Robert Manduca

PhD Student in Sociology and Social Policy



I am a PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago. In the fall of 2020, I will be joining the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor.

My research centers on urban and regional economic development, asking what factors determine why some places are more prosperous than others and how the economic conditions in which people live shape their life outcomes.

I also study the consequences of rising income inequality for American life, documenting how the concentration of economic resources among the very wealthy has reduced upward mobility and exacerbated racial and regional income disparities.

I can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @robertmanduca



My full CV is available here

Manduca, R. 2019. Antitrust Enforcement as Federal Policy to Reduce Regional Economic DisparitiesANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 685 (1): 156-171.

Manduca, R. and Sampson, R.J. 2019. Punishing and Toxic Neighborhood Environments Independently Predict the Intergenerational Social Mobility of Black and White ChildrenProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (16): 7772-7777.

Manduca, R. 2019. The Contribution of National Income Inequality to Regional Economic DivergenceSocial Forces (advance release).