Davon Norris

Assistant Professor

Davon Norris sits in a gray chair at the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics
Office: 734-764-6767

LSA Organizational Studies
847 Weiser Hall
500 Church St
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1042

Davon Norris

Assistant Professor

Davon Norris’s research is broadly oriented to understanding how our ways of determining what is valuable informs patterns of inequality with an acute focus on racism and racial inequality. Often, this means he studies the history, construction, and operation of various ratings, scores, and rankings whether that be at the government level (i.e., government credit ratings) or individual level (i.e., consumer credit scores). Other work that comes out of this interest in valuation processes further probes questions related to finance and the role of credit and debt in shaping inequality.

His research has been published in outlets such as Social Forces, Socio-Economic Review, Social Problems, and Sociological Forum, and has received awards from the Future of Privacy Forum and American Sociological Association. His work has been funded by the American Sociological Association. Davon received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting (2014), Master of Arts  in Sociology (2018) and  Ph.D. (2022) in Sociology all from The Ohio State University. Learn more about Davon at his website.


PhD, Sociology, Ohio State University (2022)

MA, Sociology, Ohio State University (2018)

BS, Accounting, Ohio State University (2014)

Areas of Study

Political economy, Race and Racial Inequality, Social and Economic Inequality, Spatial Inequality

Related Projects

The Ohio State and Wisconsin Consumer Credit Panel

Norris, Davon. “Embedding Racism: City Credit Ratings and the Institutionalization of Race in Markets.” Social Problems. 70(4) 914-934. https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spab066

Norris, Davon. “The Illusion of Transparency: The Political Double Standard in City Credit Ratings.” Socio-Economic Review. 21(2) 1125-1150. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwac016

Norris, Davon and Emily C. Martin, E.C. (2022), “Is Good Credit Good? State Credit Ratings and Economic Insecurity, 1996–2012.” Sociological Forum, 37: 246-268. https://doi.org/10.1111/socf.12787

Norris, Davon and Corey Moss-Pech, “White Men Can’t Jump, but Does It Even Matter? Exit Discrimination in the NBA.” Social Forces, Volume 100, Issue 3, March 2022, Pages 961–989, https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soab009

Pech, Corey, Elizabeth Klainot-Hess, and Davon Norris. “Part-time by Gender, Not Choice: The Gender Gap in Involuntary Part-Time Work.” Sociological Perspectives. 64(2) 280-300. https://doi.org/10.1177/0731121420937746

The High Cost of Bad Credit, the New York Times Magazine, June 2023