Faculty Experts - Rory Kramer, PhD

Rory Kramer, PhD

Rory Kramer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Racial identity
  • Education and inequality
  • Social Mobility
  • Urban sociology
  • Segregation



Do physical barriers impact the pattern and spread of racial segregation in cities? Dr. Kramer is an authoritative voice on how segregated neighborhoods are formed in urban areas and the influence that roads and other blockades play in their development.  He is currently working on a new measure of spatial segregation that better represents the growth of multi-race residential areas and the complexity of racial segregation in the United States. He can also speak to the racial and class identities of socially mobile students, and whether or not multiracial individuals benefit from having fluid or stable racial self-identities.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania   
  • B.A., Williams College

Selected Publications

  • Lee, Elizabeth and Rory Kramer. “Out with the Old, In with the New? Habitus and Students’ College Satisfaction and Achievement” Sociology of Education, forthcoming in 2013.
  • Kramer, Rory and Elizabeth Vaquera. “Are all the Cool Kids Doing it? Social Isolation, Social Saturation and Risk Behaviors” Sociological Perspectives 54(1): 37-58, 2011.
  • Kramer, Rory, Review of “Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide” by Ruth Peterson and Lauren Krivo. Teachers College Record, 2010.
  • Kramer, Rory, “Diversifiers at Elite Schools” Du Bois Review 5(2): 287-307, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Chicago Community Health Across Networks
  • Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Fellow and Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Pennsylvania

 Selected Research

  • University of Pennsylvania, Pollak Grant for Graduate Research, "A Socio-Spatial Exploration of Racial Residential Boundaries on Philadelphia," 2011.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Pollak Grant for Graduate Research, "Preparing for Entrance: Non-elite student preparation for elite boarding school," 2006.

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