Robert Manduca

Assistant Professor of Sociology



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.

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



My full CV is available here

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).

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 98 (2): 578-621.