Francine Stephens is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. She studies neighborhood change and socio-spatial inequality in access to social infrastructure – an umbrella term for public institutions such as schools, libraries, and parks and for the spaces that invite people into the public realm like sidewalks and courtyards. In her research, she applies statistical and spatial analysis methods to census data, land use data, administrative education data, and satellite imagery. Her research is motivated by a passion for using data to address applied geographic and geospatial problems from drawing borders and boundaries to facility siting to resource allocation.
Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she earned her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also held research positions at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and NORC at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she served as the GIS/Spatial Data Analyst for the Texas Democratic Party during the 2020 general election cycle.
Learn more about her work by visiting her GitHub page. To discuss her work or an interest in collaborating contact her via email.