Jacob William Faber is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Service in New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and is an Associated Faculty member of NYU's Sociology Department. His research and teaching focuses on spatial inequality. He leverages observational and experimental methods to study the mechanisms responsible for sorting individuals across space and how the distributions of people by race and class interact with political, social, and ecological systems to create and sustain economic disparities. While there is a rich literature exploring the geography of opportunity, there remain many unsettled questions about the causes of segregation and its effects on the residents of urban ghettos, wealthy suburbs, and the diverse set of places in between.
Dr. Faber earned his PhD in Sociology from New York University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. He also graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Master’s degrees in Telecommunications Policy and Urban Studies and Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science. Between stints at graduate school, Dr. Faber worked as a Senior Researcher for the Center for Social Inclusion, a racial justice policy advocacy organization.
Selected Recent Publications (Full publications list)
Faber, Jacob W. and Terri Friedline. 2018. "Small banks discriminate against people of color. A new law makes it worse". The Washington Post.
Faber, Jacob W. 2018. “Segregation and the geography of creditworthiness: Racial inequality in a recovered mortgage market.” Housing Policy Debate, 28(2): 215-247.
Faber, Jacob W. 2018. “Cashing in On Distress: The Expansion of Predatory Financial Institutions throughout the Great Recession.” Urban Affairs Review: 54(4) 663–696.