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.

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 affect 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. The Contribution of National Income Inequality to Regional Economic DivergenceSocial Forces (advance release).

Small, M.L., Manduca, R., & Johnston, W. 2018. Ethnography, Neighborhood Effects, and the Rising Heterogeneity of Poor NeighborhoodsCity and Community 17(3):565-589.

Manduca, R. 2018. Income Inequality and the Persistence of Racial Economic Disparities. Sociological Science 5:182-205.