Vance Alan Puchalski’s research focuses on resource exchange networks through which unbanked and credit invisible members of the urban poor meet their financial services needs. His most recent peer reviewed publication, “Credit at the Corner Store,” analyzes the role of Detroit-area convenience and liquor stores in providing financial services such as check cashing, informal store credit, and short-term loans to impoverished customers. Prior to joining Princeton Sociology, Vance earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Extension Studies) from Harvard University and a Master of Arts (Sociology) from Columbia University in the City of New York. From 2015-2017, he served as managing editor for City & Community, the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Community and Urban sociology. In addition to urban sociology and economic sociology, he is particularly interested in ethnographic methods.
Second Year Graduate Student