Kasey Zapatka is a postdoctoral scholar at the Urban Displacement Project and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research seeks to better understand the dynamics of urban inequality through the lens of housing, neighborhoods, and household socioeconomic stratification. He has published studies on the sequence of gentrification, the benefits of New York City’s rent regulation for stabilized tenants, and neighborhood diversification in immigrant cities.
Kasey has also been actively involved in various public-facing web-based projects, including one to help New York City tenants better understand rent regulation laws and another to visualize the changing diversity in metropolitan New York. He primarily uses quantitative methods in his research, particularly causal inference, spatial econometrics, and machine learning. Kasey holds a PhD in Sociology from The City University of New York, The Graduate Center.
PhD in Sociology, 2023
City University of New York, The Graduate Center
MA in Sociology, 2014
BA in Spanish Literature and Language, 2010
Point Loma Nazarene University
In this article, we ask how the suburbanization of both immigration and poverty have transformed suburbs over the last two decades and highlight the converging transformations occuring in suburbs and cities.
Using logistic and hedonic regression techniques, we show that Hispanic and foreign-born householders are more likely to live in rent-stabilized units and find evidence of both rent savings and rent burden reduction when comparing stabilized tenants with their non-stabilized counterparts.
Using cross-lagged regression models with tract and year fixed effects, we show that demand-side forces precede supply-side forces in the sequence of gentrification in New York City between 2009-2016.