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Janeria EasleyAssistant Professor of African American Studies


Janeria Easley is an Assistant Professor in the department of African American Studies. She received her B.A in Sociology and English from Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology, with a concentration in Demography, from Princeton University.

Her research and teaching specialties are: Racial and Ethnic Relations, Demography, Social Stratification, and Urban Studies. Her research advances the understanding of racial stratification in two broad areas. First, she interrogates the role of space in creating and maintaining said stratification. Key sub-areas include residential segregation, gentrification, and the built environment.

Second, she examines racial disparities in economic well being related to employment, wealth, and homeownership. She completed a Vice Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Some of her other works have appeared in Urban Studies, Housing Policy debate and the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.


Selected Publications:

Easley, J. (2018). Spatial mismatch beyond black and white: Levels and determinants of job access among Asian and Hispanic subpopulations. Urban Studies, 55(8), 1800-1820.

Hamilton, T. G., Easley, J. A., & Dixon, A. R. (2018). Black immigration, occupational niches, and earnings disparities between US-born and foreign-born blacks in the United States. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 4(1), 60-77.



  • Racial and Ethnic Relations Demography in Black America Developing a Sociological Imagination through TV