Jared N. Schachner

Sociologist of Stratification in Cities, Schools, and Neighborhoods

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I am currently a Research Scientist at the USC Price School of Public Policy and an affiliated researcher with the UChicago Consortium on School Research and the Los Angeles Education Research Institute.

Before  USC, I completed a postdoc at UChicago and a Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard, where I was also a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy and a Meyer Fellow in the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

My research examines whether and how neighborhoods and schools mediate the intergenerational transmission of skills, health, and status. I draw on literature from urban sociology, inequality/stratification, sociology of education, and social policy, and use my hometown of L.A. as a theoretically strategic case. 

My work has been published or is forthcoming in Annual Review of Sociology, Demography, Social Forces, Child Development, Journal of Health & Social Behavior, American Educational Research Journal, Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, JAMA Network Open, and RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 

As a Principal Investigator, I have secured over $500,000 of external funding from sources that include the National Science Foundation, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Conrad R. Hilton Foundation, Weingart Foundation, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Prior to my doctoral studies, I attended Harvard’s Kennedy School, worked at the New York City Department of Education, consulted several national nonprofits, including the United Negro College Fund and National Audubon Society on their social impact strategies, and received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude).


Overall Research Agenda

Neighborhoods, schools, and housing conditions shape a wide range of children’s life outcomes and reproduce race- and class-based inequities. However, these contexts are, of course, not randomly assigned. Which families gain access to environmental contexts most conducive to their children’s development? This question is critical to illuminating– and disrupting– the reproduction of intergenerational inequities.


Most relevant studies employ a structural lens, and my research confirms their core findings: race and class continue to stratify children’s neighborhood, school, and housing conditions, well into the 21st century. But I also highlight rarely-examined factors – such as parental education, cognition, socioemotional health, and language facility – which are central to intergenerational reproduction accounts of inequality and may be increasingly salient in an era of choice-based policies and digital information saturation. Because these factors not only stratify children’s contexts but also reflect the contexts in which parents themselves grew up, cognitive and socioemotional processes emerge as mechanisms fueling the intergenerational transmission of context and urban inequalities.


In short, my primary research stream reveals how race, resources, skills, and health jointly shape children’s environments and in turn reproduce inequality. My secondary research stream complements the first by isolating the particular features of children’s neighborhood, school, and housing environments that explain their causal effects on children’s cognitive, socioemotional, and physical health outcomes. Through another set of studies, I take a more macro view, examining whether and why the relative importance of race, class, skills, and health to neighborhood and school sorting processes varies over time and across metropolitan areas.

Public Engagement

Presentations: Mansueto Institute Lunch Colloquium Series

Media: Local/University News Coverage


For several of my upcoming papers, I will be using Texas A&M University Geoservices support to geocode administrative data to census tracts. See https://geoservices.tamu.edu/Services/ for more details on their services.