Ethan Raker

Wall Scholar


Assistant Professor







Prof. Ethan J. Raker is a sociologist and social demographer in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He studies the consequences of climate-related disasters for community and individual well-being. His work focuses particular attention to how social contexts and political institutions create the conditions for disaster and change in ways that exacerbate inequality. Some recent articles on these topics have been published in Demography, Health Affairs, PNAS, and Social Science & Medicine.

Before joining the UBC faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2021, he earned a Ph.D. (2021) and A.M. (2019) from Harvard University and a B.A. (2015) from Columbia University, all in sociology.

Primary Recipient Awards

Ethan Raker – Wall Scholar – 2022

As a Wall Scholar in 2022-2023, Prof. Raker will participate in collaborative research estimating racial and socioeconomic disparities in exposure to and consequences of extreme heat and flooding in British Columbia.