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Joy Kadowaki

Assistant Professor

Joint Appointment, Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; School of Law


Email: Joy Kadowaki
Phone: 937-229-2189
SJH 417


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.S., Sociology, Purdue University, 2012
  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Sociology and Political Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2004


Joy Kadowaki earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University in 2018. She also holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Her research interests include: law and society, crime and place, community and urban sociology, and social inequalities.

Courses taught

  • SOC 101: Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 324: Communities and Crime
  • SOC 326: Law and Society
  • SOC 339: Social Inequality
  • SSC 200: Law, Society and the City

Research interests

  • Law and Society
  • Crime and Place
  • Community and Urban Sociology
  • Social Inequalities

Selected publications

Joy Kadowaki. 2021. “Teaching Law and Society in the Sociology Classroom: Writing Assignments for Engaging the Socio-Legal Imagination.” Teaching Sociology 49(1):85-95.

Joy Kadowaki. 2019. “The Contemporary Defended Neighborhood: Maintaining Stability and Diversity Through Processes of Community Defense.” City & Community 18(4):1220-1239.

Mike Vuolo, Joy Kadowaki, and Brian C. Kelly. 2017. "Marijuana's Moral Entrepreneurs, Then and Now." Contexts 16(4):20-25.

Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, and Joy Kadowaki. 2016. "Impact of Total Vending Machine Restrictions on U.S. Young Adult Smoking." Nicotine and Tobacco Research 18(11):2092-99.

Mike Vuolo, Joy Kadowaki, and Brian C. Kelly. 2016. "Multilevel Test of Constrained Choices Theory: The Case of Tobacco Clean Air Restrictions." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57(3):351-372.

Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, and Joy Kadowaki. 2016. "Independent and Interactive Effects of Smoking Bans and Tobacco Taxes on a Cohort of U.S. Young Adults." American Journal of Public Health 106(2):374-380.

Joy Kadowaki. 2015. "Maintaining Professionalism: Emotional Labor Among Lawyers as Client Advisors." International Journal of the Legal Profession 22(3):323-345.

Joy Kadowaki, Mike Vuolo, and Brian C. Kelly. 2015. "A Review of the Current Geographic Distribution of and Debate Surrounding Electronic Cigarette Clean Air Regulations in the United States." Health & Place 31:75-82.