Brian Louis Levy

Brian Louis Levy

Brian Louis Levy

Assistant Professor

Inequality, Poverty, Mobility; Neighborhoods; Community and Urban Sociology; Race, Class, and Gender; Education; Social Demography; Quantitative Research Methods; Causal Inference

Brian L. Levy is Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Mason University. Brian studies inequality and stratification with a focus on neighborhoods, segregation, poverty, and social policy. One current project takes a life course perspective to study neighborhood effects on individuals’ economic and educational outcomes. A second project uses big data to analyze heterogeneity in the neighborhood attainment process, as well as disparities in structural connections across neighborhoods forged by residents’ everyday mobility patterns.

Brian received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Mason, Brian was a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Harvard University. He also previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Social Science Analyst (2009-2012) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Brian’s work appears in venues such as Social Forces, Social Science Research, Sociological Methods and Research, and Sociology of Education.

Selected Publications

Levy, B. 2019. “Heterogeneous Impacts of Concentrated Poverty During Adolescence on College Outcomes.” Social Forces 98(1): 147-182.

Levy, B., A. Owens, and R. Sampson. 2019. “The Varying Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on College Graduation: Moderating and Mediating Mechanisms.” Sociology of Education 92(3): 269-292.

Phillips, N., B. Levy, R. Sampson, M.L. Small, and R. Wang. 2019. “The Social Integration of American Cities: Network Measures of Connectedness Based on Everyday Mobility Across Neighborhoods.” Sociological Methods and Research. doi: 10.1177/0049124119852386.

Levy, B., T. Mouw, and A.D. Perez. 2017. “Why Did People Move During the Great Recession?: The Role of Economics in Migration Decisions.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 3(3): 100-125.

Levy, B. and D. Levy. 2017. “When Love Meets Hate: The Relationship between State Policies on Gay and Lesbian Rights and Hate Crime Incidence.” Social Science Research 61(1): 142-159.


Courses Taught

Social Inequality

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences