Dilan Eren is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University. She works at the intersection of work, occupations, and organizations by adopting a cultural sociology lens to examine topics of social inequality.
Her dissertation, “The Self-Taught Economy: Open-Access and Inclusion in the Tech Industry,” studies how aspiring developers without a computer science degree make sense and use open-access to coding skills initiatives to get jobs in tech. She adopts a longitudinal perspective and uses multiple methods (including surveys, in-depth interviews, and digital ethnography and observations) to understand how open-access coding initiatives may alter or not the existing regimes of inequalities and make tech more or less diverse. Dilan is a recipient of the 2022 American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (ASA-DDRIG) and Washington Center for Equitable Growth grantee.
Anthony Huaqui is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His areas of focus are labor process, race, and public policy. His first project was public policy focused and examined how institutional restructuring influences theoretical predictors for welfare benefit levels over time in the U.S., particularly for AFDC/TANF. His current dissertation project explores how Latinx immigrant taxi drivers in the Hudson Valley, NY work to retain control over the local ride-share industry against digital ride-share platforms, such as Uber and Lyft. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University in 2016.
Julia Dessauer is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her interests lie at the intersection of organizations, workplace inequality, professions, and the production of culture.