Emily Walton

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Sociology

At my core, I am a race scholar. My work brings a racial lens and a broad methodological toolkit to bear on enduring questions in sociology's health and urban subfields. The increased immigration of people of color to the United States over the past half-century demands a rethinking of longstanding sociological theories and conventional wisdom regarding racial integration and immigrant assimilation. My research raises important questions about the consequences of this demographic transition, offers novel theoretical frameworks for addressing these questions, and provides new empirical evidence about racial disparities and inequality in the United States.

Blunt Hall, Office 306B
HB 6104
Asian American Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington
B.S. The Evergreen State College

Selected Publications

Walton, Emily. 2021. “A Culture of Whiteness: How Integration Failed in Cities, Suburbs, and Small Towns.” Sociology Compass. 15(11).

Walton, Emily. 2021. “Habits of Whiteness: How Racial Domination Persists in Multiethnic Neighborhoods.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 7(1):71-85.

Walton, Emily. December 16, 2019. Trump and Stephen Miller capitalize on white America's fear its racial identity is losing value. NBC Think.

Walton, Emily. November 4, 2019. What’s It Like to Be a Person Of Color in Rural New England? Basically Invisible. WBUR Cognoscenti.

Walton, Emily. September 23, 2019. All college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege. USA Today.

Walton, Emily. June 7, 2019. Dear White People: Moving to a Diverse Neighborhood Isn't Enough. WBUR Cognoscenti.

Interview. April 11, 2021. As New Hampshire diversifies, who gets to belong?

Walton, Emily. 2018. “A Guest in Someone’s House? Asian Americans in Small Town America.” Contexts. 7: 18-23.

Walton, Emily. 2018. "The Meaning of Community in Diverse Neighborhoods: Stratification of Influence and Mental Health." Health & Place 50:6-15.

Walton, Emily. 2017. “Be a Good Neighbor! Mind (Y)Our Business.” Contexts. 16: 70-71.

Walton, Emily. 2017. “Spatial Assimilation and its Discontents: Asian Ethnic Neighborhood Change in California.” Urban Geography. 38: 993-1018.

Walton, Emily and Mae Hardebeck. 2016. “Multiethnic Neighborhoods on the Ground: Resources, Constraints, and Sense of Community.” Du Bois Review. 13: 345-363.

Walton, Emily. 2016. “’It’s Not Just a Bunch of Buildings’: Investment, Sense of Community, and Collective Efficacy in a Multiethnic Public Housing Neighborhood” City & Community. 15: 231-263.

Walton, Emily. 2015. “Making Sense of Asian American Ethnic Neighborhoods: A Typology and Application to Health.” Sociological Perspectives. 58: 490-515.

Walton, Emily. 2014. “Vital Places: Facilitators of Behavioral and Social Health Mechanisms in Low-Income Housing Neighborhoods.” Social Science & Medicine. 122: 1-12.

Hong, Seunghye, Wei Zhang, and Emily Walton. 2014. “Neighborhoods and Mental Health: Exploring Ethnic Density, Poverty, and Social Cohesion among Asian Americans and Latinos.” Social Science & Medicine. 111: 117-124.

Walton, Emily. 2012. “Resurgent Ethnicity among Asian Americans: Ethnic Neighborhood Context and Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 53: 378-394.

Leu, Janxin, Emily Walton, and David T. Takeuchi. 2011. “Contextualizing Acculturation: Gender, Family, and Community Reception Influences on Asian Immigrant Mental Health.” American Journal of Community Psychology. 48: 168-180.

Walton, Emily, and David T. Takeuchi. 2010. “Family Structure, Family Processes and Well-Being among Asian Americans: Considering Gender and Nativity.” Journal of Family Issues 31:301-332.

Walton, Emily. 2009. “Residential Segregation and Birth Weight among Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50:427-442.

Walton, Emily, David T. Takeuchi, Jerald R. Herting, and Margarita Alegría. 2009. “Contextualizing the Education and Health Status Association: Evidence from a National Study of Asian Americans.” Biodemography and Social Biology 55:30-51.

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