Arun Frey

Postdoctoral researcher

Arun starts at the LCDS Autumn 2021 

I am currently a PhD Sociology candidate at the University of Oxford, and a former visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Sociology. This fall, I will join the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science as a post-doctoral researcher. My work has been featured in various news outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Die Zeit, ARTE, and the BBC. 


In my work I use computational methods to contribute to the areas of violence, migration, and inequality. My doctoral thesis examines the conditions under which immigration mobilizes opposition---particularly outside the political arena---and what such opposition entails for marginalized communities. A chapter of my PhD thesis has recently been published at the European Sociological Review.

I also study how school closures during COVID-19 have impacted student learning and educational inequality. This research was recently published at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has had a documented impact on policy in several countries and invited hearings at the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank. 


At the LCDS, I plan on combining my methodological interests in causal inference and computational social science with my substantive focus on migration, violence, and inequality. Concretely, this means leveraging new data types, such satellite imagery, textual data, or digital traces, and new methodological approaches, to approach old sociological questions from new angles. 

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Learning loss due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic

Per Engzell, Arun Frey, Mark D. Verhagen

PNAS (Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

26 April 2021