Simone Ispa-Landa

Simone Ispa-Landa

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2018 - Northwestern University Women's Center 30th Anniversary Gender Equity in Action Faculty Award
  • 2009 - Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008 - National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant


Selected Publications

Ispa-Landa, Simone (December, 2017). Believing in a Positive Future as a Form of Stigma Resistance: Narratives of Denied Expungement-Seekers. Deviant Behavior: In press.

Ispa-Landa, Simone (April, 2017). Racial and Gender Inequality and School Discipline: Towards a More Comprehensive View of School Policy. Social Currents: 1-7.
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Ispa-Landa, Simone (January, 2016). Legitimizing Family Management: The Role of Adolescents' Understandings of Risk. Journal of Marriage and Family.
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Ispa-Landa, Simone and Charles Loeffler (2016). Indefinite Punishment and the Criminal-Record: Stigma Reports among Expungement-seekers in Illinois. Criminology.
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Ispa-Landa, Simone and Jordan Conwell (January, 2015). Once You Go to a White School, You Kind of Adapt: Black Adolescents and the Racial Classification of Schools. Sociology of Education: 1-19.
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Ispa-Landa, Simone. (2015). Review of Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, And Suburban Schooling . American Journal of Sociology: 121(1): 292-294.

Ispa-Landa, Simone (2015). Effects of Affluent Suburban Schooling: Learning Skilled Ways of Interacting with Educational Gatekeepers in Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse, The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (pp. 393-414). Harvard University Press.

Ispa-Landa, Simone (2013). Gender, Race, and Justifications for Group Exclusion: Urban Black Students Bussed to Affluent Suburban Schools. Sociology of Education: 218-233.
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Research Interests

Race and ethnicity, gender, sociology of education, criminal records, sociology of youth and childhood, stigma, qualitative research methods.



HDSP 432

Field Methods This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research, including field work, interviewing, and document analysis. Students will explore qualitative research approaches by undertaking their own research study as well as reading and discussing relevant writing on the subject.


Topics (21): Field Methods

SESP 372

Methods of Observing Human Behavior

SESP 388

Practicum in Human Development: Social Policy


Editorial Boards

Year Journal Name Position
2017 Gender & Society Editorial Board Member
2016 - 2018 Sociology of Education Editorial Board Member

Last Updated: 2018-05-04 10:59:15