Sophia Catsambis, Program Director and Full Professor

catsambis_fnPhD: NYU

Research areas: Sociology of education. Her work addresses national equity concerns in education through the use of large, longitudinal survey data of U.S. students, their families and schools. She has studied issues such as gender and race differences in mathematics and science, parental involvement in children’s education, inter-relationships between family, neighborhood, and school, as well as ability grouping in the elementary and middle grades. Her work has been funded by NSF and NIH and has appeared in top journals in the field of the sociology of education.
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Andrew A. Beveridge, Full Professor

beveridge2PhD: Yale University

Research areas: Demography. The demographer for the New York Times and founder of Social Explorer, an online data mapping tool for US Census and other Big Data, he works with large scale data and mapping over long time periods. He is currently engaged in an NSF-funded project on how interactive web visualizations are used.
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Joseph N. Cohen, Associate Professor

jcohenPhD: Princeton University

Research areas: Consumerism, household finances, and the middle class. Using large surveys, his work explores consumer credit and economic inequality in the United States. His recent finding that middle class debt relates to necessary expenses for housing, healthcare and education rather than luxury spending has received extensive press coverage, including The Washington Post and Bloomberg News.
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Charles Gomez, Assistant Professor

PhD: Stanford University

Research areas: Global science, knowledge flows, social networks, computational linguistics, Big Data, and computational social science. His work explores how knowledge and culture are shaped by national borders in a globalizing world. Specifically, he applies social network analysis and topic modeling to large-scale scientific publication data (e.g., Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science; Elsevier’s ORCID; and Microsoft Academic Graph, among others) to explore how knowledge flows and is shaped across academic fields around the world and over time. His work has appeared in Sociological Science and Social Networks. He previously worked for Facebook and Accenture.
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Amy Hsin, Associate Professor


Research areas: Sociology of education, sociology of the family and demography. Her work appears in top tier journals, including Demography and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research uses large, national datasets of students and their families. Her work on the Asian advantage in education had intensive press coverage including the Economist, Washington Post, NPR and other outlets. Her work on maternal employment, parental time use and child outcomes received press coverage in the Washington Post and BYU Radio. She currently serves on the editorial board of Sociology of Education.
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Holly E. Reed, Associate Professor

reedPhD: Brown University

Research areas: migration, health and demographic change in sub-Saharan Africa; African immigration to the U.S.; forced migration and refugees; higher education; policy research. Her work appears in leading demography journals, including Demography and Demographic Research. She was a policy researcher for six years at the National Academies, and she regularly serves on international panels focused on migration and refugee research and policy. She is also a faculty affiliate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and is on both the Sociology and Public Health faculties at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Mindy Rhindress, Full Adjunct Professor

rhindress2PhD: City University of New York Graduate Center

Research Areas: Transportation, Recreation, Environment. Her current work uses surveys to compliment Big Data to better understand the public’s behavior and attitudes around travel safety, travel patterns, fare payment systems, new service initiatives, park visitation, fishing, pollution, energy, and climate change. Mindy Rhindress, Ph.D., is also senior vice president and director of Abt SRBI’s Transportation, Recreation, Planning and Preservation (TRPP) group. With more than 35 years in the survey research industry, she is a frequent speaker at Transportation Research Board (TRB) and American Public Transit Association (APTA) events. Panel Member for Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Panel H-51: Understanding Changes in Demographics, Preferences, and markets for Public Transportation (2015-2017). She is a standing member at the TRB Fare Policy and Public Transit Committee and has organized workshops and chaired panels on a variety of topics, including use of social media and web panels in transportation research. She currently chairs the TRB panel on Use of Web in Transit Customer Feedback.
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Shige Song, Associate Professor

songPhD: UCLA

Research areas: Evolutionary social demography, causal inference, computation social science and Big Data computing. His work spans across demography, sociology, and evolutionary psychology. He is interested in understanding the evolutionary origins of human behaviors. His work on the adaptive human sex ratio variations were covered in Discovery Magazine, Science News, and Nature News, among many other outlets. His is currently working with jd.com, one of the largest online retail businesses in the world, to explore revolutionary new ways to conduct social science research in the era of Big Data. He has been using R since 1998, and he is particularly interested in extending R to handle TeraBytes and even PetaBytes of data.
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Ryan Sperry, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sperry photoPhD: Columbia University

Research areas: Organizational sociology, social networks, and technology. His past research focused on the relationship between organizational and institutional change, strategic processes, and work practices. This research further analyzed how digital technologies affected the structure of organizations and online environments. His past research also includes a study of how work groups interacted within large hierarchical corporations and how actors used specific linguistic strategies during meetings. He has engaged in a mixed methods approach using ethnographic studies and content analysis in these areas.

Suzanne Strickland, Chancellor’s Lecturer

strickland2MA: Boston College

Research Areas: International development, immigration, social policy. Her work focuses on post-war development and on the political economy of immigration, especially in relation to social and economic assimilation. Most recently, she is completing a seminal study of the Afghan community in Queens, New York, the largest Afghan community in the U.S. and the destination of choice for the majority of new Afghan immigrants. She has provided consultation and policy briefings to local, state, and congressional, most recently related to public and private investment in Afghanistan.
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Charles F. Turner, Full Professor

turner2PhD: Columbia University

Research areas: Health, Survey research methods. A leader in the field of survey research methodology, his articles are heavily cited in the research literature. He is an expert on social behavior, HIV/AIDS, and other socially transmitted infections. He has served at the National Academy of Sciences as the Director of the Committee on AIDS Research and the Behavioral, Social, and Statistical Sciences.
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Dana Weinberg, Full Professor

PhD: Harvard University

Research areas: Book industry, healthcare workforce, work and occupations. Her current work uses surveys, Big Data, and field experiments to understand the impact of digital media, including e-books and self-publishing, on the book industry and authors’ careers. Her work has recently been featured on NPR and in The Guardian and USA Today. She is also well known for her work on the impact of medical workforce on health care outcomes, and her work appears in top journals in health services research.
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