Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

Research Interest


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 ReviewChild DevelopmentDemographyHousing 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


Ellen, Ingrid G., Michael Suher, and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa. 2019. “Neighbors and Networks: The Role of Social Interactions on the Residential Choices of Housing Choice Voucher Holders.” Journal of Housing Economics 43: 56-71


Ellen, Ingrid G. and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa. 2018. “Gentrification and Fair Housing: Does Gentrification Further Integration?” Housing Policy Debate: 1-17


Balcells, Laia and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa. 2018. “Using a Natural Experiment to Estimate the Electoral Consequences of Terrorist Attacks.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(42): 10624-10629


Heissel, Jennifer A., Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, Kathryn Grant, and Emma K. Adam. 2018. “Violence and Vigilance: The Acute Effects of Community Violent Crime on Sleep and Cortisol.” Child Development: 89(4): 323-331


Sharkey, Patrick, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, and Delaram Takyar. 2017. “Community and the Crime Decline: The Causal Effect of Local Nonprofits on Violent Crime.” American Sociological Review 82(6): 1214–1240


Sharkey, Patrick and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa. 2017. “The Effect of Violent Crime on Economic Mobility.” Journal of Urban Economics 102: 22-33