Research interests: Social inequality/stratification, education, race/ethnicity, quantitative methods, urban sociology, and computational social science.
Joscha Legewie is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences. His work is motivated by a theoretical interest in the social, spatial, and temporal processes that lead to inequality. It examines how peer groups, schools, neighborhoods, and the sequencing of events produce macro patterns of social inequality and influence the relations between social groups. It builds on rigorous causal inference based on natural or quasi-experimental research designs with a keen interest in "big data" as a promising source for future social science research. Some of his recent work investigates the social costs of law enforcement activity. As part of this research, he is working on various projects that examine the effect of policing on educational outcomes and health of minority youth using large-scale administrative data.
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