Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice

Lab Admins

Our Mission and Research 

The Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ) research group is dedicated to examining the correlates, disparities, consequences, interventions, and policies for underserved and underrepresented youth.  YIJ research group addresses questions related to three broad categories within the study of youth inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization:

  1. Foundational issues include the dynamics of youth socialization, education, and environment; the role of social processes and institutional resources in the reproduction and transformation of inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization;
  2. Enduring challenges include concentrated poverty and concentrated affluence; discrimination; urban, suburban, and rural processes, such as economic redevelopment and gentrification; and, trends in immigration and other demographic population shifts; and
  3. Contemporary challenges include evolving family structures; educational resources and standardization; the school to prison pipeline; stop and frisk justice practices; the spatial clustering of multiple social problems; and, shifting definitions of citizenship.

Together with research collaborators and community partners, this team seeks to generate rigorous scientific research on the study of youth inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization.