The GSP Doctoral Fellowship

The GSP Doctoral Fellowship brings Ph.D. candidates pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans to our New York City, Oakland, CA, and Washington, DC, offices.

Applications for the summer 2023 doctoral fellowship are now closed.

Questions? Contact HRQ[email protected]

2019 Gueron Doctoral Fellow

Brittany Fox-Williams

Brittany Fox-Williams is a PhD candidate in sociology at Columbia University. Her research specializations include inequality, race and ethnicity, education, and urban sociology.

Brittany uses quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze inequality in young people’s relationships with authority figures in the education and justice systems. Her dissertation, Trust Matters: Race, Relationships, and Student Achievement, examines the role of trust in student-teacher relationships, the salience of trust for student outcomes, and racial differences in trust. To study this topic, Brittany draws on longitudinal survey data from the NYC Department of Education and a yearlong interview study of two public high schools in Manhattan. Her dissertation research is supported by the National Science Foundation and MDRC

Brittany has authored an article in Sociological Forum on gender differences in youth responses to law enforcement, which won an award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Brittany completed her undergraduate studies at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where she was class valedictorian. She also holds a master of public administration degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Previous Doctoral Fellows

  • Fellowship Year:
    Linsey N. Edwards, Doctoral Fellow

    Linsey Edwards is a visiting professor of sociology at New York University, where she studies the time implications of poverty. Additional areas of interest include stratification and inequality, neighborhoods, race and ethnicity, education, social policy and mixed methods.

  • Fellowship Year:
    Christian Villenas, Doctoral Fellow

    Christian Villenas holds a Ph.D. in sociology from The Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Senior Director of Research, Evaluation, and Measurement at the National School Climate Center (NSCC), which promotes positive learning environments as being central to all school communities.

  • Fellowship Year:
    Micaela Mercado, Doctoral Fellow

    Mercado is currently a visiting faculty member at Arizona State University, where she works with medical and behavioral health providers across health systems, such as hospitals, to design and test the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions focused on reducing health disparities among underserved populations.