Alejandro Schugurensky

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I graduated from USC in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Spatial Studies and Education and Society. I am interested in applying spatial thinking to different subfields of sociology, such as spatial inequality, demography, and the sociology of education. I mainly pursued my spatial studies minor in order to develop a quantitative skillset that would allow me to improve and refine my research capabilities.

I was awarded a Fulbright research grant to study the impact of social policies on educational access in Brazil for the 2018-2019 academic year. I plan on investigating these issues by using statistics and spatial analysis, as there is currently a limited body of literature that integrates sociology, education, and spatial analysis.

After my year in Brazil, I will start a Ph.D. program in Sociology at Princeton University where I will focus on similar issues in sociology and education and will continue to use quantitative and spatial methodologies. Ultimately, after going through the spatial studies minor at USC, I was able to apply spatial thinking to the social phenomena explored in my sociology classes. Most importantly, the program offered me an experience that was advantageous to my coursework and research projects at USC and will enhance my future career in academia.

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