Sonia Torres Rodríguez
Sonia Torres Rodríguez
Research Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Sonia Torres Rodríguez is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Torres Rodríguez applies quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of policies and programs related to labor and housing markets. Their research interests include racial equity, neighborhood change, equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, equitable development, econometric analysis, and community-engaged methods. Sonia also assists with the management of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a network advancing the effective and equitable use of data and technology.

Before joining Urban, Sonia was a research fellow for Stanford’s Center for Poverty and Inequality, supporting a national qualitative and ethnographic study of poverty and inequality in the United States. Sonia graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematical economic analysis and will be graduating with a Master of Science in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University in May 2023. They were recently selected as a 2022 Research in Color mentee.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Land use
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Race and equity
Wealth and financial well-being
Community data use
Community engagement
Equitable development
Housing and the economy
Inequality and mobility
Inclusive recovery
Latinx communities
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
Structural racism in research, data, and technology
Wealth inequality
Parks and green space