Julia Burdick-Will

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and Population Studies

Julia Burdick-Will is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and Population Studies. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2012, where she was an Institute of Educational Sciences Predoctoral Fellow. Her research examines the role of neighborhood and school contexts in shaping educational inequality. Specifically, she has studied the impact of violent crime in neighborhoods and schools on student achievement.  In other work, she has examined the relationship between neighborhood demographic change, changes in school-level achievement, and the geography of elementary school openings and closings. Burdick-Will is currently examining the relationship between neighborhood disadvantage and patterns of high school attendance and school choice as well as national trends in school segregation and school district fragmentation.

Interests

Education, Spatial and quantitative methods, Stratification, Urban sociology