Jennifer Candipan

Jennifer Candipan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology
Jennifer Candipan

Research interests: Stratification; Inequality; Urban Sociology; Education; Neighborhoods and Schools; Neighborhood Change; Race/Ethnicity; Residential Mobility; Policy; Quantitative Methods; Spatial Analysis; Mixed Methods


Jennifer Candipan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Southern California in July 2019. Jennifer’s research interests are in stratification, urban sociology, race/ethnicity, and the sociology of education, with specific interests in how social and spatial contexts like neighborhoods and schools produce racial/ethnic and economic inequalities. Using quantitative and spatial methods, her dissertation examined the relationship between neighborhoods and schools in terms of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic composition, contextual effects on student outcomes, and how changes in both contexts contribute to inequality, with a particular focus on connections between the neighborhood-school link and neighborhood change. Her work has most recently been supported by the National Science Foundation and the NAEd/Spencer Foundation.  She was one of six recent recipients of a 2019 USC Ph.D. Achievement Award, the university's highest distinction for Ph.D. students.

Jennifer’s work is guided more generally by understanding connections between people and places, with a broad research agenda that  investigates the demographic processes and mechanisms of neighborhood change, spatial and temporal dimensions of urban inequality, changing neighborhood dynamics over time, effect heterogeneity in neighborhood and school research, residential and school sorting of households with and without children, and connections between individual processes and macro-level trends.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sociology of Education, Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, and City & Community, among others.

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