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James Elliott


730 PLC
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-5267
Fax: (541) 346-5026

Professor Elliott received his B.A. in Sociology from University of California-Santa Cruz in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Sociology (minor in Geography) from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Population Center from 1997 to 1999 and then took a position in the sociology department at Tulane University from 1999-2006. He joined the University of Oregon faculty as an Associate Professor of sociology in 2006. His scholarship has focused on urban development and social inequalities in the United States, ranging from research on native- and foreign-born migration, racial and gender inequalities in the labor market, struggles over public housing, and social vulnerabilities to environmental hazards. His research has employed a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and has received funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

  • urbananization
  • environment
  • social stratification

Teaching Areas

  • social inequality
  • urban & community sociology
  • sociology of environment

Courses Taught

SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 346 Work and Occupations
SOC 399 Urban Sociology
SOC 410 Sociology of Disaster
SOC 410 Urbanization & the Environment
SOC 451 Social Stratification

Selected Articles

Clement, Matthew Thomas and James R. Elliott.  2012.  “Growth Machines and Carbon Emissions: A County-Level Analysis of how U.S. Place-Making Contributes to Global Climate Change.”  Research in Urban Sociology Vol. 12: 29-50.

Schultz, Jessica and James R. Elliott.  2012.  “Natural Disasters and Local Demographic Change in the United States.”  Population & Environment.

Elliott, James R. and Scott Frickel.  2011.  “Environmental Dimensions of Urban Change: Uncovering Relict Industrial Waste Sites and Subsequent Land Use Conversions in Portland and New Orleans.” Journal of Urban Affairs 33(1): 61-82.    

Elliott, James R. and Jeremy Pais.  2010.  “When Nature Pushes Back: Environmental Impact and the Spatial Redistribution of Socially Vulnerable Populations.”  Social Science Quarterly 91(5): 1187-1219.

Elliott, James R., Timothy J. Haney, Petrice Sams-Abiodun.  2010.  “Limits to Social Capital: Comparing Network Assistance in Two New Orleans Neighborhoods Devastated by Hurricane Katrina.”  The Sociological Quarterly 51(4): 624-648.

Pais, Jeremy and James R. Elliott.  2008. “Places as Recovery Machines: Vulnerability and Neighborhood Change after Major Hurricanes.” Social Forces 86(4): 1415-1453.


Ph.D. -- University of Wisconsin-Madison