Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

Research Interests


Gerard Torrats-Espinosa received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in 2019. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a member of the Data Science Institute. 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.


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