Department of Sociology

Syed Raza

MPH, Columbia University

Syed Raza



Theoretical Investigations; Comparative Historical Analysis; Global Ethnography; Cultural Political Economy; Institutions and Morals


Syed Raza is a third-year doctoral student. His dissertation research is projected to be an ethnography of embedded economies, spiritual entrepreneurship, and moralized markets in the United States.

Before starting his sociological studies, he was a Research Analyst and Project Manager at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he focused on developmental delays, congenital disorders, and disabilities among children, particularly autism. He completed his Master of Public Health degree with a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health from the interdisciplinary department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. His substantive research experience has varied from mental health disorders to the opioid epidemic, and from labor union struggles to climate change activism.

At The University of Texas at Austin, he has previously worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Media Innovation, investigating the developmental role of coworking spaces as the engines of socioeconomic growth in financially distressed small towns and rural regions across the United States. He has also been a Teaching Assistant for introductory courses in sociology, moderating multiple discussion sessions with undergraduate students in the frontstage and tackling the logistics of our academic sociotechnical formations in the backstage.

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