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Simone Ispa-Landa

Simone Ispa-Landa

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Biography

Simone Ispa-Landa’s research examines the processes that reproduce and magnify social exclusion, as well as the ways in which subordinate individuals and groups make sense of, and seek to combat, disadvantaged statuses.  Much of her work investigates how people in stigmatized communities understand dominant ideologies.  She has studied these topics within the context of an urban-to-suburban racial integration program and an organization that offers legal services to those with criminal record histories.

Drawing on qualitative research methods, Dr. Ispa-Landa has analyzed how race and gender hierarchies constrain Black adolescents’ social roles within affluent, majority-White suburban schools (Sociology of Education, 2013) and Black adolescents’ interpretations of the socialization processes within their families (conditionally accepted at Journal of Marriage and Family).  Capitalizing on a comparative research design, she has also pinpointed several factors that prompt Black students to classify schools as "White" or "Black" spaces (Sociology of Education, 2015).  Other work investigates how punitive criminal justice policies relate to criminal record-holders’ perceptions of the legitimacy of the criminal justice system.  In a related project, she identifies the emotion management techniques that individuals use to cope with the collateral consequences of their past criminal justice contact.

Dr. Ispa-Landa holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. The National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation have funded her work.



Curriculum Vitae
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Research/Scholarship

Selected Publications
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.

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
Race and ethnicity, gender, sociology of education, criminal justice processes, sociology of youth, qualitative research methods.

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 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.
SESP 388 Practicum in Human Development - SOC POL Section





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