Grad Students

Nicholas DiRago



Contact Information

Email    ndirago@g.ucla.edu
Office  4284 Public Affairs Building #10
I am an urban sociologist and social demographer interested in inequality, governance, and space.

Using quantitative, demographic, and spatial methods, I study neighborhood inequality and the distribution of housing and land in the metropolitan United States. I am particularly interested in organizational dimensions of these questions, including the dynamic roles of the public and nonprofit sectors and the emergence of novel governing institutions that shape housing markets and population composition. 

Fields of Study

community and urban sociology; inequality, poverty, and mobility; sociology of population; political sociology; organizations, occupations, and work

Publications

Work in Progress

  • Gaddis, S. Michael and Nicholas V. DiRago. “Housing Audit Studies in the Social Sciences.” Forthcoming in Essays on the Sociology of Housing, edited by B. J. McCabe and E. Rosen.
  • Gaddis, S. Michael, Nicholas V. DiRago, and Raj Ghoshal. “Searching for a Roommate: A Correspondence Audit Examining Racial Discrimination among Millennials.” In preparation.
  • DiRago, Nicholas V. “Nonprofit Organizations, Population Trends, and Neighborhood Crime in U.S. Cities: Causal Effects and Policy Implications.” Invited submission to Housing Policy Debate. In preparation.
  • DiRago, Nicholas V. “Reconstructing Abandoned Real Estate: Land Banks and the Organizational Dimensions of Urban Governance and Inequality in the U.S., 2009 to 2019.” In preparation for submission to the American Journal of Sociology.

Grants and Awards

  • California Center for Population Research Traineeship (T32HD007545), National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, 2020-21
  • Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA Graduate Division, 2019-20
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA Graduate Division, 2019

Conference Presentations

  • * DiRago, Nicholas V. 2020. "Reconstructing Abandoned Real Estate: Land Banks and the Organizational Dimensions of Urban Governance and Inequality in the U.S., 2009 to 2019." Paper accepted for the 115th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 8-11, San Francisco, CA.
  • * DiRago, Nicholas V. 2020. "Reconstructing Abandoned Real Estate: Land Banks and the Organizational Dimensions of Urban Governance and Inequality in the U.S., 2009 to 2019." Paper accepted for the 50th Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, April 4, Washington, DC.

* cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Collaborators

Degrees

  • A.M, Social Science, The University of Chicago (2016)
  • B.A. (highest honors), Government & Philosophy, Georgetown University (2014)