The Sociology Department would like to welcome our newest Assistant Professors, Brielle Bryan and Elizabeth Roberto, who will be starting in July.
Brielle Bryan is a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Sociology, Communication Studies, and Theatre and completed a Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy in 2012. Her master’s thesis examined the relationship between childhood welfare receipt and career and financial expectations in early adulthood. Prior to coming to Harvard, Bryan worked as a research associate at the Urban Institute on the Welfare Rules Database and as a research assistant at the Foundation Center, a nonprofit that collects data on US foundation grant-making. Her research interests include poverty, incarceration, youth, social mobility, educational inequality, and neighborhoods. Her current research investigates the implications of mass incarceration for children and families in the US.
Elizabeth Roberto is a postdoc in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. She has broad research interests in social and spatial inequality, a substantive focus on residential segregation, and methodological expertise in computational social science and quantitative methods. Her research integrates a classic sociological interest in the social organization of cities and the development of innovative methods to address fundamental questions about the spatial structure of residential segregation, the causes and consequences of segregation at different geographic scales, and the role of the built environment in segregation processes. She was awarded a James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Studying Complex Systems, which funds her current research. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University in 2015. She also holds an MPA from George Washington University and previously worked as a Presidential Management Fellow and Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Brookings Institution, and the Government Accountability Office.