RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Sociology, Criminology, Social Demography
Area(s) of Expertise:
Urban Sociology, Crime, Neighborhood Effects, Migration/Immigration, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Health Disparities
Corina Graif is a sociologist whose research addresses questions related to urban inequality, crime, neighborhood effects, migration/immigration, and racial/ethnic disparities in health. She received her MA and PhD from Harvard University. Her dissertation explores how the urban geography of inequality shapes the pathways of opportunity for public housing residents in five US cities. She makes the case that locational attainment and neighborhood effects can be better understood when simultaneously accounting for the wider spatial and network context within which neighborhoods are embedded. Based on survey, census, and experimental longitudinal studies, she investigates how spatial inequality, institutional density, and social capital interact in shaping adult and youth outcomes such as mental health, obesity, and delinquency. Corina won a Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her work has been published by the Russell Sage Foundation, in Social Psychology Quarterly, American Behavioral Scientist, Homicide Studies, and in Research on Occupational Stress and Well Being. Her projects have been awarded the Howard T. Fischer Prize for Excellence in GIS and recognized by the ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section. As a Health & Society Scholar, Corina will examine the implications of migration flows, neighborhoods, and spatial mismatch for individual and collective wellbeing. She will investigate the socio-spatial, structural, and biological interactions that produce and reproduce racial and ethnic disparities in health, crime, and related outcomes.