I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at New York University. I study how people make sense of concepts like race and work in organizations, and why these sense making practices matter for organizational outcomes. My work focuses on race and ethnicity, organizations, health, and inequality. I am on the 2022-2023 job market.

My dissertation uses ethnographic methods and interviews to understand concepts of descent-based difference at a diverse community health center. Other research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate 1) environmental meaning making at a recycling redemption center, 2) the multiracial population, and 3) the concept of career in organizations.

My research is published in Genealogy, Demography, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. I have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among other sources.

Teaching is critical to my work as a sociologist. I’ve taught or led discussion sections throughout my time in graduate school. In 2022, I received the Outstanding Teaching Award from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. I mentor several students.

Prior to graduate school, I worked as a Policy Fellow studying racial disparities at Connecticut Voices for Children, a research and advocacy non-profit. I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a minor in study of women and gender, from Smith College.

You can reach me at sarahiverson [at] nyu.edu.