Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Education
Joscha Legewie (Ph.D. 2013, Columbia University) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology of Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Department of Sociology (associated). His research focuses on social inequality/stratification, race/ethnicity, quantitative methods, education, urban sociology, and computational social science. It is motivated by enduring questions central to the social sciences: What is the role of the social, spatial, and temporal context for social inequality? How do neighborhoods, schools and peers influence educational outcomes and what are the implications for social inequality? How do events shape racial/ethnic relations, conflict and discriminatory behavior? Under what conditions, for example, does the shooting of a black teenager trigger racial tensions across the U.S.? His work is based on innovative quantitative methods. It builds on rigorous causal inference using natural or quasi-experimental research designs with a keen interest in "big data" as a promising source for future social science research – including administrative student records, millions of time and geo-coded NYPD stop-and-frisk operations or 311 service requests from New York City. His research was published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education and other major journals.