Florencia Torche is Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Her research and writing focus on social inequality and social mobility, educational disparities, and marriage and family dynamics. Her recent scholarship has extensively studied the influence of early-life exposures and circumstances –starting before birth– on individual health, development, and wellbeing using natural experiments and causal inference approaches.
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 currently serves as Deputy Editor of the American Sociological Review, member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Addressing the Long-Term Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Families, and member of the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America.
Torche has led large data collection projects, including the first national social mobility surveys in Chile and in Mexico. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, among others.
Professor Torche holds a BA from the Catholic University of Chile and an MA and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.