My name is Mo Torres (he/him). I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard, a Stone Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and a doctoral fellow in the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.
My research and teaching interests are in political economy, urban sociology, inequality, and the sociology of race. My dissertation uses mixed and historical methods to explore the politics of post-industrial decline in Michigan from the 1970s to the present.
I am a former Democracy Doctoral Fellow (2020-2021) at the HKS Ash Center for Democratic Governance, an Urban Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018) at the HKS Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and in 2019 I was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, where I studied the politics of prison privatization as a Visiting Scholar in Sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo.
At Harvard, my research has been funded by the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for American Political Studies, the Division of Social Science, the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. Externally, I have received support from The Tobin Project and the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.
I am a first-generation college graduate. I have a master's in Sociology from Harvard (2018), a master's in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (2015), and a bachelor's in History (with honors) and Chicana/o Studies (with honors) from the University of California, Davis (2010). Before graduate school, I taught middle and high school Spanish in Detroit and worked in the K-12 non-profit sector. I am originally from Sacramento, CA.
I am a Resident Tutor at Currier House, where I work as an academic advisor, serve on the Diversity & Inclusion committee (specializing in race/ethnicity and LGBT/queer programming), and provide support for first-generation/low-income students. I am also a Concentration Advisor in Sociology for students in Currier, Eliot, and Kirkland Houses, and in 2021-2022 I am the Departmental Writing Fellow in Sociology (a partnership with the Bok Center for Teaching & Learning and the Harvard College Writing Center). If you are a Harvard College student, you can sign up for an advising meeting or writing consultation on Calendly.