Patrick Sharkey is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, with an affiliation at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He came to NYU after completing his doctorate in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard in 2007 and completing a postdoctoral fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Society Scholars Program in 2009. Sharkey’s research focuses on stratification and mobility, with a specialized interest in the role that neighborhoods and cities play in generating and maintaining inequality across multiple dimensions.
His first book, titled Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. As of July 2014, the book had been selected as the winner of the American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Sociology and Social Work, the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association. Sharkey’s current research focuses on the effects of violence on children’s cognitive functioning and academic achievement, and on how the national decline of violent crime has affected American cities.