Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

Gerard Torrats-Espinosa is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. 

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 inequalities. His current research agenda investigates how the neighborhood context, particularly the experience of community violence, determines the life chances of children; how social capital and social organization emerge and evolve in spatial contexts; and how place and geography structure educational and economic opportunity in America and elsewhere.

His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gerard holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Research Interests

Adolescent / Young Adult Developmental Transitions
Built Environment
Community Develpoment
Environmental Hazards and Children
Environmental Health
Health Inequities
Income Based Interventions
Life Course Perspectives on Migration
Policy (policies)
Social Stratification
Toxic Environmental Exposures
Toxic Stress
Urban Health
Urban Equity
Urban Policy
Urban Planning


American Community Survey
Current Population Survey
Decennial Census
General Social Survey
Opportunity Atlas Data
Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Stanford Education Data Archive
Vital Statistics Data