VEST Education Research Lectureship Series


Oct 7, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Ridley 302 


Epochs of School Segregation: Racial Inequality from 1968 to 2020

Linking data from the Office of Civil Rights and National Center for Education Statistics, we provide new evidence on trends in racial segregation within large school districts from 1968 to 2020. School segregation declined rapidly in the late 1960s and 1970s in many districts, but has slowly increased in recent decades. From 1991 to 2020, Black-White school segregation grew by 35% in large school districts. We explore how the factors contributing to school segregation have changed over time.

Speaker Bio

Ann Owens is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research investigates the causes and consequences of social inequality, with a focus on education, neighborhoods, housing, and social policy. She has particular expertise on school and neighborhood segregation. She holds a courtesy appointment at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Spatial Sciences Institute, and she is an associate director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. Ann received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2012 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.  Ann was a NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and is currently a recipient of the William T. Grant Scholars Award. In 2022, Ann received the William Julius Wilson Early Career award from the American Sociological Association's Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section.

This lecture is open to all UVA faculty, post-doctoral researchers, students, and staff and it is sponsored by the Virginia Education Sciences Training Program (VEST) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.