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My name is Rachel McKane and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. My primary interests include: Environmental Justice, Environmental Sociology, Urban Sociology, Stratification and Intersectionality, and Quantitative Methods.

In my current research, I use a variety of quantitative methods to examine how social, economic, and political inequalities manifest within and are shaped by both the built and natural environment. I am primarily interested in exploring how decision making concerning the distribution of environmental goods and bads, and by extension technological innovations, can be used as tools of oppression that diminish the agency of marginalized groups.

Technical proficiencies include: R, SAS, UCInet, Netlogo, ArcGIS, Nvivo