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  • Kinder Fellow
  • Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, Rice University
  • Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Co-Director, Social Analytics Cluster, Center for Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), Rice University
  • Steering Committee Member, CENHS, Rice University

James Elliott is a professor of sociology at Rice University. 

His scholarship focuses on urbanization, social inequality and the environment, with the latter conceptualized in both social and ecological terms. In both his research and teaching, Elliott uses Houston as a laboratory for advancing understanding of socio-environmental transformation and its unequal consequences. Some of his recent work has examined a range of topics, from racial inequalities in urban labor markets to social disparities in natural hazards recovery, hazardous waste accumulation, carbon emissions and industrial pollution.  

Elliott received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Population Center. He served as advisor to the sociology program at the National Science Foundation and co-editor of Sociological Perspectives. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Demography