Alexander Adames (pronounced uh-dahm-ehz) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he is pursuing a master’s degree in statistics from the Wharton School and is a recipient of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Alexander’s research largely focuses on social stratification and social mobility. More precisely, his research agenda focuses on understanding disparities in wealth, social mobility, and the returns to education by racial classification and childhood socioeconomic background. Prior to Penn, Alexander was a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has had experiences doing research on Black men’s health; sleep inequality; health insurance and mortality; sexual consent on college campuses; and lived theology within the Civil Rights Movement. He received his BA in sociology from the University of Virginia.