Institut für Statistik
Ludwigstr. 33, 80539 München
Sofia is a sociologist from Argentina. Her research interests lie widely within the field of inequality and social stratification, and race and ethnicity.
She is currently a researcher at the Chair for Statistics and Data Science in Social Sciences and the Humanities (SoDa) at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. At SoDa Munich, Sofia’s research focus is the relationship between ethnic/racial classifications and fairness in algorithmic decision making processes. Her aim is to answer the question: Do algorithms work equally for different ethnic groups?
Her background in sociology and statistical methods led her to study three main areas: 1) migration, 2) inequality and 3) quantitative methods, which could be condensed in three questions:
1. Has migration provided benefits for migrants and their children?
Her MA thesis at Carlos III University of Madrid studies whether migrating was beneficial for migrants and their offspring in terms of educational and occupational outcomes. She compared migrants and their children to non-migrants back in the country of origin and to natives in the country of destination.
2. Is occupational stratification similar across societies and times?
Sofia is the co-author of the Cookbook to Study the Social Stratification of Argentina, which provides guidance in the theoretical grounds of class analysis and social mobility/reproduction as well as its application in R.
In her MA thesis at Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, she has i) developed a new socio-economic index to measure the occupational structure of Argentina, and then ii) compared its performance with an internationally valid measure of occupational classification (ISEI, Ganzeboom et. al., 1992).
3. What is the quality of survey data?
As a researcher of the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Sofia collaborated in assessing the measurement quality of data from the European Social Survey. She did it by applying Multi-trait Multi-Method models and measurement invariance tests.
Sofia taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Social Stratification and Quantitative Techniques for the Social Sciences at Carlos III University of Madrid and Tres de Febrero University of Buenos Aires.
Sofia got an MA in Social Sciences from Carlos III University of Madrid, an MA in International Development Cooperation from Comillas University of Madrid and received her Bachelor (Licenciatura) in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires.