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Konrad Franco


  • A.B., Economics, University of California - Davis, 2017
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California - Davis, 2019


I am a PhD candidate studying study public policy, jails, prisons, immigration detention centers, clinics, hospitals, and health. Throughout my work I deploy quantitative research methods. I use both historical and contemporary administrative data.

I am currently working with the Professor Ryken Grattet (UC Davis) as graduate student researcher within the CA Department of Justice. Additionally, I am also a health care policy researcher at California Health Policy Strategies (Sacramento). I have previously worked with Professor Caitlin Patler (UC Davis) as a graduate student researcher. I have also previously worked as a research fellow at the California Policy Lab (UC Berkeley) and the Public Policy Institute of California (San Francisco).

If you are a fellow sociologist in training and have similar interests, I am always looking for new collaborations, so please feel free to reach out!  If you are an undergraduate student interested in the field of sociology, please contact me. There are a variety of ways to get involved in research and prepare yourself for graduate school. I attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student and would treasure the opportunity to share my experiences with you.

Visit my personal webpage for a complete bio, an updated version of my CV, and information about both my past and ongoing research. Visit me on GitHub @klfranco for a repository of the data I am using on my various projects and templates for various documents I have created. 

Research Focus

Methodological Focus: quantitative research methods, causal analysis, administrative data, and survey data

Substantive Focus: public policy, incarceration (jail, prison, and immigration detention), health care (outpatient clinics and inpatient hospitals), and health (mental and physical)


In Fall Quarter 2018 I was the teaching assistant for SOC 155 -- Sociology of Law with Professor Grattet.

In Spring Quarter 2018 I was a teaching assistant for Sociology 46B -- Introduction to Data Analysis  with Professor Finnigan. 

In Winter Quarter 2018 I was the teaching assistant for Sociology 178 -- Punishment & Corrections with Professor McCarthy.  

In Fall Quarter 2017 I was a teaching assistant for Sociology 1 -- Introduction to Sociology with Duane Wright, MA.