Max Besbris

Position title: Associate Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology


Phone: (608) 265-6480

4440 Sewell Social Science

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Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interest Statement:

Broadly, I study how individuals make decisions in economic markets, how these decisions are affected by interactions with others, and how these decisions, in turn, affect racial and socio-spatial inequalities. My research questions tend to focus on housing and neighborhoods, and I am increasingly interested in how climate change is impacting real estate values, residential decision-making, and inequality more generally. 


Ph.D., New York University, 2017

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Communities and Urban Sociology; Demography and Ecology; Economic Sociology; General Social Theory; Social Stratification

Other Campus Affiliations

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Financial Security
Institute for Research on Poverty

Selected Publications

Rhodes, Anna and Max Besbris. 2022. Soaking the Middle Class: Suburban Inequality and Recovery from Disaster. New York: Russell Sage.

Besbris, Max, Ariela Schachter, and John Kuk. 2021. “The Unequal Availability of Rental Housing Information Across Neighborhoods.” Demography 58: 1197-1221.

Besbris, Max. 2020. Upsold: Real Estate Agents, Prices, and Neighborhood Inequality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Besbris, Max and Shamus Khan. 2017. “Less Theory. More Description.” Sociological Theory 35: 147-153.

Besbris, Max, Jacob William Faber, Peter Rich, and Patrick Sharkey. 2015. “Effect of Neighborhood Stigma on Economic Transactions.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 4994-4998.