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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University

Anna Rhodes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University. She received her PhD in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research combines urban sociology, the sociology of education, and environmental sociology to investigate household residential decision-making.

One area of her research examines the residential decisions of households in the wake of disaster, highlighting the ways that climate change and disasters increase economic vulnerability and inequality among households in affected communities. Her book "Soaking the Middle Class: Suburban Inequality and Disaster Recovery" with Max Besbris was recently published by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Another vein of her work investigates the dynamic relationship between residential and educational inequality, and specifically examines the intersection of families’ school and residential choices to explore the role of housing, neighborhood, and school contexts on children’s educational opportunities and outcomes.

Her work has been published in Social Problems, Social Forces, Urban Education, American Educational Research Journal, Evaluation Review, and in the edited volume “Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools.”


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    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University