Nick Graetz

Nick Graetz

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Eviction Lab

Climate and Community Project

Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative

Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University where I lead a collaboration between Princeton’s Eviction Lab and the U.S. Census Bureau. In Fall 2024, I will join the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor. I work at the intersection of population health, urban sociology, and political economy.

My primary research focus has been revealing the mechanisms through which the housing market entrenches racial inequalities in health. While it’s well known that structural inequalities shape population health, I’ve developed new data and tools to isolate and quantify specifically how factors like redlining, eviction, and housing costs create cumulative disadvantage—and the ways in which different actors profit from these arrangements. Throughout all my work, I use relational sociology to inform analyses of place, race, and class, aligning cutting-edge quantitative methods with careful attention to historical scholarship and causal inference debates. My academic work in these areas is published or forthcoming in Social Forces, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Nature, JAMA, Social Science & Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), The Lancet, and elsewhere.

I’m also an active member of the Climate and Community Project, a progressive climate policy think tank developing research on the climate and inequality nexus. This work includes collaborations with housing and labor organizers, policymakers, and federal agencies. I’m interested in communicating sociological perspectives to external audiences and building coalitions across academics, policymakers, journalists, and the public.

Download my CV, which links to PDFs of all my publications.

Interests

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

Education

  • Ph.D., Demography and Sociology, 2021

    University of Pennsylvania

  • M.A., Demography, 2018

    University of Pennsylvania

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

    University of Washington

  • B.S., Psychology and Political Science, 2013

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

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