Florencia Torche is a social scientist with expertise in social demography, stratification, and education. Professor Torche’s scholarship examines inequality dynamics including intergenerational mobility, disparities in educational attainment, and assortative mating, among others. Her research also examines the influence of early-life exposures –starting before birth– on iindividual wellbeing and inequality. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2020.
Torche has led many large data collection projects, including the first national survey on social mobility in Chile and Mexico. Her work has appeared in flagship journals in sociology and other disciplines, such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, the Annual Review of Sociology, and Demography.
Professor Torche holds a BA from the Catholic University of Chile and an MA and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.