Stone Center Junior Scholar

Kasey Zapatka is a fourth-year doctoral student in sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is broadly interested in researching urban inequality at the neighborhood level. Specifically his interests focus on housing inequality, residential segregation, affordable housing, neighborhood change, gentrification, and suburbanization. Zapatka is working on developing a dissertation project that looks at how neighborhood patterns of inequality and residential segregation shape spatial patterns of neighborhood affordability for the middle class. He teaches social statistics at Hunter College and is a teaching assistant for Statistics I in the Graduate Center’s Quantitative Methods in Social Science program. He also works as a research assistant for Paul Attewell in the sociology department, researching the income benefits for those with varying degrees of educational attainment.

In the summer of 2019, Zapatka was a Connect NYC Fellow and interned in the Research and Evaluation Division of the New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Before that, he worked as a research associate at the Center for Urban Research where he conducted labor market research for various CUNY colleges, governmental institutions, and nonprofits throughout the city. As a Digital Publics Fellow at the Center for Humanities, he developed a website that centralizes the various resources around rent regulation in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Language and a masters in sociology.

Areas of Expertise

Urban and Spatial Inequality

Affordable Housing

Neighborhood Change

Gentrification and Suburbanization


Educational Inequality