Alumni Stories

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Sociology

Chris Percheski '01



I am an assistant professor in sociology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the sociology of families, and on demographic processes. My current research centers on understanding how changes in family structure are associated with inequalities in income, employment, and health insurance. I'm also involved in projects focused on understanding how the recent recession affected poverty and families in the United States.



David Trouille '02

 I just started a tenure-track assistant professor position in the sociology department at James Madison University, after finishing up my doctorate in sociology at UCLA this summer.



In Their Own Words: Alumni in Business

Jason Ortiz '03

I currently work for Deutsche Bank in Singapore. I'm the Regional Chairperson for our LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) employee resource group in Asia-Pacific. I find that it's very "Socy" related. 



Stella Treas '05

I'm currently a product and engagement manager at a tech start up. I have used a lot of what I learned in the classroom throughout my career.  Critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills that I acquired through my major have served me well as a consultant, business school student, and account manager.  

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Health & Medicine

Sarah Szkola '03

I use my sociology degree every day! I'm an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF. I work with children who are hospitalized, as well as those who visit the urgent care clinic. My degree has helped me understand the societal forces that shape our families' experiences, and influence the health of children. I teach medical students and residents, and I consistently draw upon my sociology background to try and help them understand the multiple forces that impact the health of our patients. I am grateful each day for the sociology training I received at Dartmouth!

Morgan Cole '07

Following my graduation from Dartmouth, I spent two years as a community health volunteer with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, then attended graduate school for a master's degree in public policy at Johns Hopkins University. I'm now working on health care policy for the state of Maryland. 

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Social Work

Marisa (Bassett) de la Garza '97

My sociology classes at Dartmouth that sparked my interest in a career in social work. As a senior at Dartmouth, I picked up a pamphlet in Silsby that asked the question, "What can you do with a sociology major?" and described various careers. This was immensely helpful as it gave me a clearer direction as to my next steps after graduation. After graduation, I gained valuable work experience working with children and families as a counselor and teacher. This work experience and my education at Dartmouth prepared me for graduate school.