Simone Zhang

PhD Candidate
Department of Sociology
Princeton University

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. My research examines the consequences of technological shifts that alter how public and private organizations make decisions that govern access to opportunity. I study these dynamics within housing, employment, public services, and the criminal justice system in the United States, with a focus on racial and gender inequality in these domains.

I am particularly interested in the social processes that algorithmic decision-making and the expansion of records about individuals set in motion. My dissertation relies on experimental, qualitative, and quantitative methods to examine how records about people's pasts get incorporated into organizational decisions that shape who gets what.

Before coming to Princeton, I worked at the Urban Institute, where I studied housing and education policy and helped non-profits and government agencies use data to make decisions, and the World Bank, where I contributed to an evaluation of the World Bank's investments in higher education.

My CV can be found here.