Elizabeth Roberto

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Elizabeth Roberto is a postdoc in the Department of Sociology. She has broad research interests in social and spatial inequality, a substantive focus on residential segregation, and methodological expertise in computational social science and quantitative methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University, and she was awarded a James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Studying Complex Systems, which supports her current research.

What is the spatial structure of residential segregation and how does the built environment contribute to the persistence of segregation?

My research focuses on the spatial dimensions of segregation and inequality with explicit attention to the built environment of cities. Although there is a rich literature on the social, economic, and political causes of segregation and its wide-ranging consequences, more work is needed to understand how these causes and consequences are associated with the spatial structure of segregation patterns. My research addresses this need with three research projects. The first project develops new methodological approaches for measuring and analyzing spatial patterns of segregation. The second project examines how the spatial structure of segregation varies across cities and regions, how it has changed over time, and its consequences. The third project investigates the role of the built environment in segregation processes and how it has contributed to the persistence of residential segregation over time.