Lora Phillips

Ph.D. Level
Graduate Students

My research focuses on inequality and mobility, particularly as these processes are contextualized geographically, historically, and politically. Put another way, I am interested in the role that place, time, and power play in reflecting, reproducing, and challenging existing patterns of inequality and mobility.

In one project I examine the experience of downward mobility among aging workers who lost jobs during the Great Recession. Another project connects the recent foreclosure crisis to broader trends in inequality and insecurity, analyzing how metropolitan variation in labor market insecurity and housing market insecurity prior to the crisis created differential “risk contexts” which, in turn, were associated with variability in the rates of foreclosure.


Areas of Expertise
  • Inequality & Mobility
  • Urban & Community

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The Ohio State University
Department of Sociology
238 Townshend Hall
1885 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1222