Gerard Torrats-Espinosa received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 2019. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Data Science Institute and Assistant Professor of Sociology. His research draws from the literatures on urban sociology, stratification, and criminology, and it focuses on understanding how the spatial organization of the American stratification system creates and reproduces inequality. Gerard’s current research agenda investigates (1) how the neighborhood context, particularly the experience of community violence, determine the life chances of children; (2) how social capital and social organization emerge and evolve in spatial contexts; and (3) how place and geography structure educational and economic opportunity in America and elsewhere. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Sociological Review, Child Development, Demography, Housing Policy Debate, the Journal of Housing Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Torrats-Espinosa, Gerard. (Forthcoming). “Crime and Inequality in Academic Achievement Across School Districts in the United States.” Demography