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Joy Kadowaki

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


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


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: crime and place, community and urban sociology, law and society, and social inequalities. Her recent research projects examine the social processes of neighborhood collective efficacy and implications for community safety and stability.


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • SOC 101: Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 328: Law and Society

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

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.