Elizabeth Roberto Hired as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice

Department News
March 28, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Roberto has started a tenure track position in the Sociology Department at Rice University. Roberto graduated from Yale Sociology in 2015 and subsequently took up a postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Sociology at Princeton. Her Sussman Prize winning thesis at Yale concerned the best ways to measure neighborhood spatial disadvantage. Critiquing conventional methods that use grids, post codes, or administrative zones Roberto insisted on exploring the more nuanced ways in which space and landscape play a role in generating and sustaining inequality. For example a freeway might unite two distant areas but divide a residential zone. Bus routes might connect some people to opportunity but leave others without a way to get to work. Understanding that spatial inequality could not be read off automatically from physical distances or zip codes required coming to terms with complex system dynamics and developing new quantitative tools. Roberto also holds an MPA from George Washington University and previously worked as a Presidential Management Fellow and Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Brookings Institution, and the Government Accountability Office. Congratulations Elizabeth!