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Julia Burdick-Will

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Education


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

Julia Burdick-Will is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the School of Education at Johns Hopkins 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.

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Dangerous school commutes linked to absenteeism
Published Feb 13, 2019
Students whose routes to school pass through areas with high rates of violent crime are shown to have increased absenteeism and lower test scores, graduation rates

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