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Janeria EasleyAssistant Professor (African American Studies) and Graduate Faculty of Emory Sociology


  • PhD in Sociology, Princeton University, 2016
  • BA in Sociology and English, Duke University, 2007


Janeria Easley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. A double sociology and English B.A. major at Duke University, she obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology with a demography concentration from Princeton University. Prior to coming to Emory, she completed a Vice Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys teaching courses on racial and ethnic relations, the demography of Black America, and popular culture. She also serves as graduate faculty in the department of sociology. 

Dr. Easley’s research advances sociological insight in three key areas: 1. the role of space in reproducing racial stratification, through the lens of neighborhood contexts such as residential segregation; 2. the measurement of structural racism and its multi-level mechanisms; and 3. systemic impediments to economic well-being across racial groups, while being attentive to nativity and gender dynamics. Ultimately this research program identifies new insights regarding racial inequities in homeownership, wealth, earnings, intergenerational mobility and health; producing targetable and policy-relevant interventions to dismantle racial disparities. 

One of her current projects on intergenerational mobility has received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation Pipeline Grant competition. Her other works have appeared in Urban Studies, and the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.