Alexander Adames

Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Alexander Adames (pronounced uh-dahm-ehz) is a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-doctoral fellow and received a master's in statistics from The Wharton School. He is a sociologist and social demographer who primarily examines the drivers and consequences of economic stratification within the United States. Broadly speaking, his work sits at the intersection of social stratification; the sociology of education; the sociology of race and ethnicity; and social psychology. More precisely, Alexander examines disparities in wealth and income between and within racial and educational groups. For example, Alexander's research on racial disparities in wealth has examined variation in the Black-White wealth gap by skin tone, finding that the gap is much larger among darker-skin Black Americans. His current research on education considers how the wealth attainment of college-educated individuals is shaped by the types of colleges that they attend (i.e., horizontal stratification). 


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2023
M.A. in Statistics and Data Science, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2023
M.A. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
B.A. in Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017

Selected Publications

Adames, A. (2023). The Cumulative Effects of Colorism: Race, Wealth, and Skin Tone. Social Forces, soad038: