Elisabeta Minca

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

Elisabeta is currently working with John Logan on an NIH-funded project researching neighborhood change and individual mobility in U.S. cities in the period 1880-1940. As part of this project, Elisabeta has worked on examining racial and class patterns of residential segregation in the South and looked at residential segregation by ethnicity and class among whites in the northern American cities using 1880 census data. The analyses for these projects involved spatial analysis, geocoding, and georeferencing/map-making using GIS, as well as inferential statistics using Stata. She is starting work on another sub-project with the goal of creating georeferenced maps of 69 U.S. cities in the 1940s.

Elisabeta has also worked with Logan on a project examining contemporary U.S. schools and has published two papers related to this project, one looking at the racial and class inequality and the other examining charter schools and minority access to these schools.

Elisabeta’s dissertation studied the transition to adulthood of adolescent cohorts born in the 1960s and 1980s respectively. Hierarchical latent class modelling permitted the identification of common statuses and over-time combinations (regarding school, employment, residence independent of parents, marriage/cohabitation, and parenthood), that is, “orderly” patterns of transitioning to adulthood that were then linked with mental health status 30 years later. 


Children’s welfare, Nutrition & health, Quantitative methods, Race and class, Social demography, Transition to adulthood