Alexander Adames

Alexander Adames

2017 CohortInstitute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-doctoral Fellow

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Alexander Adames (pronounced uh-dahm-ehz) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is pursuing a master's degree in statistics from the Wharton School and is a recipient of the Institute of Education Sciences  (IES) Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

Alexander is primarily interested in the study of social stratification and social mobility across racial and ethnic groups. His research agenda is motivated by questions regarding the effect of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage on post-secondary and post-tertiary outcomes, including occupational attainment, educational attainment, income attainment, and physical and mental health outcomes. More precisely, he is concerned with the extent to which education is an equalizer of opportunity for people from different early childhood conditions. To address these research questions, Alexander is interested in applying methods for panel data analysis and causal inference.

Prior to Penn, Alexander was a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has had experiences doing research on Black men's health; sleep inequality; health insurance and mortality; sexual consent on college campuses; and lived theology within the civil rights movement. He received his BA in sociology from the University of Virginia.


Photo credit: Marcus T. Wright


B.A. in Sociology, University of Virginia, 2017

Research Interests

Social stratification — Social mobility — Sociology of education — Racial and ethnic stratification

Social demography — Labor market inequality — Physical and mental health


Pre-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Training Program

Associate Fellow, The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics