Emily Walton

A mandatory course on black history and white privilege?

In an Op-ed in USA Today, Associate Professor Emily Walton aruges that all students, and particularly white students, would benefit from taking a race and ethnicity course in college. The insights and understanding learned from such a course, Professor Walton argues, would help students to critique and challenge systemic oppression, which would improve society as a whole.

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Dear White People: Moving To A Diverse Neighborhood Isn't Enough

In a recent WBUR Cognoscenti op-ed, Associate Professor of Sociology Emily Walton argues that many white residents of multiethnic neighborhoods don't recognize the role they must play in social change. White people living in racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods, she argues, need to actively engage in integration in those neighborhoods by getting to know thier neighbors, patronizing local businesses, and keeping thier kids in the local schools.

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Asian Americans in small-town America

Picturing rural New England, one might conjure an image from a Norman Rockwell painting: rolling green pastures dotted with red barns, steepled white churches, and covered bridges dating back to the Colonial era. When it comes to the Upper Valley, a collection of small towns along the Connecticut River in Vermont and New Hampshire, even today, this image isn’t far from the truth. While the physical place and its institutions have not changed much, the racial demographics of this area have dramatically transformed over the past two decades. Drawn to the area’s unique combination of professional and education opportunities in an idyllic rural setting, Asian Americans are the largest proportion of racialized newcomers in the Upper Valley. As Asian Americans attempt to make the region their home, they encounter a place suffused with a particular White history, a place where local community members’ last names are inscribed on the street signs and where a strong culture of self-reliance is fittingly described by New Hampshire’s state motto “Live Free or Die.”

Interacting Across Difference Conference

Sociology professors Emily Walton and Kim Rogers have organized a two-day conference event which will explore interaction across racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic differences. The conference will feature scholars in the fields of urban and community studies and social psychology, including keynote speaker Yale sociology professor Elijah Anderson. Read more about the conference on the Dartmouth News site.

Sociology Professor is One of Ten Chosen to Receive Internal Funding for New Research

Urban Multiethnic Neighborhood Stability and Health
Emily Walton, Arts and Sciences, Sociology

A study to understand the social and structural factors affecting residents’ interracial and interethnic relationships in stable, multiethnic neighborhoods and to understand the factors affecting the ability of individuals from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to come together as a cohesive community.

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Walton Study: Asian American Education Levels Affect Health

Bonnie Barber

If you are Asian American, could living in ethnic neighborhoods with other Asian Americans be better for your health? The answer is yes, according to Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Sociology Emily Walton, who recently published her findings in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Walton examined 256 neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas across the United States and found that Asian Americans living in predominantly Asian neighborhoods reported better health as the overall educational level of their neighbors increased. However, this correlation between individual health and neighborhood education levels did not exist for those living in non-Asian neighborhoods.

Meet Sociology's New Faculty: Emily Walton

Keith Chapman

Twenty-three scholars—from a variety of disciplines that include biology, Native American studies, and sociology—have joined the ranks of Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences faculty this academic year. In this weeklong series, Dartmouth Now takes a closer look at some of these scholars, their research, and what brought them to Dartmouth.

Emily Walton, assistant professor of sociology, completed her PhD at the University of Washington in 2009.  In this interview, Walton describes how she found her passion and what the future holds for her field.