When Does Neighborhood Poverty Matter? Using Large-Scale Data to Understand Heterogeneity

12-1 pm

PSTC Seminar Room 205

Mario Small, Professor of Sociology, Harvard

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The PSTC Colloquium Series will host Mario Small, Professor of Sociology at Harvard. His talk is titled, "When Does Neighborhood Poverty Matter?  Using Large-Scale Data to Understand Heterogeneity" and will examine how “big” data has furthered the understanding of neighborhood poverty in the context of race and class.

Mario L. Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University.  Small has published numerous award-winning articles, edited volumes, and books on topics such as urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods.  His books include Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, both of which received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book, among several other honors.  His latest book, Someone To Talk To, examines how people decide whom in their network to turn to when seeking a confidant.  Small is currently studying the relationship between networks and decision-making, the ability of large-scale data to answer critical questions about poverty, and the role qualitative inquiry in cumulative social science.