P. Johnelle Sparks (2006)

Johnelle Sparks

Current Position:
Associate Professor
Department of Demography
University of Texas at San Antonio


My research interests largely focus on disparities or inequalities inherent in several population processes. A disparities-based theoretical framework guides all of my research, and the use of a diverse set of theories borrowing from a critical perspective to examine potential disparities based on race/ethnicity, income, place, and rural-urban residence has evolved within my different areas of scholarship. Substantively, I have examined disparities in three topical domains: (1) maternal and child health; (2) mortality and morbidity; and (3) early childhood and higher education.