I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. 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.
Beyond my academic research, I help run Reviving Growth Keynesianism, an effort to derive lessons for today from the economic thought of previous eras.
My full CV is available here
Manduca R., and Sampson, R. J. 2021. Childhood Exposure to Polluted Neighborhood Environments and Intergenerational Income Mobility, Teenage Birth, and Incarceration in the USA. Population and Environment (online first).
Spicer, J., Manduca, R., and Kay, T. 2020. National Living Wage Movements in a Regional World: The Fight for $15 in the United States. In Reimagining the Governance of Work and Employment (Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual Research Volume).
Manduca, R. 2020. The Spatial Structure of US Metropolitan Employment: New Insights from Administrative Data. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science (advance release).
You can explore my research here