Nick Graetz

Nick Graetz

PhD Candidate in Demography & Sociology

University of Pennsylvania


My interdisciplinary quantitative research is organized around two central tenets of sociology: context and explanation. Contemporary contexts and outcomes are the function of cumulative, historical exposures. I use relational sociology to inform quantitative analyses of place, race, and class, focusing on the entangled, reciprocal systems of social and economic reproduction. My dissertation work uses causal mediation analysis to answer relational questions about the role of place in producing racialized inequality across the life-course, including the long-run consequences of racist housing policies on outcomes related to household wealth and individual health. My research is driven by a commitment to applying theory-driven quantitative methods to real-world problems in a way that is transparent, reproducible, and motivated by a need to address the fundamental causes of social and health inequity in the United States.

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  • Structural racism
  • Housing policy
  • Causal mediation analysis
  • Population health
  • Political economy
  • Stratification
  • Life-course modeling
  • Bayesian small area estimation
  • Data visualization


  • Ph.D., Demography and Sociology (Candidate), 2021 (expected)

    University of Pennsylvania

  • A.M., Demography, 2017

    University of Pennsylvania

  • M.P.H., Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2016

    University of Washington

  • B.S., Psychology (Honors) and Political Science, 2013

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public and policy writing


COVID-19 in Philadelphia

COVID-19 in Philadelphia for Nikil Saval 2020.

Report: A Green New Deal for American Public Housing Communities

National report for DfP on GND for public housing with interactive maps.

Report: A Green New Deal for NYCHA Communities

Report for DfP on a Green New Deal for NYCHA communities.

Report: A Green New Deal for Suburban Transportation

National report for DfP on GND for suburban transportation.


  • 3718 Locus Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104