Kyla Thomas is a sociologist at University of Southern California's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and a B.A. in both sociology and communication studies from UCLA. Broadly, her research interests include the sociology of culture, social stratification, economic sociology, and experimental methods. Currently, her work focuses on the cultural mechanisms through which social and economic inequalities are reproduced in institutions like the U.S. labor market. She is also the director of LABarometer, a quarterly survey designed to track social and economic conditions in Los Angeles County with a focus on four key issues: livability, mobility, sustainability, and affordability.