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Sarah Nolan



My research explores how upward social mobility occurs. One strand of my research explores how young adults develop their professional interests and skills, and how they acquire social and cultural capital which matches these interests. Another works towards better measuring mobility across types of status in developing country contexts.

My most recent work focuses on upward mobility in India and Indonesia, using a mix of descriptive analysis of secondary data, and, in India, inductive work focused on interviews and working with on-the-ground career development organizations.

I previously worked as part of the Data and Measurement team at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, developing better ways to track impact and building relationships with homeowners and other beneficiaries through integrating their feedback into our impact measurement. Part of this experience was as a New Sector RISE fellow - a year-long fellowship for young non-profit professionals.

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