Ethan J. Raker

I am a sociologist/social demographer specializing in disasters. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of British Columbia.

My research agenda focuses on socio-spatial inequality, disasters, climate change, health, and neighbourhoods. I use primarily quantitative methods to examine how extreme weather affects population health and demographic processes, with a particular interest in racial and socioeconomic disparities. Some of my recent work appears in Demography, PNAS, Social Forces, and Socius, among other outlets.

I earned my BA in sociology at Columbia, and an AM and PhD in sociology at Harvard, under the supervision of Mary C. Waters. At UBC, I teach courses on the sociology of health and the demography of disasters. My work has been generously supported by a Malcolm H. Wiener PhD scholarship in poverty and justice at the Harvard Kennedy School and by a Wall scholar faculty fellowship at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.