Mo Torres | motorres@g.harvard | twitter

Hi, I'm a PhD candidate in sociology at Harvard University.

At the Harvard Kennedy School, I am a Stone PhD Scholar in Inequality and Wealth Concentration in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and a former Urban Dissertation Fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. In 2019, I was a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Brazil and a Visiting Scholar in Sociology at the Universide de São Paulo.

My research employs a political economy lens to understand how racism works. I'm broadly interested in questions concerning urban politics, education, place, and the carceral state. My dissertation uses mixed and historical methods to explore the causes and consequences of economic and democratic decline in Detroit, Flint, and other Rust Belt cities.

At Harvard, my research has been funded by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for American Political Studies, the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Multidsciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. Externally, I've received financial support from The Tobin Project and the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library.

I'm a first-generation college graduate. I have a master's in sociology from Harvard University (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 education non-profit sector.

My favorite things include iced coffee (with or without oat milk), camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains (see below), and science fiction (books, films, and TV shows included). I'm originally from Sacramento, CA, and I have a 10 year-old turtle named Torta.

Beginning August 2020, I am a Resident Tutor at Currier House. If you are a Currier resident, you can sign up for an advising appointment on Calendly.