Research Team


Sanaz Mobasseri, Principle Investigator

Sanaz Mobasseri is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research investigates how organizational and social network processes shape gender and race differences amongst employees in the workplace, by examining the roles of culture, cognition, and emotion in organizations using field experimental and computational research methodologies.

Dr. Mobasseri completed her PhD in the Management of Organizations Department at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Prior to her PhD, she worked in investment banking and finance in the U.S. and U.K. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Dr. Mobasseri: +1 312.752.8849
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215


Jessica Simes, Principle Investigator

Jessica Simes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. She received her PhD in Sociology from Harvard University.

Dr. Simes is interested in the causes and consequences of mass incarceration for patterns of social inequality. Her current book project explores the geography of mass imprisonment in historical perspective. Using data visualization and mapping of address-level data, she explores the local origins of the historic rise in imprisonment. Her research draws on a range of methodologies and data sources, including spatial analysis, surveys, and experiments. Current projects include a field study of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania, an analysis of solitary confinement in Kansas using thirty years of prison records, studies of neighborhood attainment and drug use during reentry, and the origins of the criminal immigrant stereotype.

Contact Dr. Simes:
Department of Sociology
100 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215

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Erin Tichenor, Research Assistant

Erin Tichenor graduated with her B.A. in Sociology from Boston University in May of 2019. Throughout her coursework and research, she focused her studies on racial and economic inequality, punishment and social control, and health disparities. Her senior thesis, based on field work and interviews she conducted while studying abroad in New Zealand, is about the decriminalization of sex work in New Zealand. She has worked as a research assistant for Jessica Simes’ projects on solitary confinement and the geography of mass imprisonment, as well as with Jessica and Sanaz on developing and interviewing participants for this research project.

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