O’Connell joins the Kinder Institute for Urban
Research as a postdoctoral research fellow after graduating with a PhD in
Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before enrolling in graduate school she
earned a BA in Sociology, and a BS in Psychology at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill. Broadly, her
interests revolve around the role of place in shaping social processes, and
differences across places. Her research
focuses on issues related to racial inequalities, and poverty in the United
States. In addition, her work has led
her to think about extensions to spatially-informed methods, such as the
combination of multilevel modeling and spatial regression analysis. During her time at the Kinder Institute,
O’Connell is building on her previous work by studying the distribution of
resources across Houston neighborhoods.
Heather A. O’Connell. “Where there’s Smoke:
Cigarette Use, Social Acceptability, and Spatial Approaches to Hierarchical
Linear Modeling.” Forthcoming at Social
Science & Medicine
Robert L. Reece and Heather A. O’Connell. “How
the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in
the American South.” Forthcoming at Sociology
of Race and Ethnicity
Heather A. O’Connell and Carla Shoff. 2014.
“Spatial Variation in the Relationship between Hispanic Concentration and
County Poverty: A Migration Perspective.” Spatial
Demography 2: 30-54.
Katherine J. Curtis, Perla Reyes, Heather A.
O’Connell, and Jun Zhu. 2013. “Disentangling the Spatial Concentration and
Temporal Persistence of Poverty: Industrial Structure, Racial/Ethnic
Composition, and the Complex Links to Poverty.” Spatial Demography 1: 178-194.
Heather A. O’Connell. 2012. “The Impact of
Slavery on Racial Inequality in Poverty in the Contemporary US South.” Social Forces 90: 713-734.
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