Kathryn Neckerman is Associate Director of Columbia’s Health & Society Scholars Program. Neckerman is a sociologist who has conducted research on the role of race and ethnicity in urban labor markets, family structure, and education. She is the author of Schools Betrayed: Roots of Failure in Inner-City Education (Chicago, 2007) and the editor of Social Inequality (Russell Sage, 2004) and (with Peter Bearman and Leslie Wright) After Tobacco (Columbia, 2011). With Andrew Rundle (Epidemiology) she is the co-founder of the Built Environment and Health (BEH) research group at Columbia and has written extensively about disparities in neighborhood conditions and their implications for health and wellbeing.