H. Jacob Carlson

H. Jacob Carlson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Brown University (S4, PSTC)


Jake is an urban and political sociologist, focused on democracy, housing, and changing cities. His current research examines the various causes and consequences of gentrification and displacement - and the relationships between the two.

Jake is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC). Jake was previously a Dissertation Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty, a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab, and a Research Fellow at Participatory Budgeting Project.

Jake’s writing can be found in City & Community, Urban Geography, Social Science History, and Political Behavior, as well as the New York Times, Boston Review, and Metropolitics.


  • Urban Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Housing
  • Gentrification
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Network Analysis
  • Democracy


  • Ph.D. Sociology, 2020

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • M.S. Sociology, 2016

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • B.A. Sociology, 2009

    University of Minnesota