Her current research focuses on how different types of economic shocks affect marital stability.  In addition, She is working on projects involving female labor supply and household consumption and expenditure patterns.

February, 2012 - June, 2013

Veronica recently completed a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral position at the University of Southern California (USC). In fall 2015 Veronica will began teaching as an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Bryn Mawr College, and will also serve as an affiliated faculty in the Latin American, Latino and Iberian People, and Culture program.

Sonoma State University
January, 2014 - July, 2014

Erik's dissertation compared "smart growth" planning and development in several cities in the states of California and Oregon. Initially, nine individual building projects were assess through interviews with developers, planners, architects, and social activists. The dissertation sought to discover why urban growth actors and organizations would adopt sustainability planning. During the course of the research, it became clear that many of these projects face substantial financial challenges due to the difficulty maintaining successful commercial and retail spaces. The research has important implications for sociological theory, urban planning and development, and environmental sustainability. 

Erik received his PhD in Sociology from UCSB and is serving as a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University.

Harvard University
April, 2012 - June, 2013

Trevor's research is mainly empirical and often in a historical setting. One current project looks at rectangular land grids in early American cities and investigates their role in property rights security, population growth, and the location of industry and public infrastructure.  Two other projects he works on are generally concerned with the determinants of institutional adoption and public goods provision in common-pool resource settings with a focus on the level of heterogeneity within a group of resource users and its consequences.

Trevor graduated with a PhD from UCSB. He has begun his postdoc at Harvard.

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Anne Pisor completed her PhD in evolutionary anthropology. She also holds an MA in Applied Statistics from UCSB. Her primary research interest is the conditions under which individuals seek connections with out-group members, as proxied by trust and initial cooperation towards out-group members. She pursues this research with three horticultural populations from the Bolivian lowlands: the MosetĂ©n, the Tsimane', and the multicultural community of TucupĂ­. Beyond Bolivia, she also studies cross-population similarities and differences in morality and corruption, and she has previously researched patterns of physiological senescence in industrialized and subsistence societies. She spent nine months in Bolivia during 2014 and 2015 exploring the predictors of increased trust towards and cooperation with out-group members. She is also actively working on projects concerning (1) the persistence of corruption and (2) biases in credulity.

University of Richmond

Chris von Rueden is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on male status hierarchy in small-scale societies, including investigation of (1) how status is acquired over the life-course, (2) the reproductive and health consequences of status, (3) the role of leadership in solving collective action problems, and (4) the socio-ecological determinants of increases in status inequality. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has involved fieldwork with theTsimane forager-horticulturalists of lowland Bolivia, in collaboration with the Tsimane Health and Life History Project directed by Michael Gurven.

University of Sydney

Kevin is researching the effects of local labor market conditions on the behavior of individuals released from prison in the United States. This research is supported through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the American Statistical Association.

Kevin graduated from UCSB and has accepted an assistant professorship at Sydney.

National University of Singapore
January, 2012 - June, 2013

Her doctoral dissertation studies different aspects of financial and labor markets (particularly in developing countries) using various data sources and analytical tools. 

Wei Sun will be starting a job at the National University of Singapore. 

Nicholas Williams
University of Colorado
September, 2014 - June, 2015
RTI International
January, 2012 - August, 2014

Allison's researches leading issues in health economics and health policy.Her research focuses on the two largest insurance programs in the United States, Medicare and Medicaid. In one paper, she shows that Medicare's age 65 eligibility cutoff crowds-out the health insurance coverage of younger spouses of Medicare eligible individuals. Another paper demonstrates that Medicaid coverage of smoking cessation therapies reduces smoking among young mothers on Medicaid, not only improving the health of the mother but also potentially reducing secondhand smoke exposure of her children. Her current project focuses on the relationship between family structure and the gender gap in ADHD diagnosis. 

Allison graduated with a PhD in Economics from UCSB. She has taken a position as a Public Health Economist at RTI International.

Department of Economics
September, 2013 - June, 2016

Adam completed his PhD from UCSB June 2016. He has started a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Western Washington University.