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Joseph L. Boselovic

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office: 2071A
Phone: (757) 221-5245
Email: [[jlboselovic]]
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Areas of Expertise: Sociology of Education, School Choice, School Segregation, Social Class and Race, Housing, Qualitative Methods


Joseph L. Boselovic is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Institute for the Study of Education, Democracy & Justice. Boselovic is a qualitative sociologist whose research examines the enduring nature of economic and racial segregation in American schooling with a specific focus on understanding the social contexts in which families choose schools.

His current work draws upon interviews to explore how low-income families chose and assessed schools within an experimental context in which they were provided with supports to move to lower-poverty neighborhoods with higher-performing schools. His research also explores how researchers, policymakers, and families of different economic and racialized backgrounds variably conceptualize ‘school quality’ and the implications of these different definitions for educational policy and social theory.


Ph.D. in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in English, William & Mary

Activities and Honors

George Peabody Scholar in Sociology of Education, Johns Hopkins University, 2024

Peer Co-Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2024

Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2022

Selected Publications

DeLuca, S., Papageorge, N.W., & Boselovic, J.L. (2024). Exploring the trade-off between surviving and thriving: Heterogeneous responses to adversity and disruptive events among disadvantaged Black youth. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 10(1), 103-131. Link:

DeLuca, S., Papageorge, N.W., Boselovic, J.L., Gershenson, S., Gray, A., Nerenberg, K.M., Sausedo, J., & Young, A. (2021). “When anything can happen”: Anticipated adversity and postsecondary decision-making. National Bureau of Economic Research, WP 29472. Link:

Mirón, L., Beabout, B.R., & Boselovic, J.L. (Eds.) (2015). Only in New Orleans: School Choice and Equity Post-Hurricane Katrina. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. Link: