Recent PhD Graduates

Meet our Recent PhD Graduates


Saida Abdi, PhD

PhD in Sociology & Social Work, 2019
Dr. Abdi, a BRIDGE program graduate, is now in a tenure-track faculty position at University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Millan AbiNader, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2019
Dr. AbiNader is a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University.

Kelsey Carolan, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2020
Dr. Carolan will be a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Alison Drew, PhD

PhD in Sociology & Social Work, 2018
Dr. Drew is completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Military Family Research at BUSSW. She is also a lecturer.
View Alison Drew’s profile.


Whitney Gecker, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2020
Dr. Gecker will be a tenure-track assistant professor in Social Work and Sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Grace Gowdy, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2019
Dr. Gowdy is in a tenure-track position at North Carolina A&T State University.

Taylor Lynn Hall, PhD

PhD in Sociology & Social Work, 2019
Dr. Hall is in a tenure-track faculty position at Bridgewater State University.

Anna Herriott, PhD

PhD in Sociology & Social Work, 2019
Dr. Herriott is a Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago.

John Paul Horn, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2020
Dr. Horn will continue his work as a research assistant at BUSSW through August 2020 before entering a tenure-track position in the Department of Social Work at California State University, East Bay. 
View John Paul’s profile.


Yeonjung Jane Lee, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2019
Dr. Lee is now an assistant professor at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Margaret (Maggie) Thomas, PhD

PhD in Social Work, 2020
Dr. Thomas will be a tenure-track assistant professor at UCLA Luskin School’s Department of Social Welfare. Thomas has deferred her offer to spend one year as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Columbia Population Research Center working on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.