Taylor B. Alarcon is a Ph.D. Student, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Provost Diversity Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. His primary research interests explore the relationship between innovation and equity; more specifically, he is interested in the ways science, technology, and data intersect with urban inequality, housing & neighborhood inequality, crime, policing, and incarceration. He is a mixed-methods scholar, primarily drawing from fields like ethnography, statistics & data science, and machine learning.
Complementing his research, Taylor is also a multidisciplinary artist and documentary photographer based in Brooklyn.
Prior to Columbia, Taylor was an IRT Fellow, research contributor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and the Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California, and product design leader at companies like Adobe and Instagram. He graduated from Brown University in 2017 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and is a proud Chicago native.