Abigail Sewell

Emory University


Abigail A. Sewell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Her dissertation traces the health consequences of residential redlining in a sample of youth living in the city of Chicago and introduces a new theory of racial inequality that situates the roots of racial health disparities in the reification of race (i.e., the racism-race reification process, or R3p). She is a medical sociologist, social psychologist, and applied quantitative methodologist by training and has developed expertise in the study of race, ethnicity, discrimination, and social inequality. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Undergraduate Research, Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods (edited by John H. Stanfield), and Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy (edited by Rashawn Ray). As a graduate student, her work has been supported through a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, the Schuessler Exchange Program (as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Mannheim in Germany), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the Indiana Intensive Didactic Seminar, Boalt School of Law (University of California, Berkeley), the American Sociological Association Student Forum, Indiana University’s Office of Women’s Affairs, and GrassROOTS Community Foundation.