Ariela Schachter

Ariela Schachter

Associate Professor of Sociology​
Associate Director of the Weidenbaum Center
Faculty Affiliate in Asian American Studies
PhD, Stanford University
research interests:
  • Immigration
  • Race Relations
  • Inequality in the United States
  • Causal Inference Methods

contact info:

office hours:

  • Mondays 11:30-12:30 or by appointment:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    MSC 1112-228-04
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Professor Schachter's research focuses on immigration, race relations, and inequality in the United States.

She is currently engaged in projects spanning three main strands of research: (1) public attitudes towards immigrants; (2) racial/ethnic relations; and (3) neighborhood selection and residential inequality. Professor Schachter primarily uses experiments and causal inference methods; more recently she has begun using big data and computational text analysis in her work. She completed her B.A. at Rice University and her PhD in Sociology from Stanford University in 2016. Her work has been published in leading sociology journals, including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Social Problems. She has won multiple awards, including the Louis Wirth Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast

Would you be my neighbor?

Using survey data, sociologist Ariela Schachter has investigated how Americans think about race, immigration status, assimilation, and what it means to be ‘similar.’