David Enrique Rangel

Assistant Professor of Education


David Enrique Rangel joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2016. Broadly, he uses sociological perspectives to understand processes that generate social inequality, with emphasis on the Latino experience in the United States. His current work uses social capital theory and mixed methods research to study how school-based parental social relationships develop in the school community and the effects of these relationships on children’s early educational outcomes.

His research has been funded by fellowships from Ford Foundation and by training grants from the National Institutes for Health and the Institute of Education Sciences.


Shoji, Megan N., Haskins, Anna R., Rangel, David E., Sorensen, Kia N. The emergence of social capital in low-income Latino elementary schools. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2014; 29 (4) : 600-613.


Educational inequality, Race and ethnicity, Social psychology, Social stratification