Junia Howell, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Junia Howell is an urban sociologist whose work examines racial and socioeconomic inequality. By utilizing mix-methods and cross-national comparisons, her work illuminates how cities can be places of possibility for all residents. Currently, she is working on projects evaluating how socioeconomic inequality is influenced by neighborhoods, segregation, natural disasters and the housing appraisal industry. Additionally, her work uses Critical Theory to expand and enhance quantitative methodologies. Her research has appeared in Social Forces, Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Urban Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Population and Environment, Sociology Compass, Socius, Context, and Phylon.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Rice University, 2017

Representative Publications

Howell, Junia and Elizabeth Korver-Glenn. forthcoming. “The Increasing Effect of Neighborhood Racial Composition on Housing Values, 1980-2015” Social Problems. DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spaa033. Video Summary.

Howell, Junia. 2019. “The Truly Advantaged: Examining the Effects of Privileged Places on Educational Attainment.” The Sociological Quarterly. 60(3): 420-438. DOI: 10.1080/00380253.2019.1580546

Howell, Junia and Alannah Caisey. 2019. “What We Need is Education: Differentiating the Mechanisms Contributing to Persistent Racial Inequality of Education.” Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture. 56 (1): 58-80.

Howell, Junia and James R. Elliott. 2019. “Damage Done: The Longitudinal Impacts of Natural Hazards on Wealth Polarization in the United States.” Social Problems. 66(3): 448-467. DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spy016

Howell, Junia. 2019. “The Unstudied Reference Neighborhood: Towards A Critical Theory of Empirical Neighborhood Studies.” Sociology Compass. 13(1): e12649. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12649

Howell, Junia. 2019. “Neighborhood Effects in Cross-Atlantic Perspective: A Longitudinal Analysis of Impacts on Intergenerational Mobility in the United States and Germany.” Urban Studies. 56(2): 434-451. DOI: 10.1177/0042098018798731

Smiley, Kevin T., Junia Howell, and James R. Elliott. 2018. “Disasters, Local Organizations and Poverty in the United States, 1998 to 2015.” Population and Environment. 40(2): 115-135. DOI: 10.1007/s11111-018-0304-8

Howell, Junia and Elizabeth Korver-Glenn. 2018. “Neighborhoods, Race, and the Twenty-First-Century Housing Appraisal Industry.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 4(4): 473-490. DOI: 10. 1177/2332649218755178

Research Interests

  • Urban Sociology 
  • Race and Ethnicity 
  • Inequality and Mobility 
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Transnational Comparisons