Christopher Graziul

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4)

Background

Chris's research investigates the physical ecology of social structures, focusing on how the built environment embodies (as well as shapes) personal preference, collective behavior, and cultural practice. His work synthesizes statistical, spatial, and network methods to advance a novel approach to urban sociology, political sociology, and the sociology of religion. This approach highlights how discrete physical spaces, termed venues, host the social life of a community. Ongoing projects explore (1) the capacity for the home, the workplace, and businesses selling food, fuel, and medicine to reduce intergroup prejudice through cumulative exposure to other races and ethnicities, and (2) the increased social salience of religious organizations for community members when venue such as bars and bookstores are relatively scarce. 

Chris holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Applied Computational Mathematics from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Interests

Political sociology, Quantitative methods, Sociology of religion, Urban sociology