Department of Sociology and the College
Geoffrey Wodtke researches neighborhood effects and urban poverty, group conflict and racial attitudes, class structure and income inequality, and methods of causal inference in observational research. His current projects investigate the impact of neighborhood poverty on child development, the link between private business ownership and growing income inequality, and new methods for estimating causal effects in longitudinal studies.
Wodtke received the University of Michigan’s Mark Chesler Award for “Are Smart People Less Racist? Cognitive Ability, Anti-Black Prejudice, and the Principle-Policy Paradox,” an article that sparked media coverage in such outlets as Salon, The Times of London, and The Washington Post. He earned the American Sociological Association’s Jane Addams Award for Best Article, Community and Urban Sociology Section, for “Neighborhood Effects in Temporal Perspective: The Impact of Long-Term Exposure to Concentrated Disadvantage on High School Graduation.” The article garnered mentions in The Atlantic and The New York Times, among other venues, and earned Wodtke an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
He completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan, where he also earned his MA in statistics. He was previously an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.