Alexander Adames

Alexander Adames

2017 Cohort

McNeil 313

Alexander Adames (pronounced uh-dahm-ehz) is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alexander is primarily interested in the study of social stratification and social mobility. His research agenda is motivated by questions regarding the effect of family background on post-secondary outcomes, including occupational attainment, educational attainment, income attainment, and measures of social integration.

Prior to Penn, Alexander was a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar and 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
  • The black middle class
  • Mental health
  • Cultural capital