Junia Howell

Urban Sociologist, University of Illinois Chicago

Junia Howell is an urban sociologist and race scholar who uses quantitative (numbers) and qualitative (narrative) tools to identify and dismantle the specific policies, processes, and practices that uphold White supremacy. Currently, her work focuses on the policies, processes, and practices within the housing industry and disaster relief. Her work has been published in over a dozen academic journals and featured in hundreds of news articles across a wide array of outlets, legislative hearings, presidential speeches, and federal and local bills. Dr. Howell received her PhD from Rice University and currently holds a faculty position at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Podcast Guest Appearances

Risky Business: Underinsured Against Climate Disaster

Home and property insurance is complicated and typically boring – until a disaster happens to you. In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people in high-risk disaster areas across the U.S. have been dropped from their insurance policies, leaving them both physically and financially vulnerable. At the same time, premiums have sky-rocketed, putting home and business coverage out of reach for many. 

Junia Howell is an urban sociologist on the faculty of the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research has found that FEMA disaster recovery payouts tend to increase inequity.