David J. Harding, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley

Dr. Harding’s research interests lie in inequality, poverty, urban studies, race, and qualitative and quantitative methodology. Current investigations include the effects of neighborhood disadvantage on education and teenage pregnancy; rampage school shootings; changes in the black-white incarceration gap; and methods for causal analysis for social scientists. Read more on Harding’s website.


Felix Elwert, Vilas Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Elwert’s research focuses on the social demography of marriage, mortality, and statistical methods of causal inference for the social sciences. Elwert has recently completed work on interpersonal health effects, marital status and mortality, race and spatial differences in hospice use, intergenerational effects of social context, and causal inference from observational data. He has developed a new test for unobserved heterogeneity in the apparent effect of widowhood on mortality, which uses information on current and former spouses to identify the causal effect of marital status. Read more on Elwert’s website.


Ruth N. Lopez Turley, Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice University

Dr. Turley’s research focuses on educational inequality in the U.S., with the aim of closing socioeconomic gaps in achievement and attainment.  Her work includes the study of the transition from high school to college, college expectations, the Hispanic-White college application gap, college proximity, parents’ contributions to college costs, living on campus during college, K-12 educational outcomes of immigrant youth, the evidence-based school interventions movement, student mobility, and relations of trust among parents and school personnel (social capital). Read more on Turley’s website.