About Ann

 Ann Owens is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research investigates the causes and consequences of social inequality, with a focus on education, neighborhoods, housing, and social policy. She has particular expertise on school and neighborhood segregation. She holds courtesy appointments at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Spatial Sciences Institute, and she is an associate director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Ann received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2012 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality in 2012-13.  Ann was a 2016-17 NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Currently, Ann is a recipient of the William T. Grant Scholars Award (2024 Cohort). In 2022, Ann received the William Julius Wilson Early Career award from the American Sociological Association's Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section.

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