Johnelle Sparks, Ph.D.

Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Administration, Sociology and Demography

Johnelle Sparks, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Maternal and child health
  • Biomarkers and premature aging
  • Segregation and health
  • Breastfeeding and duration and initiation
  • Spatial inequality
  • Latinos in higher education


  • Ph.D., Rural Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Arkansas
  • M.A., Social Policy, University of Sydney, Australia
  • B.A., Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials