Kelsey E. Gonzalez

Kelsey E. Gonzalez

PhD Candidate

University of Arizona

About Me

I’m a PhD Candidate in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. My research focuses on computational methods, advanced statistical methods, and social networks analysis in connection to interests in social networks, health behavior, diffusion, and communication technologies.

I have a strong methodological background following my extensive quantitative and computational methods training at the University of Arizona. I have researched Latina/o Panethnicity, white fragility, and population health behaviors during Covid-19, leading to publications in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Perspectives, Journal on Migration and Human Security, and the Journal of Religion and Health.

Currently, I manage the survey data pipeline for a project supported by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative analyzing non-state actor governance in Colombia and Afghanistan. I am also conducting a survey investigating network resource activation supported by the Russel Sage Foundation’s Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science. Additionally, I am investigating racial disparities in happiness, textual networks of weight loss discourse, convergent validity and correspondence of Google Trends, diffusion of misinformation in population networks, and developing visualization tools for multinomial logistic regression.

I am a Certified RStudio Trainer and a Carpentries instructor. Locally, I am involved with data science education at the University of Arizona as a Senior Data Science Ambassador for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Steering Committee member for Research Bazaar Arizona.


  • Computational Social Science
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity


  • PhD in Sociology, Expected in 2022

    University of Arizona

  • Grad Certificate in Computational Social Science, 2020

    University of Arizona

  • MA in Sociology, 2019

    University of Arizona

  • MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict, 2015

    Trinity College, Dublin

Recent Publications

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(2020). Social Status and White Fragility: Gender and Socioeconomic Variations. Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol 38.


(2020). A Study and Analysis of the Treatment of Mexican Unaccompanied Minors by Customs and Border Protection. Journal on Migration and Human Security, 8(2):96-110.



New Immigrant Destinations

Using data from the Migrant Border Crossing Project (Slack, Martínez, and Whiteford), I map out how Mexican origins cross the US border at different points en route to new destinations.

Rankings of Sociological Programs

How have rankings of Sociology Graduate programs over time?

Coronavirus Unemployment

Which states have been most impacted by unemployment due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic?

European Energy Consumption

Tidy Tuesday: How similar are European Energy Producers?

Coronavirus Mobility

Which states decreased their movement due to COVID-19 and by how much?