Ethan Fosse, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Ethan Fosse received his PhD in sociology from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Toronto, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University in the department of sociology and department of politics, where he designed and implemented a series of open-source statistical programming workshops. He currently teaches courses on quantitative methods, social change, and computational social science. Fosse's research focuses on using novel quantitative methods to understand social and cultural change. He is currently working on three interrelated projects: first, creating a new set of techniques for identifying age-period-cohort effects, with wide application in sociology and related fields; second, explaining social and cultural change, focusing on the economic, religious, and political views of recent birth cohorts; finally, developing and applying tools such as text regression or, more generally, high-dimensional sparse regression models, to quantitatively analyze textual data. In addition, building off his research on age-period-cohort effects, he has recently begun a project analyzing the individual-level consequences of social mobility. His research has been published in a number of volumes and journals, with recent work in Demography, Sociological Science, and the Annual Review of Sociology. He is also the co-editor of a widely-reviewed book on culture and poverty published by Harvard University Press.


  • PhD Harvard University