Gerard TORRATS ESPINOSA

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, Ripoll

United States, 2011

I am an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Columbia University and a member of the Data Science Institute. My 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 inequalities. My current research agenda investigates (1) how the neighborhood context, particularly the experience of community violence, determines 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. My work has been published in the American Sociological ReviewChild DevelopmentDemographyEastern Economic JournalHousing Policy Debate, the Journal of Housing Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I received my PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2019, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014, and a BS in Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 2004.

THE FELLOWSHIP FOR GERARD

Application period

United States, 2011

Host university or research centre

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Studies pursued with the fellowship

Public Administration (Urban Social Policy)

Type of studies

Master degree or equivalent

Speciality of studies pursued with the fellowship

Public administration

Home university

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Home speciality

Construction engineering and technology