Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Pennsylvania

Masoud Movahed

My name is Masoud Movahed and I am Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

I completed my doctoral studies in Sociology (with a minor in Public Affairs) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that, I also completed an M.A. in Development Economics at New York University. Broadly, my interests lie at the nexus of social stratification and economic sociology.

Most of my works use computational and quantitative methods, but I retain a keen interest for comparative historical methods. My dissertation entitled Varieties of Capitalism, Income Inequality, and Mobility,” draws on cross-national panel data for much of the post World War II era to explain why some countries are more egalitarian than others. One of the its chapters, shifts the focus to the United States, where  I draw on explicitly spatial models to parameterize spatial dependence in the intergenerational income mobility data across US places. The first paper of my dissertation published in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology won multiple awards from the American Sociological Association. The awards include:

1. Honorable Mention for the 2024 ASA Sociology of Development Award for Best Article.

2. Political Economy of the World System’s Terence K. Hopkins Article Award 

My works have been published in the International Journal of Comparative SociologyJournal of International Development, multiple articles in Sociological Quarterly (second article: Sociological Quarterly), Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements, Harvard International Review, Foreign Affairs, Boston Review

I have also written public sociology articles in the Harvard Economics ReviewWorld Economic ForumYale Journal of International Affairsand Al-Jazeera.


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