Mo Torres is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Harvard University and a Stone Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, he has held fellowships at the Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, and Taubman Center for State and Local Government. In 2019, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.
His research and teaching interests are in political economy, urban sociology, inequality, and the sociology of race. His dissertation explores the politics of post-industrial decline and urban austerity in Michigan from the 1970s to the present, with a special emphasis on Detroit, Flint, and smaller cities like Benton Harbor, Highland Park, and Pontiac. Beyond the dissertation, Mo's current work helps to develop a political-economic perspective on the study of race and racism.
A first-generation college graduate, Mo holds 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). He is originally from Sacramento, CA, and before graduate school, taught middle and high school in Detroit and worked in the K-12 non-profit sector.
At Harvard, Mo is also a Resident Tutor at Currier House, where he works as an academic advisor and serves on the diversity and inclusion committee, specializing in support and programming for students of color, queer students, and first-generation/low-income students.