Grad Students

Katherine Smock

Contact Information

Office  Haines A56

My research uses qualitative methods to examine the precariousness and changing nature of rental housing in Los Angeles. I am particularly interested in the ownership of rental housing and the policy that shapes it. My current project looks at the experiences of tenants as they organize together to solve problems related to landlord conflict and eviction. 

Fields of Study

Rental housing and landlords, political sociology, economic sociology, urban sociology, ethnography 

Grants and Awards

Graduate Research Mentorship, 2021-22 (with Edward Walker)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2020 (with Edward Walker)

Rena Ratte Award, 2018 (Lewis and Clark College)


Edward Walker, Stefan Timmermans


M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology, 2021

B.A. Lewis & Clark College, Sociology & Anthropology (summa cum laude), 2018