Jeremy Pais

Associate Professor of Sociology

PhD., 2011, State University of New York at Albany

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Jeremy’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of social stratification, urban and community sociology, and social demography with emphasis on migration and population health. Much of his scholarship advances a life course perspective to explain the way collective forces shape individual circumstances. He applies this life course perspective to different social, temporal, and spatial contexts on number of topics including immigration, career mobility, health disparities, residential mobility, and residential segregation. He also conducts research on community vulnerability and recovery from natural, economic, and industrial hazards. Jeremy’s methodological expertise is in longitudinal data analysis, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and spatial data analysis.

Jeremy is currently working on several projects. The primary project examines how community factors shape patterns of spatial mobility across multiple generations. This project uses a life course approach to explain why two indelible features of urban America—racial residential segregation and immigrant population concentration—have had long lasting implications for each succeeding generation’s neighborhood outcomes. A second project seeks to examine the trade-offs disadvantaged groups are often forced to make between housing amenities and neighborhood quality. A third project seeks to identify the political, cultural, and ecological factors that explain heterogeneous community recoveries following natural disasters. Jeremy also has several ongoing projects with students and faculty including his involvement with SoulPulse.


Pais, Jeremy and D. Matthew Ray. 2015. “Class Inequality and Adult Attainment Projects among Middle-Aged Men in the United States, 1980-2010.” Sociological Science 2:211-234. [data and code replication files]

Hyde, Allen. Jeremy Pais, and Michael Wallace. 2015 “Immigration and Earnings Inequality in America’s New Small Town Destinations” Social Science Research 49:81-96.

Pais, Jeremy. 2014. “Cumulative Structural Disadvantage and Racial Health Disparities: The Pathways of Childhood Socioeconomic Influence.” Demography 51(5):1729-1754. 

Pais, Jeremy, Christie Batson, and Shannon Monant. 2014. “Neighborhood Reputation and Resident Sentiment in the Wake of the Las Vegas Foreclosure Crisis.” Sociological Perspectives 57(3):343-363.

Pais, Jeremy. 2014. “Individual and U.S. County Determinants of Primary, Onward, and Return Migration: A Comparison of Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics.” Population, Space and Place 20:512-527.

Pais, Jeremy, Kyle Crowder, Liam Downey. 2014. “Unequal Trajectories: Racial and Class Differences in Residential Exposure to Industrial Hazard” Social Forces 92(3):1189-1215.

Pais, Jeremy. 2013. “The Effects of U.S. Immigration on the Career Trajectories of Native Workers: 1979-2004.” American Journal of Sociology 119(1):35-74.

Pais, Jeremy, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2012. “Metropolitan Heterogeneity and Minority Neighborhood Attainment: Spatial Assimilation or Place Stratification?” Social Problems 59(2):258-281. [PMC#3359053]

Crowder, Kyle, Jeremy Pais, Scott J. South. 2012. “Neighborhood Diversity, Metropolitan Constraints, and Household Migration.” American Sociological Review 77(3):325-353. [PMC #3384993]

Pais, Jeremy. 2011. “Socioeconomic Background and Racial Earnings Inequality: A Propensity Score Analysis.” Social Science Research. 40(1):37-49

Pais, Jeremy. 2010. “Competing Sources of Earnings Inequality: A Comparison of Variance Components.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28(3):359-73.

Pais, Jeremy, Scott J. South, and Kyle Crowder. 2009. “White Flight Revisited: A Multiethnic Perspective on Neighborhood Out-Migration.” Population Research and Policy Review 28:321-346. [PMC#2778315]

Pais, Jeremy and James R. Elliott. 2008. “Places as Recovery Machines: Vulnerability and Neighborhood Change after Major Hurricanes.” Social Forces 86(4): 1415-1453.

Elliott, James R. and Jeremy Pais. 2006. “Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina: Social Differences in Human Responses to Disaster.” Social Science Research 35(2):295-321.


Jeremy Pais
Contact Information
Phone860 486-0391
Curriculum Vitae pais_cv-aug-2018
Office Location215 Manchester Hall