Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Description: Research across the social sciences has demonstrated repeatedly that neighborhoods matter. At this juncture, the question is how---a question that requires examining where, when, for whom, and under what conditions neighborhoods matter. I show that these questions are more tractable than even as little as 15 years ago, given the rapidly rising availability of large-scale administrative ("big") data from public and private sources. I present several results suggesting that, in the context of neighborhoods, race may matter more than class.