May Serve as Departmental Members of Masters and Dissertation Committees

Sherod Thaxton

Sherod Thaxton is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, with courtesy appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Sociology. He teaches Criminal LawCriminal AdjudicationFederal White Collar Crime, Capital Punishment, and Introduction to Legal Analysis. His scholarships centers on quantitative empirical legal studies, with a substantive focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, and the sociology of crime and punishment.

Philippe Bourgois

Philippe was Professor and Chair of Anthropology at San Francisco State University in the 1990s and founding Chair of Social Medicine at UCSF from 1998 to 2005. He moved to the University of Pennsylvania as the Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Community Medicine. He started the formal MSTP MD/PhD tracks in Anthropology at both UCSF and the University of Pennsylvania.

Aaron Panofsky

Panofsky’s main research interest is in the sociology of science and knowledge with a special focus on genetics. He recently published his first book, Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (Chicago, 2014), is an analysis of the causes and consequences of controversy in the field of behavioral genetics. A second major project is investigating how patient advocate groups are seeking to affect the research process in the medical genetics of rare disorders.

Christopher Tilly

Chris Tilly conducts research on bad jobs and how to make them better.  Trained as a labor economist (Ph.D, Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, MIT), he has pursued this topic from his first book, Half a Job (1996) to his most recent one, Where Bad Jobs Are Better.  In recent years he has shifted his focus to go beyond the United States and incorporate international and comparative research (especially building on fieldwork in Mexico), has begun to study informal as well as formal employment, and has looked more closely at grassroots organ

Michael Goldstein

Walter Allen

Katherine Stone

Professor Katherine Stone is a leading expert in labor and employment law in the United States. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2008 and a Russell Sage Fellowship for 2008-2009 for her work on the changing nature of employment and the regulatory implications. Her recent book, Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract Of Employment (Katherine V.W. Stone and Harry Arthurs) (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013) described changes in employment laws to address the changing nature of employment in ten industrial countries.

Francis (Perry) Anderson

Laura E Gómez

Meredith Phillips

Her research focuses in particular on the causes of ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in educational success and how to reduce those disparities. Her current research projects include a random-assignment evaluation of the efficacy of two low-cost college access interventions and an ethnographic longitudinal study of adolescent culture, families, schools, and academic achievement. Phillips and her colleagues also recently developed school and classroom environment surveys for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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