UNDERGRADUATE ALUMNI: CAREER PATHWAYS
The Sociology Department of Vanderbilt University has a strong group of medical sociology faculty, and there is a good sequence of courses in the department for students with a pre-med or pre-health career path. Several students in the lists below are pursuing careers in the health fields.
Another strength of the department is the study of politics, law, and organizations. The sociology degree is a good background for law school, each year several students plan to go on to careers in law and policy.
The focus on politics, law, and organizations, plus the methods sequence, is also good preparation for careers in the private sector. Student have often moved directly into jobs in the business sector, especially in human resources, public relations, advertising, development and alumni relations, and training for management.
The strong methods sequence in the sociology program also is good preparation for graduate school and careers as educators and researchers. Our students regularly work for Teach for America, and several also go on to graduate school in PhD programs.
Examples from the Class of 2016:
The class of 2016 had a large proportion of students who plan on going to law school, either immediately or in the near future. Among the students are Asheeka Desai, Beatric Cochran, Danielle Chandler, Isabelle Shain, Jacqueline Scott, and Xueqing Shan.
- Alexandra Kaiser is working as a investment adviser and will pursue a career in the financial services sector.
- Annaliese Danckers will be working in the sustainability sector.
- Karlia Brown is working in a nonprofit organization on issues related to women.
- Breana Moore and Laura Williamson are in the performing arts sector
- Tyler Frances is working the criminal justice system.
Examples from the Class of 2015:
- Yoon So Chung plans on going to law school.
- Kathryn Reddice will go to graduate school for higher education administration.
- Adria Zern will work in the Peace Corps in Belize, then get her masters in public health.
- Nicole Chanin will get a Ph.D. in social policy.
- Jasmine Olivier has won a Fulbright, then will go on for a Ph.D. in sociology.
- Jonas Rosen will travel in Europe and Asia, then he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in psychology.
- Chloe Hayes will go to business school for a masters on accountancy, then she hopes to work as a forensic accountant for the FBI.
- Logan Wilke plans on a career in management or the consulting industry.
- Datoyne Dagog-Jack will pursue a masters degree in London, then go on for a law degree.
- Akailah Jenkins will work for Teach for America, then earn a masters in education to work on issues of race in the educational system.
Examples from the Class of 2014:
- Allyson Conley. MBA after gaining working experience for a few years.
- Sarah Catherine Billups . PhD in sociology at the University of Minnesota.
- Kaila Brown. Master’s in higher education.
- Yun Cha will be applying for graduate programs in sociology, education, or public policy.
- Victoria Clodfelter. Work in a marketing firm.
- Zipporah Freeman. Plans to pursue a joint degree in law and business
- Erin Keels. Plans to get an MBA and is interested in social marketing.
- Aaron Lowe. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.
- Katie Marrero. Master’s in Social Health at Vanderbilt.
- Hasan Clayton. Clinical psychologist and plans to get an MBA as well.
- Lauren Langston. Master’s in social work.
- Michael O’Connor. Returning to Oklahoma to run the street paper he started. He plans later to pursue a PhD in sociology or community development.
- Chelseay Parks. Teach for America, followed by graduate education in law or public policy.
- Megan Pike. Human resources at Target, followed by a PhD in Sociology.
- Allison Roberts. PhD in Sociology at Emory University, where she also will get a master’s in public health.
- Jalisia Taylor-Singleton. Wants to work on educational reform.
- Kate Trotter. Teaching English in Spain through CIEE.
Examples from the Class of 2013:
- Aynalem Ameha. Working, then applying to medical school.
- Mariel Behnke. Business analyst.
- Brooke Burton. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.
- Marianne DeAngel. Project manager/implementation consultant for a healthcare software company.
- Hannah Dimmitt. Graduate school for a degree in Child Studies.
- Paige Diner. Teach for America followed by a master’s in educational leadership, public policy, and/or an MBA.
- Raven McKinne. Master’s in Nutrition at Exercise Science at Lipscomb University.
- Amanda Milster. Nonprofit communications and development in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, or wildlife.
- Chantella Mitchell. Masters of Social Work at Columbia University.
- Molly Morley. Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis on Social Policy at George Washington University.
- Emily Natoli. Teach for America.
- Allison O’Neil. Plans to work for an organization that specializes in human rights, domestic violence, or refugees.
- Perry Peguillan. Health care research for health policy.
- Briana Perry. Work for a year, then Master of Education & Public Policy at Peabody.
- David Reichley. Food service.
- Remingio Silva II. Law school.
- Candace Smith. Gap year then law school.
- Gabrielle Smith. Graduate school for sports psychology.
- Kristen Sueing. Teach for America.
- Mary Wachs. Company that works with consumers to get affordable health-care.
- Kristen Webb. Master’s of Education in Leadership and Organizational Performance at Peabody.
- Sarah Zavaleta. Will work in a nonprofit organization and then apply for a sociology graduate program.
Examples from the Class of 2012:
- Lisa Branding is studying for a Masters of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan, and she plans to go on for a career in hospital administration
- Genevieve Gail is staying at Vanderbilt for a year to work with Steven Tepper at the Curb Center on his next book. She then plans to travel and go on to graduate school.
- Abigail Gravenhost is Research Associate at Economists Incorporated (Washington, DC), a firm that does policy analysis
- Jamie Hooker is Recruiter for Human Resources, Epic Systems, a health software company
- Cecile Lauzan plans to develop her own events planning business and is currently interning in Washington, DC, at the Carlyle Group with their corporate events team
- Ethel Mickey is in the Ph.D. program in sociology at Northeastern University
Laurie Nordland is in the School of Social Work, University of Michigan
- Aurelia Patterson is in the Cecil Humphrey’s School of Law, University of Memphis
- April Philley is in the School of Law, University of Texas (class of 2015)
- Jinsu Sohn is in the School of Nutrition, Columbia University, plans a career in research
- Keisha White has a complete four-year scholarship to study medicine at the University of Connecticut
- James Whiteside won a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award to study in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He plans to go on to college or university teaching.
A Few Examples of Careers of Undergraduates from Previous Years:
Amy Cooter (BA, 2005) finished her PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan. With the generous support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, she conducted more than three years of fieldwork with the Michigan Militia, and she is writing about what the group can tell us about lower-middle class, white men’s understandings of nationalism, politics, race, and masculinity. She is currently a lecturer at Vanderbilt in the Sociology Department.
Matt Doyle (BA, 1991) is a real estate attorney in Charlotte, NC, in his own law firm. He writes, “Despite the troubles in the real estate world over the past years, our firm is doing well. My wife, Erin, and I have a son named Sean, who is two years old.”
Sadiki Etienne (BA, 2006) is Senior Consultant position with Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Dakar, Senegal office, Dalberg is a private consulting firm that was started some years ago by two partners from McKinsey & Company and has 10 offices globally. Dalberg advises corporations, financial institutions, NGOs and governments, specifically in emerging markets, in a variety of areas including access to finance, private sector development, strategy
and performance, and global health.
Tara Kane (BA, 2009) worked for two years with Pittsburgh Health Corps, then became wellness associate with AmeriCorps. She is working on a master’s in community counseling at Indiana University.
Zhubin Parang (BA, 2003) attended law school at the Georgetown University Law Center, then spent four years practicing commercial litigation in New York City. He then left the profession to pursue a writing career, and he is currently a staff writer on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.