Kiara M. Nerenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Her research uses quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methods to understand how residential segregation and spatial stratification shape educational opportunities for students and their families.

A graduate of New York City public schools, Nerenberg has been interested in cities as landscapes of educational inequality since childhood. Before starting graduate school, she spent over two years as a research assistant at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, where she contributed to research on school closures, charter school policy, and teacher certification. More recently, she has worked with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) to examine causes and consequences of student mobility, both within and across districts in the Baltimore region. She is also affiliated with the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab (PIRL) at Johns Hopkins, where she contributes to ongoing research on poverty, housing, education, and social policy. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including American Sociological Review, American Educational Research Journal, and Social Science Research. Nerenberg holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in sociology from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.