Ravaris is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His quantitative research is rooted in the fields of social stratification and social demography, and intersects the issues of race and ethnicity, education, health, and labor. Broadly, his research studies the dynamic processes that reproduce disadvantage, and works to identify ways of interrupting negative cycles. Jennie Brand is his primary advisor.

Ravaris is a  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Trainee at the California Center for Population Research, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Prior to matriculating at UCLA, Ravaris contributed to several national evaluations as a Research Programmer at the Princeton, New Jersey campus of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. He holds a B.A. degree from Morehouse College with a double-major in Mathematics and Economics, M.A. degrees in Economics and Sociology from UCLA, and plans to complete his PhD in Sociology by Summer 2018.