Jordan J. Brensinger

Jordan J. Brensinger


I am a Ph.D. student, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Harvey Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. My research investigates the micro and macro dimensions of culture and inequality, particularly their intersections with the economy, education, and science and technology. In my latest work, I am interested in how the expansion of “big data” impacts social life and identity as well as contributes to exacerbating or transforming social and economic inequality.

To explore related questions, I employ various quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including the analysis of large-scale survey data, ethnography, and interviews. For more information, please visit my website.


  • 2021 (exp) PhD, Sociology, Columbia University
  • 2017 MA, Sociology, Columbia University
  • 2013 MIA, Social Policy, Columbia University
  • 2010 Certificate, Middle East Cultures and Religions, Jerusalem University College
  • 2007 BA, Mathematics and Spanish, Messiah College (magna cum laude)


  • 2017-18 Senior Thesis Seminar (for Van Tran)
  • 2017 Methods for Social Research (for Jacob Boersema)
  • 2016 The Social World (for Gil Eyal)
  • 2014 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (for Aaron Pallas)
  • 2014 Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking II (for Douglas Ready)
  • 2013 Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking I (for Douglas Ready)
  • 2012-13 Quantitative Analysis (for Paul Thurman)