Julia Burdick-Will received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2012, where she was an Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellow. She then became a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and Population Studies at Brown University. Her research examines the role of neighborhood and school contexts in shaping educational inequality. Her dissertation, “Violent Crime and Achievement in Chicago: Neighborhoods, Peers, and Schools,” examines the impact of violent crime in neighborhoods and schools on student achievement. In other work, she has studied the relationship between neighborhood demographic change, changes in school-level achievement, and the geography of elementary school openings and closings. Burdick-Will is currently examining the relationship between neighborhood disadvantage and patterns of high school attendance and school choice.