Julia Burdick-Will, PhD
Keywords: Sociology; urban education; segregation; safety and violence
Julia Burdick-Will is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago, where she was an Institute for Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellow, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. Her research combines the sociology of education and urban sociology to study the roots of educational inequality and examine the dynamic connections between communities and schools that shape opportunities to learn. She has studied the effects of concentrated neighborhood poverty on cognitive development, the geography of elementary school openings and closings, school segregation dynamics, and the impact of neighborhood and school violence on student test scores and high school enrollment patterns. Her current projects explore the role of exposure to violence, transportation, and neighborhood peers in school enrollment decisions.
2012 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago
2008 A.M., Sociology, University of Chicago
2004 A.B. with Honors, Sociology and Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
2022-Present: Associate Professor, Sociology and Education, Johns Hopkins University
2019-Present: Institutional Lead, Baltimore Education Research Consortium
2019-Present: Faculty Affiliate, Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
2014-Present: Faculty Associate, Hopkins Population Center
2017-Present: Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Data-Intensive Engineering and Science
2014-2022: Assistant Professor, Sociology and Education, Johns Hopkins University
2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University
Burdick-Will, Julia, Kiara M. Nerenberg, Jeffrey A. Grigg, and Faith Connolly. Forthcoming. “Student Mobility and Violent Crime Exposure at Baltimore City Public Schools.” American Educational Research Journal.
Stein, Marc L., Julia Burdick-Will, and Jeffrey Grigg. 2020. “A Choice Too Far: Transit Difficulty and Early High School Transfer.” Educational Researcher. Doi: 10.3102/0013189X20949504.
Burdick-Will, Julia, Jeffrey A. Grigg, Kiara M. Nerenberg, and Faith Connolly. 2020. “Socially-Structured Mobility Networks and School Segregation Dynamics: The Role of Emergent Consideration Sets.” America Sociological Review 85(4): 675-708.
Burdick-Will, Julia, Marc L. Stein, and Jeffrey Grigg. 2019. “Danger on the Way to School: Exposure to Violent Crime, Public Transportation, and Absenteeism.” Sociological Science 3. doi: 10.15195/v6.a5.
Burdick-Will, Julia. 2018. “Neighborhood Violence, Peer-Effects, and Academic Achievement in Chicago.” Sociology of Education 91(3): 205-223. doi:10.1177/0038040718779063
Burdick-Will, Julia. 2018. “School Location, Social Ties, and Neighborhood Perception.” City & Community 17(2): 418-437. doi: 10.1111/cico.12295.
Logan, John, and Julia Burdick-Will. 2017. “School Segregation and Disparities in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Areas.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 674(1): 199-216.
Burdick-Will, Julia. 2017. “Neighbors, But Not Classmates: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Local Violent Crime, and the Heterogeneity of Educational Experiences in Chicago.” American Journal of Education 124(1): 27-65.
Burdick-Will, Julia, and John Logan. 2017. “Schools at the Rural-Urban Boundary: Blurring the Divide?” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 672(1): 185- 201.
Burdick-Will, Julia. 2016. “Neighborhood Violent Crime and Academic Growth in Chicago: Lasting Effects of Early Exposure.” Social Forces 95(1): 133-157.
Logan, John and Julia Burdick-Will. 2016. “School Segregation, Charter Schools, and Access to Quality Education.” Journal of Urban Affairs 38(3): 323-343.
Burdick-Will, Julia. 2013. “School Violent Crime and Academic Achievement in Chicago.” Sociology of Education 86(4): 343–361.
- Best Article, Sociology of Education, American Sociological Association, 2014.
Burdick-Will, Julia, Micere Keels, and Todd Schuble. 2013. “Closing and Opening Schools: The Association between Neighborhood Characteristics and the Location of New Educational Opportunities in a Large Urban District.” Journal of Urban Affairs 35(1).
Keels, Micere, Julia Burdick-Will, and Sara Keene. 2013. “The Effects of Gentrification on Neighborhood Public Schools.” City & Community 12(3).
Burdick-Will, Julia and Christina Gomez. 2006. “Assimilation versus Multiculturalism: Bilingual Education and the Latino Challenge.” Journal of Latinos and Education 5(3).
Catalyst Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2020.
William T. Grant Scholars Award Finalist, 2020.
James Coleman Award, Best Article, Sociology of Education, American Sociological Association, 2014.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
“Bridging Decision Theory to School Choice: The Role of Informal Information in the Context of Open Enrollment.” Office of the Provost, Johns Hopkins University (2020-22).
“Transportation and School Choice Outcomes in Baltimore, MD.” National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice, Institute for Education Sciences (2020-22).
“Development of Tools to Automate and Harmonize Spatial Open Source Urban Data.” Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science, Johns Hopkins University (2020-21).
“Investigating Youth Commuting to School: Violence Exposure and School Avoidance,” Spencer Foundation, (2017-18).
“Investigating Youth Commuting to School: Violence Exposure and School Avoidance,” Hopkins Population Center Seed Grant, Johns Hopkins University (2017-18).
“Baltimore Schools Regional Mobility Study,” 21st Century Cities Initiative Seed Grant, Johns Hopkins University (2016-17).
“Decoupling Schools and Neighborhoods: Using Making Connections to Understand How Opting Out of Local Schools Shapes Neighborhood Perceptions,” Making Connections Research Scholar Award, Annie E. Casey Foundation (2014-15).
Student Editor Fellowship, American Journal of Sociology (2010-11). Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2006-11).
“A Choice Too Far? Transit Difficulty and Early High School Transfer in a System of School Choice.” Association for Public Policy and Management Fall Conference, Denver.
“Student Mobility and Violent Crime Exposure at Baltimore City Public Elementary Schools.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, New York. Harvard Inequality Seminar, Harvard Kennedy School, September, Invited. Sociology Seminar, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, October, Invited.
“Explorations on the Relationship Between using Public Transportation to Commute to School and Student Disengagement from School in an American Context.” World Education Research Association Focal Meeting, Tokyo.
“Fight or Flight: Student Mobility and Violent Crime Exposure Near Baltimore City Public Schools.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Austin.
“Structured Instability: School Mobility in Baltimore City and its Inner Suburb.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto; Maryland Population Center Seminar Series, University of Maryland, College Park, February, Invited.
“Danger on the Way to School: Exposure to Violent Crime, Public Transportation, and Absenteeism in Baltimore City.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto.
“Structured Instability: School Mobility in Baltimore City and its Inner Suburb.” Education Doctoral Speaker Series, Johns Hopkins University, December, Invited; Center for Research on Educational Opportunity Seminar, University of Notre Dame, December, Invited.
“Decoupling Schools and Neighborhoods: Safety, Sorting, and Neighborhood Perception. ”Geographies of Poverty: The Importance of Neighborhoods, Segregation, and Mobility in Perpetuating Disadvantage, University of California-Davis, November, Invited.
Sharing Space: Examining African American and Latino Intercultural Exchanges in Dynamic Neighborhoods Workshop, District of Columbia Office of Planning and American University, May, Invited.
“Avoiding Danger on the Way to School: Exposure to Violent Crime, Public Transportation, and Absenteeism in Baltimore City.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore; American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.
“Networks of Student Mobility in Baltimore and its Inner Suburbs.” Notestein Seminar, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, September, Invited.
“A Permeable Boundary: Networks of Student Mobility in Baltimore City and its Inner Suburbs.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal.
Roundtable on School Choice and Housing in DC. Metropolitan Policy Center, School of Public Affairs. American University. May. Invited.
“Creating a School Environment for Success.” Social Determinants of Health Symposium, Johns Hopkins University, April, Invited.
“Violent Crime and Schooling in Chicago.” Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, October, Invited.
“Schools at the Urban-Rural Boundary: Blurring the Divide?” The New Urban-Rural Interface. University of Pennsylvania, September.
“Neighborhood Violence, Peer-Effects, and Academic Achievement.” Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC; IES-PIRT Proseminar, New York University, May, Invited.
“Neighborhood Disadvantage and Educational Heterogeneity: High School Attendance Patterns in Chicago.” Association of Education Finance and Policy Annual Meeting, Denver.
“Decoupling Schools and Neighborhoods: The Landscape of School Choice and Neighborhood Perception.” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
“School Choice, Neighborhood Income, and Educational Heterogeneity.” American Sociological Association Conference, Chicago.
“Neighbors, But Not Classmates: Neighborhood Disadvantage and Educational Heterogeneity.” American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago.
“Decoupling Schools and Neighborhoods: Using Making Connections to Understand How Opting Out of Local Schools Shapes Neighborhood Perceptions.” Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting, Miami.
Johns Hopkins University
Freshman Seminar: Hot Topics in Education
Quantitate Research Practicum
Education and Society
Linear Models for the Social Sciences
How Schools Work
Controversies in Measurement for Education Research Science
Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Computational Social Science
University of Chicago
The Institution of Education
Educational Organizations and Social Inequality (Teaching Assistant)
Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences I & II (Teaching Assistant)
Program on Social Inequality Coordinator, 2020-21
Curriculum Committee, 2020-2021
Chair, Job Search Committee, 2015-21
Graduate Admissions Committee, 2016, 2019
ICPSR Student Fellowship Committee 2018, 2020
Seminar Committee, 2014-16
Part-time Faculty Committee, 2014-15
Co-Chair, Research Board, Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC), 2020-21
PhD Advisory Committee, 2018-21
Doctoral Studies Committee, 2018-21
Admissions Interviewer, 2017-21
Faculty Senate Member, 2014-21
Search Committee, Center for Safe and Healthy Schools Director, 2019-20
Counting Poverty in Baltimore City Schools Working Group, BERC, 2019
Panelist, Job Talk Strategies, 2017
Panelist, Work-Life Balance, 2017
Presenter, The Academic CV, 2015
Final Selection Committee Member, The Spencer Foundation, 2021
Large Grants Review Panel Member, The Spencer Foundation, 2020-21
Program Chair, Sociology of Education SIG, American Educational Researchers Association, 2020
Chair, Membership Committee, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, Am. Soc. Assoc, 2018, 2019
Panelist, Academic Careers in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Explore Hopkins, 2017-18
Sociology Representative, Explore Hopkins URM Dinner, 2016-17
Provost Undergraduate Research Award Selection Committee Reviewer, 2015-18
Faculty Guest, Freshman High Table Dinner, 2015-16
Chair, Membership Committee, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, Am. Soc. Assoc., 2018, 2019
David Stevenson Award Committee, Sociology of Education, Am. Soc. Assoc., 2018
Program Committee Member, Population Association of America, 2016
James Coleman Award Committee, Sociology of Education; Am. Soc. Assoc., 2015
Associate Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2010-11
Manuscript Board Member, American Journal of Sociology, 2009-10
Reviewer for: AERA Open; American Educational Research Journal; American Journal of Sociology; American Sociological Review; Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy; Children, Youth, and Environment; City & Community; Demography; Education Economics; Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; International Regional Science Review; Journal of Planning Education and Research; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Journal of Rural Studies; Journal of Urban Affairs; Rural Sociology; Social Forces; Social Problems; Social Psychology Quarterly; Social Science Research; Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness; Sociological Focus; Sociological Forum; Sociological Perspectives; Sociology of Education; The Sociological Quarterly; Urban Affairs Review; Youth and Society.
Member of: American Educational Research Association; American Sociological Association (Sociology of Education; Community & Urban Sociology; Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility); Eastern Sociological Society; Population Association of America.