A. Nicole Kreisberg, Ph.D.

Successful Defense: July 26, 2021
Graduate Student
M.A. University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
B.A. University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests

Stratification; Migration; Demography; Race/Ethnicity; Law and Society; Organizational Sociology


Year of Entry: 2015

Nicole Kreisberg is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University, where she is affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center. From 2020-2021, she was a non-resident fellow with the Harvard Immigration Initiative. Starting September, 2021, she will be a David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

There is pronounced socioeconomic inequality between ethno-racial groups in the United States. Nicole's research examines the social, legal, and organizational drivers of nativity and legal status inequalities among ethno-racial groups as they manifest in the labor market.  

Published Papers

  • Forth.     Kreisberg, A. Nicole, and Nathan Wilmers.* “Blacklist or Short List: Do Employers Discriminate Against Union Supporter Job Applicants?” ILR Review.
  • 2020     Kreisberg, A. Nicole, and Amy Hsin. “The Higher Educational Trajectories of Undocumented Youth in New York City.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1750947.
  • 2019     Kreisberg, A. Nicole. “Starting Points: Divergent Trajectories of Labor Market Integration among U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents.” Social Forces 98(2): 849–884.
    •  Winner, Alden Speare, Jr. Award, Brown University

In Progress and Under Review

       Winner, American Sociological Association Population Section Best Student Paper Award, 2021

  • Kreisberg, A. Nicole. “Green Card or Golden Ticket? Employment Discrimination Against Immigrants.” 
  • Kreisberg, A. Nicole, Els de Graauw, and Shannon Gleeson. “Explaining Refugee Employment Declines: Structural Shortcomings in Federal Resettlement Support.” Revise and resubmit, Social Problems.
  • Jacobs, Elizabeth, and A. Nicole Kreisberg. “The Occupational Value of a U.S. Education for Immigrant Women.” Under review.
  • Kreisberg, A. Nicole, and Margot Jackson. “Double Disadvantage: Gender and the Mark of Illegality in Immigrant Occupational Mobility.” Under review.

Recent Awards

  • 2019     NSF DDRI - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, $24,353
    •   Law and Social Sciences Program, National Science Foundation
  • 2019     BEO Hazeltine Fellowship, $8,000
    •  The C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations, Brown University

Teaching Experience

  • Soc. 2020. Multivariate Statistical Methods II, Spring 2018
    •   Teaching Assistant for Professor David Lindstrom, Sociology Department, Brown University
  • Soc. 2010. Multivariate Statistical Methods I, Fall 2017
    •   Teaching Assistant for Professor Michael J. White, Sociology Department, Brown University