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. A chronology of my career reveals a broadening of my focus from Asian Americans to a wider range of racialized minorities; an expansion of my concentration on health-related issues to more systematic processes; an extension from primarily quantitative and disciplinary-specific analyses to qualitative and cross-disciplinary methods; and a deeper understanding of not only the factors in but also the processes through which inequality is created and maintained.

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Department:
Asian American Studies
Sociology
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Education:
Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington
B.S. The Evergreen State College

Selected Publications

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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