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Simone Ispa-Landa

Simone Ispa-Landa


*ON LEAVE 9/ 2014 - 12/ 2014 *
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Biography
Simone Ispa-Landa researches how individuals understand social inequality and their own place within the American status system. Most of her research draws on qualitative data and comparative research designs. Her research projects fall into four main areas of sociological inquiry. First, she researches gender and race relations within affluent, predominantly White suburban schools and neighborhoods. Second, her research explores how notions of the “urban ghetto” may produce, activate and animate conceptions of race and achievement across various school contexts. A third line of research seeks to identify the social processes that attend youth’s interpretations of parents’ rules and messages. Here, special attention is paid to African-American young people’s legitimation of parents’ controlling practices as appropriately responsive to the hazards they face. A fourth, and newer, set of projects examines everyday understandings of stigma and re-integrative criminal justice from the perspective of Americans seeking to have their criminal records removed from public view.

Curriculum Vitae
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Awards/Honors
2009 - Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2008 - Harvard Graduate Society Merit Fellowship

2007 - Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship for International Research

Research/Scholarship

Education
Year Degree Institution
2011 PhD, Sociology Harvard University
2007 AM, Sociology Harvard University
2003 AM, Regional Studies, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asian Studies Harvard University
1999 BA, Literary Journalism and Russian Hampshire College


Dissertation
Year Title  
2011 Race, Reputation, and Community Resources: Gender Differences in the Experiences and Effects of an Urban-to-Suburban School Integration Program


Selected Publications
Ispa-Landa, Simone and Jordan Conwell (2014). “Once You Go to a White School, You Kind of Adapt”: Black Adolescents and the Racial Classification of Schools.. Sociology of Education.

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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Ispa-Landa, Simone (2007). Immigrants from Central and Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria, Former Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Former Yugoslavia in Mary Waters, Reed Ueda and Helen Marrow, The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965 (pp. 433-444). Harvard University Press.

Ispa-Landa, Simone (2006). Reciprocity, Truth-Telling, and Power in Qualitative Data Exchanges in Tatyana Gurko, Actualnie Problemi v Rossii (pp. 211-21). Reglant.

Ispa-Landa, Simone (2003). Russian Preferred Self-Image and the Two Chechen Wars. Demokratizatsiya: 11: 305-319.

Research Interests
Qualitative methods, race and ethnic relations, social identity, education, gender, American family, intersectionality theory, micro-macro links.

Teaching/Advising


Courses
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.
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Field Methods This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research, including field work, document analysis, and interviewing. Students will explore qualitative research approaches by undertaking their own research study as well as reading and discussing relevant writing on the subject. The readings, topics for discussion, and assignments in this course center on three areas: (1) The epistemological underpinnings of approaches to qualitative research. (2) The practice of qualitative inquiry. Students will explore sampling strategies; research design; observation and interview techniques; and approaches to data analysis and data presentation. (3) Other key issues that researchers encounter in doing qualitative research, including ethics and social relationships in the context of field work.
SESP 372 Methods of Observing Human Behavior Guided practice in systematic and participant observation. Observer bias, field notes, unobtrusive measures.





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