Jimmy Biblarz is a doctoral student in Sociology & Social Policy. He is interested in how features of neighborhoods and schools limit or improve children’s chances of upward intergenerational mobility. Socially integrated spaces, for example, are usually viewed as crucial to the success of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but Jimmy has been intrigued by cases where segregated contexts have also produced opportunities for social mobility for residents. The type of integration that operated for much of the 20th century has largely fallen off the education policy agenda, but Jimmy would like to explore reviving that abandoned conversation. How can we reimagine what integration is and how the policy operates, and how do questions about integration connect to larger theoretical questions about human ethnic sorting, segmented assimilation, endogamy-exogamy, and related concepts? He is very interested in stratification and inequality more generally, including discrimination studies, urban poverty, race, immigration, and continuity and change in values and attitudes.
Originally from Los Angeles, Jimmy’s interests stem partly from his experiences attending magnet schools in LAUSD. Besides sociology, Jimmy likes trying new restaurants, watching TV, and drinking ungodly amounts of Diet Coke. Jimmy’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He graduated from Harvard College (Eliot House!) in 2014.