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Undergraduate students play an active role in the classroom and debates taking place in the Economy & Society research community.

Class of 2013

Kamillah Knight

Kamillah Knight is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in sociology and economics, a minor in Spanish, and a concentration in Business, Networks, and Institutions. Kamillah’s primary research interest is in understanding the social and economic factors that play a part when making choices that affect the environment. She currently works as an Information Specialist for Cornell University.

Kamillah’s future goals are to go on to graduate school to gain a master’s degree in public administration, with a focus on Environmental Policy.

Class of 2013

Umang Prabhakar

Umang Prabhakar is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in sociology, a minor in law & society, and concentration in Business, Networks and Institutions. Umang’s primary interest is in trying to understand differences in socio-economic outcomes through a multidisciplinary approach. His current research combines elements of law, social norms, cultural traditions, and economics to deconstruct socio-political issues. For example, he is particularly interested in understanding the role of identity, networks and social stratification in determining economic outcomes in multicultural societies like India.

Umang’s future goals are to gain research experience in issues relating to public concern, which utilizes his sociological skills and methodology. He plans to specialize in public policy and apply the insights he has gained to policy issues in India. Umang is currently working as a research assistant with the Cornell Covert Social Networks Laboratory.

Class of 2013

Alicia Tam

Alicia Tam is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in sociology, minors in Law & Society and Information Sciences, and a concentration in Business, Networks and Institutions. Her academic focus is on economic sociology and the impact of social interactions in market economies on both a micro and macro level. She is particularly interested in social network analysis and has previously worked as a research assistant for the Cornell Covert Social Networks Project. During the spring of 2012, Alicia studied politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford. The multidisciplinary program provided a unique platform on which she was able to incorporate her studies in game theory, network analysis, and sociology to explore the financial crisis of 2008. Alicia currently works as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Economy & Society.

Alicia hopes to utilize her BNI concentration to expand traditional business strategies beyond financial analysis by introducing theories of sociology into business models and management. She will be joining the Morgan Stanley Equity Research division after graduation in New York City. Long term, she has her eyes set on the Oxford 1+1 program, pairing an MBA with a Master of Science degree in Social Science of the Internet. Alicia ultimately wants to return to the Silicon Valley to work for a tech startup.

Class of 2014

Shikun Sun

Shikun Sun is a first year master’s student in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in East Asian Studies and a concentration in Business, Networks and Institutions. Her academic focus is on economic sociology and the micro and macro dynamics of social interactions in the context of market transition of China.

Shikun hopes to utilize her BNI concentration to incorporate theories of sociology into business management and operation and to seek whether such theories could fit in the enactment of business strategies for Chinese enterprises. Long term, she plans to go back to China and work in a business organization.

Class of 2014

Meghan Wing

Meghan Wing is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences with majors in sociology and Italian, a minor in English, and a concentration in Business, Networks and Institutions. Meghan is interested in understanding the effects of cultural and social norms on the economies of different countries. She is particularly interested in the differences and similarities among cultures and economies of European nations. She is also interested in the studying the importance of social networks in business and entrepreneurship.

“[T]he challenge is to specify and explicate the social mechanisms determining the relationship between the informal social organization of close-knit groups and the formal rules of institutional structures.”— Victor Nee