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Johanna S. Quinn

professor of sociology



Assistant Professor of Sociology (at Rose Hill)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Office: Dealy 408A


I am a sociologist of education whose work 1) examines schools as workplaces, 2) focuses on the organization of race, class, care, and gender in producing and ameliorating inequalities, and 3) investigates how school and out-of-school programs can best support positive developmental outcomes for adolescents. 

My current W.T. Grant funded project (with Shazia R. Miller and Rachel Carly Feldman), examines how 26 colleges and universities, publicly committed to improving the graduation outcomes of Black and Latinx students, are building racially equitable practices at their institutions. This qualitative study brings together researchers from NORC at the University of Chicago and Fordham University to investigate how participation in the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative, supports 2- and 4-year institutions in confronting structural barriers to racial equity. Using interviews, observation, and document analysis, the study explores the role of a facilitated collaborative in fostering racial equity and how colleges implement racial equity plans that are backed by resources, changes in institutional practices, and forthright discussions of race. This study will provide insights into tools that can help colleges address racial inequalities at a systemic level. 

I earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2017. My work has been supported by a Ford Foundation Predissertation Fellowship and a Spencer/National Academy of Education Dissertation Fellowship. Before joining Fordham, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation (RYTE) at Montclair State University.


B.A. in Psychology, Columbia University
M.S. in Education, Mercy College
M.S. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017)

Research Interests

Sociology of education, race & ethnicity, intersectionality, organizations & workplaces, youth, mixed-methods


Tevington, Patricia, Lisa M. Chauveron, Jennifer Brown Urban, Lauren Gama, Monica Glina, Johanna Quinn, and Miriam R. Linver, 2020. “Emerging Evidence of Positive Youth Constructs and Purpose Development: Results From a Qualitative Approach.” Journal of Early Adolescence 1–25.

Urban, Jennifer Brown, Miriam R. Linver, Deborah Moroney, Trent Nichols, Monica Hargraves, E. Danielle Roberts, Johanna Quinn, Megan Brown, Lauren Gama, Rachael Doubledee, and Milira Cox. 2020. “Developing and Testing a Theory of Change for Boy Scouts of America.” Applied Developmental Science 1–17.

Linver, Miriam R., Jennifer Brown Urban, Marisa MacDonnel, E. Danielle Roberts, Johanna S. Quinn, Satabdi Samtani, Rachael Doubledee, Lauren Gama, and Derek Morgan. 2018. “Mixed Methods in Youth Purpose: An Examination of Adolescent Self-Regulation and Purpose.” Research in Human Development 15(2):118–138.

Quinn, Johanna S., and Myra Marx Ferree. 2017. “Schools as Workplaces: Intersectional Regimes of Inequality.” Gender, Work & Organization 26(12):1806–1815.

Courses Taught

SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 2420 Social Problems of Race & Ethnicity
SOCI 2800 Sociological Theory