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Laura Tach

Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, and Sociology

Laura Tach

120 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

Educational Background

Ph.D. 2010, Harvard University



Dr. Laura Tach is a sociologist who studies urban poverty and family life. Her mixed-methods research examines how neighborhoods and families reproduce inequality and how public policy affects these processes.

Together with Rachel Dunifon, she co-directs Cornell Project 2Gen, an initiative of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Project 2Gen serves as a hub for research, policy, and practice that supports vulnerable caregivers and children together. 

Laura received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University in 2010. Prior to joining the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, Laura was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Sociology

Graduate Fields

  • Sociology
  • Policy Analysis and Management
  • Public Affairs


  • Center for the Study of Inequality
  • Cornell Population Center
  • Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research


  • Poverty and Public Policy
  • Family Demography
  • Neighborhood Inequality


Fall 2021



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