Ethan J. Raker

I am a sociologist/social demographer studying the consequences of climate change for community and individual well-being. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and a 2022 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

My research agenda focuses on socio-spatial inequality, disasters, health, and neighborhoods. My work particularly relies upon the application of novel, often large-scale administrative and weather data to address theoretical questions about the relationship between the environment and society. Some of my work appears (or is forthcoming) in Demography, PNAS, Social Forces, Social Science & Medicine, and Socius, among other outlets.

I earned a B.A. in sociology and business at Columbia University, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University under the supervision of Mary C. Waters. While at Harvard, I was a Malcolm H. Wiener PhD Scholar in Poverty and Justice. Before graduate school, I held research positions at NORC at the University of Chicago and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.