Jordan Conwell

Position title: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies


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Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interest Statement:

Jordan A. Conwell is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on trends and consequences of racial, social class, and gender inequality in education, with a particular interest in the multigenerational roles of families and finances in these educational processes, as inputs for children and as outputs for adults. His recent studies have appeared in journals including Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Education, and Urban Education. He completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University in 2017. During the 2020-2021 academic year, he will be a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2017

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Education, Methods and Statistics, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social Stratification


Soc 995 Demography Training Seminar

Soc 648 Sociology of Education

Other Campus Affiliations

Institute for Research on Poverty
Center for Demography and Ecology
Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs
Interdisciplinary Training Program in Educational Sciences 

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming. Conwell, Jordan A. “Diverging Disparities: Race, Parental Income, and Children’s Math Scores, 1960-2009.” Sociology of Education.

2020. Quadlin, Natasha, and Jordan A. Conwell. “Race, Gender, and College Savings: Assessing Economic and Academic Factors.”  Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1177/0038040720942927.

2020. Conwell, Jordan A. and Catherine J. Doren. “Maternal Education, Family Formation, and Child Development: The Continuing Significance of Race.” Journal of Marriage and Family. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12697.

2020. Conwell, Jordan A. and Simone Ispa-Landa. “Principals in Urban Schools Under Pressure: Relations with Parents in the Era of Test-Based Accountability.” Urban Education 00(0):1-29. DOI: 10.1177/0042085920937764.

2016. Conwell, Jordan A.  “Josephs without Pharaohs: The Du Boisian Framework for the Sociology of Education.” The Journal of Negro Education 85:28-45.

2015. Ispa-Landa, Simone, and Jordan A. Conwell. “‘Once You Go To a White School, You Kind of Adapt’: Black Adolescents and the Racial Classification of Schools.” Sociology of Education 88:1-19.