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Florencia Torche

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Florencia Torche
Professor of Sociology


Florencia Torche is a social scientist with expertise in social demography and social stratification. Professor Torche’s scholarship examines inequality dynamics including intergenerational mobility, disparities in educational attainment, family dynamics and assortative mating. Her research also examines the influence of early-life exposures –starting before birth– on individual wellbeing and inequality.

Professor Torche was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020, and to the Sociological Research Association in 2013.  She has led  large data collection projects, including the first national social mobility surveys in Chile and in Mexico. She has served as deputy editor of the American Sociological Review, Consulting Editor of the American Journal of Sociology, and on the Editorial Board  of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Forces, Sociology of Education, and Sociological Theory among others. 

Professor Torche holds a BA from the Catholic University of Chile and an MA and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.

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WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,403 and the...
Apr 24 2020 | Stanford News
Florencia Torche has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies.