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Graduate Students

Ph.D. candidate Dana Kornberg studies how social inequalities are produced and reinforced through urban economies and infrastructures. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study examining the informal waste collection and recycling economy in Dehli, India. In this picture, Dana is interviewing a subject while sitting in the middle of bundles and bundles of trash.

Graduate school should challenge and exhilarate you.

And, if you’re interested in the field of sociology, you should expect nothing less than an academic program that exposes you to the latest in sociological thought, theoretical pluralism and methodological breadth. You should expect to work alongside faculty who are leading scholars in the field. You should expect to have the freedom to explore the most important issues in society, to conduct meaningful research and to gain the theoretical and practical skills that will prepare you not only for a career, but for a lifelong vocation.

At Michigan, you’ll learn within a diverse community of students from across the U.S. and around the world—students who are exceptionally bright, intellectually curious and deeply committed to the study of sociology and how it can impact our future and improve the world we live in.

Sound anything like you? Then consider Michigan.