Social Policy and Sociology Joint Degree

Sara Chaganti, PhD candidate in Social Policy and Sociology

Sara Chaganti

Sara Chaganti is a doctoral candidate in Social Policy and Sociology, focusing on economic inequality, and a Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis. She received an MA in Social Policy from Brandeis, an MS in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University and a BA in Anthropology from Yale University. Her research interests include workforce development policy, the sociology of work and organizations, and the intersection of race and gender in the workplace. Her dissertation research focuses on job readiness training programs for low-income job seekers.
Kimberly D. Lucas, PhD student in the joint Heller/Sociology program studying women in the workforce with a focus on low-wage work and volunteer organizations

Kimberly Lucas

Kimberly D. Lucas is a PhD student in the joint Heller/Sociology program studying women in the workforce with a focus on low-wage work and volunteer organizations. She received an MA in social policy (2011) from Brandeis University, an MA in child development and urban and environmental policy and planning (2007) from Tufts University, and a BA in psychology and sociology (2004) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests fall at the intersection of sociology, economics, and social policy.  Her dissertation will uncover and explore the business and labor practices used by self-employed careworkers, and it will address the issue of turnover in early childhood education.  Other projects include an ethnographic study of subcultures, organizations, and market economics in modern roller derby and a qualitative interview project on family child care providers' perceptions of education regulations. Kim is currently the Director of Civic Research at the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Boston.
Rachel Madsen, doctoral candidate in sociology and social policy concentrating in Assets and Inequalities

Rachel Madsen

Rachel Madsen is a doctoral candidate in sociology and social policy concentrating in Assets and Inequalities. She received an M.A. in social policy (2016) from Brandeis, an M.A. in sociology (2012) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in sociology (2007) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rachel’s work aims to address social and economic inequalities, healthy and affordable housing, access to opportunity, and mitigation of environmental risks. Her dissertation research looks at ways municipalities are addressing affordable housing needs through smart growth policies and transit-oriented development.