Punishment and inequality, health disparities, racial and ethnic inequality, schooling, and quantitative methods
Dr. Houston's research interests center around understanding the causes and consequences of justice system involvement. Schooling and racial health disparities are two causes and consequences that are central to his research agenda. Dr. Houston's recent work explores the link between education, justice system involvement, and well-being. More specifically, his work investigates how disciplinary practices in early education contribute to involvement with the justice system, which, in turn, leads to health disparities across racial groups. Dr. Houston is working on a series of projects which focus on life course outcomes for youth as a function of justice system presence, or what he calls justice system toxic reach. These projects investigate the role that residential proximity to justice facilities plays in deteriorating health of youth. In other words, this line of work investigates the ways in which justice system presence is a systematic environmental health hazard. Dr. Houston utilizes a wide-range of quantitative methods with large, longitudinal data-sets. He has expertise in quasi-experimental research designs and has several years of experience with program evaluation. Dr. Houston is currently leading the evaluation of a United Planning Organization reentry program funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
McKane, R. G., Satcher, L. A., Houston, S. L., & Hess, D. J. (2018). Race, space, and waste: An intersectional approach to environmental justice in New York City. Environmental Sociology.
Houston, S. L. (2017). Drinking and learning while Black: The effect of family problem drinking on children’s later educational attainment. In N. Finigan-Carr (Ed.), Linking Health and Education for African American Students’ Success. Routledge Press, New York, NY
Houston, S.L., Brady, K., Narasimham, G., & Fisher, D. (2017). Pass the idea please: The relationship between network position, direct engagement, and course performance in MOOCs. Learning at Scale (L@S).
CRIM 307 Social Inequality Crime & Justice
HNRS 260 Reforming Justice, Reimagining Community
PhD, Sociology, Vanderbilt University (2018)
MA, Sociology, Vanderbilt University (2015)
BS, Sociology, Davidson College (2013)
Houston, S. L (2018). 99 problems, Is depression one? Examining the effect of incarceration history on depressive symptoms. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, GA.
Houston, S. L (2018). Holes in the Pipeline: An empirical test of the relationship between school suspension and incarceration Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, GA.
Houston, S. L. (2017). Racing to the degree: Bridging sociological perspectives on education, racialized experiences, and mental health to develop a typology. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada.
Houston, S. L., Cardazone, G., & Birmingham, C. (2017). Evaluating the Puzzle: Tools for Linking Records in the Absence of Unique Common Identifiers. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
Houston, S. L. & Lovegrove, P. (2017). Missing You already: Techniques for analyzing incomplete data. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.