Institute for History and Community Engagement Announces Community Fellow

The Institute for History and Community Engagement at the University at Albany is pleased to announce the selection of its Community Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year, Stacy Torres.


Torres, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and associate at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis of the University at Albany. A native of New York and a first generation college graduate, she earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, and graduate degrees from Columbia and NYU. Her research and teaching interests include gender, health/ mental health, the family, urban communities, aging and the life course, and qualitative research methods, with support and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program. She has received awards from the ASA sections on Family, Urban and Community Sociology, Aging and the Life Course, and Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.  Her articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in Contexts, Reuters, The New Republic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times.

Her Community Fellowship project will extend and expand upon her earlier research on aging in place with a special focus on minority and immigrant elders in Albany, a growing segment of the older population in New York State and nationwide. The research will aim to understand how aging-related problems intersect with the experience of growing old in the urban environment as elders in the region confront community-level challenges such as affordable housing, poverty, public transportation, fear of crime, gentrification, urban neglect and blight, and problems as seemingly mundane as inadequate snow removal. This project also has an oral history component, as interviews will not only probe present-day experiences of aging but also inquire about long-term residents’ experiences of living in their communities at different parts of the life course.

The Institute for History and Community Engagement will also be helping to integrate this research and outreach into classes and educational opportunities both on the University at Albany campus and in the greater Capital District.  It is anticipated that this exciting and vital program will have much to offer a wide variety of audiences.


The University at Albany’s Institute for History and Public Engagement was founded in 2015 with support of the University’s Compact Budget Process, then-Provost James R. Stellar, and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Edelgard Wulfert, as a method of implementing former President Robert Jones’ articulation of the vision for the University. The goal of the Institute is to serve as a liaison between faculty and students of the University at Albany in History, in particular, and the Humanities and Social Sciences, in general, and the public at large to bring university expertise to address community needs. The Community Fellows Program, inaugurated in 2016-17, is open to any UAlbany faculty member in the humanities, broadly defined. 


The Institute’s founding director is John F. Schwaller, Professor of History at UAlbany. For more information, contact him at

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