Alumnae

Selina Gallo-CruzSelina Gallo-Cruz

Sociology at Wellesley
The sociology department at Wellesley is unique in offering students rigorous training in theory and empirics, focused mentorship under leading scholars, and facilitating the link between analysis and application. I learned just as much about sociology working as a research assistant to Thomas Cushman and Peggy Levitt as I did in pouring over the most salient of classical and contemporary research in the classroom. I believe the department excels in providing many pathways to utilizing sociological training. With the concentration of human rights and various opportunities for observation and engagement with local and international non-governmental organizations, students gain foundational skills for research in applied settings. Through the honors thesis program and peer collaboration and review, students build experience and acumen in academic investigation and writing.

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Selina Gallo-Cruz is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at Emory University and specializes in the study of culture, social movements, and global change. She has several publications on social movements in healthcare stemming from research she began as an undergraduate at Wellesley. Her current dissertation research on the globalization of nonviolence protest tactics was recently presented to the American Sociological Association and at a European commission conference on “Europe in a Globalized World” in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sanja JagesicSanja Jagesic

Sociology at Wellesley
The Wellesley sociology major gives you all the tools necessary to be successful in graduate school. The theory courses are comprehensive and include a basic understanding of statistics. Most of all, you learn how to improve your writing, which is essential for any type of graduate education. I appreciated the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects, with faculty and staff. My experience working on such projects, including my senior thesis, served to deepen my motivation to continue my studies in the field.

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Sanja Jagesic is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. In addition, she is working on several research projects at the Urban Education Institute that focus on college access for underserved students.

Cindy KungCindy Kung

Sociology at Wellesley
Sociology initially attracted me to its penchant for exposing injustices and inequalities that have slipped under the radar of mainstream media. I was hooked as soon as I completed my first reading assignment for Sociology 101 --Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, which I highly recommend. With outstanding professors who always go above and beyond professional standards, sociology proved to be a fantastic major. Sociologists make a genuine attempt to understand other, and often unpopular perspectives. I still find myself utilizing the theoretical perspectives I learned in undergraduate sociology courses. To me, that alone testifies to the strength and quality of the sociology department at Wellesley College.

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Cindy Kung worked as a legal assistant at White & Case LLP in Washington, DC for one year after graduation. She is currently a student at University of Virginia School of Law.

Robin MillerRobin Miller

Sociology at Wellesley
Bringing to light applicable social theories, majoring in this field was an empowering and enlightening experience for which I remain grateful. Although I enjoyed all of my courses at Wellesley, my favorites were in sociology. Learning about the field's founders and their conceptions of how and why society functions in Classical Sociological Theory was intriguing. Statistics, despite the dreaded formulas and mathematical concepts, was relevant, accessible, and surprisingly fun. The courses with a lasting impact, however, are those that dealt with international law, global organizations, and human rights. In these courses I was challenged to deconstruct the black and white distinction between right and wrong and think about grayer areas when considering questions such as "Who is actually responsible for genocide?" and "When is it wrong, acceptable, or necessary to engage in 'humanitarian intervention'?" The concepts, critical thinking, and writing skills that I acquired in these courses have proven vital. Writing an undergraduate thesis on the concept of genocide at the Yugoslavia Tribunal and pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights at the London School of Economics, I found my studies in sociology honed my ability to recognize how constructed “reality” is and, as an implicit result of that, question to what extent it is possible to change “reality” so that human rights are more strictly respected and violators more consistently punished.

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After graduating from Wellesley in 2007, Robin Miller obtained a Master's in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. Complementing her graduate studies of sociology and international law, she interned with the Kurdish Human Rights Project, a small but influential organization. This experience confirmed her desire to pursue human rights advocacy. She spent the following year working as a Study Abroad Advisor while studying for the LSAT and applying for law school. Robin recently started pursuing her J.D. at Boston University Law School and will be developing her focus on international human rights by examining the rights of refugees and displaced persons.

Kyla RaetzKyla Raetz

Sociology at Wellesley
Prior to college, I had never heard of sociology and was planning on majoring in International Relations. After taking Religion in Contemporary Society with Professor Levitt during my first semester, I decided to major in Sociology. I took Professor Cuba's Power class the next semester, and loved that as well. I realized that what had interested me about International Relations was not the laws and the economics, but the way in which groups of people interact. This realization, combined with the fact that I wanted to take every Sociology course in the catalog, left me no choice but to declare Sociology as my major. Within the sociology department, my co-majors were a wonderful resource. I fondly remember the late night camp-outs in Pendleton my classmates and I had nights before SOC 301 projects were due. We took over a conference room, had snacks, blasted music, and typed away. I knew each student thesising and would often exchange emails with my peers for citation advice, proof reading, and moral support. When I told people that I was majoring in sociology, many people reacted with curiosity and doubt, questioning what I would or could do with such a degree. My response was always, “Anything I want.” And it is true. The major builds essential literary competencies and enhances your analytical skills, making it a highly versatile and applicable major.

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Kyla Raetz received a Wellesley-Yenching Graduate Fellowship. She is currently teaching English to college students at Ginling College, in Nanjing, China. Kyla plans to live and work in China for the next year or two and then attend graduate school.

Julia SchroederJulia Schroeder

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Sociology at Wellesley
Majoring in sociology at Wellesley allowed me to explore my personal interests in human rights, but also gain many benefits that I had no idea I wanted or needed upon entering college. I gained extremely close relationships with faculty members, participated in independent research and shaped my broader understanding of the world around me. The small size of the sociology department is one of its biggest assets, allowing for a high degree of faculty/student interaction. This includes discussions during class and office hours. The department’s size also makes it easier to pursue independent research. I undertook both an independent study and a senior honors thesis and enjoyed lots of personal interaction and support from the faculty and staff. My experience at Wellesley College was profoundly shaped by my decision to major in sociology. The level of personal attention and encouragement I received to pursue my intellectual interests was unrivaled by friends majoring in other departments. I would recommend the major to any incoming student with a curiosity about the social world and would love to answer any questions you might have about the major!

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Julia Schroeder is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Virginia.

Hannah SholderHannah Sholder

Sociology at Wellesley
The Wellesley sociology major gives you a critical analytical skill set that you can apply to any aspect of your life. I used sociological conflict-analysis theories to understand numerous conflicts of interests, including the persecution of the Baha'i religious minority in Iran and the housing situation of Partition refugees in India and Bangladesh. The major provides a substantial framework for understanding social life that is applicable and complimentary to all other fields of study.

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Hannah Sholder is currently doing research in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Fulbright scholar. Her aim is to highlight the different strategies the Urdu-speaking linguistic minority can engage in to secure land and housing rights in Bangladesh. Following her year of research, Hannah plans to pursue graduate studies in Urban Planning.

Jennifer SilvaJennifer Silva

Sociology at Wellesley
I fell in love with sociology while taking Classical Sociological Theory with Jonathan Imber. The Wellesley sociology department prepared me incredibly well for graduate school. I actually still reference my notes from undergraduate theory courses when I need help making sense of a particular theorist today. Additionally, the support and encouragement of the sociology department enabled me to realize my academic pursuits more fully. A summer internship with Rosanna Hertz sparked an interest in inequality, gender, and family, inspiring my current dissertation.

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Jennifer Silva recently finished her fifth year at the University of Virginia where she is working towards a Ph.D. in sociology. She received two fellowships, The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship and the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship, which have helped her to write her current dissertation. Entitled “Dreams Deferred: Gender, Race, and the Social Reception of Risk,” Jennifer’s dissertation explores how young working-class people make the transition to adulthood in a climate of increasing socio-economic risk, paying particular attention to how gender and race structure people's coming of age narratives. She plans to graduate in 2011.

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