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Yiming He

The effects of slum clearance on displaced residents: evidence from Victorian London

Yiming He is a PhD candidate in economics. He holds a dual BA in economics from Sciences-Po (the Paris Institute of Political Studies) and Columbia University. His research lies at the intersection of urban economics, economic history, and development economics. His current research investigates the impacts of various urban policies, including slum clearance and clean water technology, in the context of Victorian England.Yiming He is a PhD candidate in economics. He holds a dual BA in economics from Sciences-Po (the Paris Institute of Political Studies) and Columbia University.

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Mufan Luo

Understanding Live Broadcasting Media Events and Intensified Emotions

Mufan’s research examines interpersonal and psychological processes in social media and communication technology. She employs multiple methods (e.g., online and lab experiments, observational study) to investigate the bidirectional relationships between social media use and psychological well-being, affective and cognitive effects of engaging in broadcast live media events and the interpersonal dynamics of social exclusion in online settings.


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Katariina Mueller-Gastell

Formal Inclusion, Informal Exclusion: the Gender Differences in Social Interaction at Work

Katariina Mueller-Gastell is a PhD candidate in the Stanford Sociology department.  Katariina is interested in evaluation in organizations and labor market inequality. She studies how evaluators form assessments – of non-profits to fund or employees to hire – and how assessment procedures affect inequality. She also has a set of projects on gender differences in job search behavior and sorting into firms.


Franklin Qian

The Effect of High-skilled Firm Entry on Gentrification

Franklin Qian is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at Stanford University. His main research interests lie in the fields of labor economics, public economics, urban and real estate economics. He is passionate about using big data and computational tools together with causal inference techniques to study fundamental causes of spatial inequality and how to design better public policies to help the disadvantaged groups.


Rose Tan

The Effect of High-skilled Firm Entry on Gentrification
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Austin van Loon

Formal Inclusion, Informal Exclusion: the Gender Differences in Social Interaction at Work

Austin van Loon is a PhD candidate in the Stanford Sociology department. Austin’s areas of interest include social networks, computational methods, social psychology, and the sociology of culture. He studies organizational culture; political polarization; and the mechanisms of social network formation, maintenance, and change (especially in organizations).


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Michael Webb

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Labor Market

I use the overlap between the text of patents and the text of job descriptions to predict the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs and wages. Applying the same method to historical episodes of technological change, I find that it correctly predicts which occupations were, in fact, impacted by each technology.

IRiSS Dissertation Fellows

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Nathan Acebo

Indigenous Persistence and Resistance in the North American Colonial Hinterlands: Re-Assembling Puhu Village

I grew up in the east San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area and subsequently attended Cal Poly Pomona, where I completed my BS in Anthropology with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management. Over the last four years I’ve participated in community based archaeological projects in the Mojave Desert, southern Channel Islands, and California Coast. My current project is based in the southern Los Angeles basin/Orange county area incorporating urban and rural sites.

Rodrigo Carril

The Economics of Public Procurement

Rodrigo Carril is a PhD candidate in Economics at Stanford University specializing in Public Economics. His dissertation seeks to understand how institutional and market factors affect the efficiency of public procurement (i.e. the purchase by the government of goods and services from the private sector).

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Dean Chahim

Draining the Infinite Metropolis: Engineering and the Mundanity of Disaster in Mexico City

Dean Chahim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on understanding the politics of engineering and the ways that engineering reshapes political and environmental possibilities. For his dissertation, he spent nearly two years in Mexico City conducting ethnographic and archival research on how engineers have attempted to manage flooding amidst unprecedented environmental change, increasingly limited budgets, and the disappearance of long-term planning.

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Gabriel Chiu

The Rise of Entrepreneurship in China

Gabriel Chiu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.  As an economic sociologist, he is broadly interested in the relationship between culture and the economy. In particular, his dissertation is a mixed-method study of the rise of entrepreneurship and its changing meaning in China. 


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MJ Cho

The Dynamics of Thinking and Feeling Experiences on Smartphone

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication at Stanford University. I specialize in the study of media processing and effects with a particular focus on media sequencing that is enabled by digital media technology.

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Mashail Malik

Political Science
Why do Ethnic Parties Flourish or Die? The Microfoundations of Identity Politics in Pakistan's Megacity

Mashail Malik is a PhD Candidate in Stanford’s Department of Political Science and is a native of Islamabad, Pakistan. Her dissertation project is centered on the politics of ethnicity in Karachi – Pakistan’s largest megacity. Her research agenda further includes topics on political violence, state repression, civil-military relations, and the intersection of identity and economic conflict. 


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Tony Marks-Block

The Socio-ecological Effects of Indigenous Burning in California's Klamath Basin

I was raised in southeast San Francisco where I was active in environmental justice movements and ecological restoration projects. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University I spent six years developing participatory action research projects with youth of color in Oakland, California, on local air and water quality issues.

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Daniel O'Leary

Socioeconomic status and obesity: an affective science perspective.

Daniel O'Leary is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology Department at Stanford University, working with James Gross. He studies the psychosocial mechanisms that enable successful self-regulation. He is particularly interested in the role that affect, self-efficacy, and socioeconomic status play in healthy decision-making. He uses a combination of lab-based methods, machine learning, and path analysis to study these issues.


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Eric Smith

Broadening the Scope: How Messages of Broad Care Drive Academic Investment

I am passionate about developing social-psychological interventions to increase success & well-being in learning contexts.
This encompasses research on emotion regulation, stress mindsets, mentorship, and broadening instructor messages.

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Michael Webb

What Can Artificial Intelligence Do?

Michael Webb is a PhD candidate in the Economics Department at Stanford University. He studies artificial intelligence, the labor market, and economic growth. His recent research includes a project studying the impacts of automation technologies on the labor market, and another that asks whether researchers are getting less productive (the answer, unfortunately, is yes!).


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Tongtong Zhang

Political Science
Fining for Living: Central-Local Struggle in the Relaxation of One-Child Policy

Tongtong Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford. Her research focuses on participatory institutions and public opinion in authoritarian regime, with a regional focus on China. Her dissertation examines the sources of variation in participatory institutions across authoritarian countries, as well as the consequences of these institutions on mass opinion and regime durability.