Stacy Torres

Assistant Professor 

Stacy Torres

Expertise: Aging/ Life Course, Urban Communities, Qualitative Methodology, Gender, Family, Health/ Mental Health

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  • 2015: PhD, Sociology, New York University
  • 2012: MA, Sociology, New York University
  • 2007: MFA, Creative Writing (Nonfiction), Columbia University
  • 2002: BA, Fordham University

Current Research:

Stacy Torres's research analyzes how multiply vulnerable populations build social support and thrive in changing urban environments. How do older people aged 60 and beyond struggle and survive in 21st century urban America? We know belonging matters for elders but less about how, why, and what facilitates it. How do older people maintain their independence when faced with multiple vulnerabilities? What forms of social relationships exist? In what ways does belonging to a place or a group help people manage crises and everyday challenges?

Her dissertation investigated these questions by drawing on five years of ethnographic fieldwork among older adults in a gentrified New York City neighborhood. To understand the lived experience of aging in place, she followed participants as they coped with the accumulated losses of neighbors, friends, and family, health setbacks, depression, financial struggles, and gentrification that threatened the neighborhood places where they developed the social ties that helped them maintain their independence. She is currently completing a book manuscript based on this research, tentatively titled Old New York: Late Life in the City, and under contract with the University of California Press. She is also in the early stages of laying groundwork for her next ethnographic project, a study of people with serious mental illness living in the community. This research will seek to understand how participants experience illness and stigma, develop and sustain social ties and social support, use public and mental health program spaces to form community, and negotiate family relationships often strained by the challenges of obtaining high quality psychiatric treatment and services.

Courses Taught:

  • ASOC 440W: Selected Topics Seminar in Stratification: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class
  • ASOC 262: Sociology of Gender