Jihye Yoo Lee

PhD Date: July 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: Friendship Networks and Adolescent Behavior: The Role of Network Structures in Facilitating Delinquent and Substance Use Behavior

Areas of Research/Teaching: Crime, Law, and Deviance; Drug and Society; Family; Demography; Quantitative Research Methods

Dissertation Committee: Ann Owens (Chair), Timothy Biblarz, Lynne Casper, Thomas Valente

Email: yoojihye@usc.edu

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Kyunghwan Lee

PhD Date: Spring 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: Making the Economy through the National Income

Areas of Research/Teaching: Economic Sociology; Comparative Historical Sociology; Sociological Theory; Science Knowledge and Technology; Political Sociology

Dissertation Committee: Andrew Lakoff (Chair), Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Kyung Moon Hwang

Email: kyunghwl@usc.edu

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Mary Ippolito

PhD Date: Spring 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: Postsecondary possibilities or private problems: Narrative futures in a public school

Areas of Research/Teaching: Sociology of Education; Sociology of Culture; Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility; Emerging Adulthood; Imagined Futures; Organizations, Occupations, and Work; Introduction to Sociology; Education; Social Problems; Qualitative Methods; Sociological Theory; Social Psychology Families

Dissertation Committee: Ann Owens (Chair), Paul Lichterman, Jody Agius Vallejo, Julie Posselt


Blanca Ramirez

PhD Date: Spring 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: Between Unjust Law and Racialized Client: The Role of the Immigration Attorney in a Legally Violent Context

Areas of Research/Teaching: International Migration; Sociology of Law; Latina/o Sociology; Gender; Qualitative Methods

Dissertation Committee: Jody Agius Vallejo (Chair), Manuel Pastor, Natalia Molina, Hajar Yazdiha



Karina Santellano

PhD Date: Spring 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: Selling and Drinking Cultura: Latinx Coffeeshops in Southern California

Areas of Research/Teaching: Latinx Middle Class; Entrepreneurship; Culture; Intersectionality; Racial Capitalism; Urban Sociology; Higher Education

Dissertation Committee: Jody Agius Vallejo (Chair), Leland Saito, Ben Carrington, Natalia Molina



Elisabeth Shimada

PhD Date: Spring 2023 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: In Health, in Sickness: Romantic Relationships During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Areas of Research/Teaching: Family Sociology; Social Stratification; Social Problems; Qualitative Methods; Intersectional Sociology; Sociology of Gender and Sexuality

Dissertation Committee: Jennifer Hook (Chair), Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Ann Owens, Emily Smith-Greenaway, Chris Finley


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