Prof. Ryan Finnigan, Ph.D.
since 08 2014 Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis
I was a postdoctoral fellow in the WZB's unit for Inequality and Social Policy. My research investigates how structural change (at the city-, regional-, and country-level) shapes inequalities in individual well-being and life chances. Motivating my research agenda are several enduring questions: How do the structural contexts of cities shape racial/ethnic inequalities? How does institutional change affect poverty and economic well-being? How do individuals respond to demographic changes like immigration? My dissertation examined structural changes in urban housing and labor markets across the US, and their impact on racial and ethnic inequalities. Other research examines immigration and public support for social policy; unionization and working poverty; and racial/ethnic stratificaiton in homeownership and health.
2012 – 2014 Research Fellow of the research unit "Inequality and Social Policy" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center
2013 Ph.D. in Sociology, Duke University
2010 M.A. in Sociology, Duke University
2007 B.A. in Sociology, Indiana University B.S. in Mathematics, Indiana University