Kevin Beck

M.A.: University of California-San Diego
M.A.: Columbia University
B.A.: Roanoke College

Areas of Specialization:
Urban Sociology, Neighborhood Effects, Gentrification, Housing Policy, and Social Capital


I am a PhD candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on themes from urban sociology including neighborhood effects, housing policy, gentrification, and social capital. I am currently working on three projects. The first is a paper that analyzes trust in public housing. This article tests several hypotheses about the relationship between the built environment and social capital. In a second paper, I am working with a co-author to understand the effect of property tax limitation policies on homeowner displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. And in my dissertation, I study the relationship between residential stability, assisted housing, and social capital. Please see my personal website for more information on each of these projects.


2015. Isaac William Martin and Kevin Beck. “Property Tax Limitation and Racial Inequality in Effective Tax Rates.” Critical Sociology.

2015. Castañeda, E., Beck, K., Lachica, J. “Poverty, Ethnicity and Culture: Walking through Hispanic Neighborhoods in New York, San Diego and El Paso” in Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice. Edited by Timothy Shortell and Evrick Brown.

Mailing Address

University of California, San Diego
Department of Sociology
401 Social Science Building
9500 Gillman Dr. – 0533
La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

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