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Sarah Blanchard

PRC Graduate Student Trainee M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Sarah Blanchard



Sarah’s research with the Education and Transition to Adulthood (ETAG) working group focuses on structural and relational aspects of schools, adolescent social-psychological development, and access to higher education with a focus on gender and race/ethnic inequalities.

Several current projects explore different potential contributors to disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) participation for minorities and the children of immigrants. For example, how might teachers’ relationships with language minority or immigrant students influence academic achievement during the transition to college? Other work asks if and how program interventions are able to influence school culture around math and science, enhancing academic press and expanding opportunities for underserved adolescents.

Her dissertation work takes a multi-level approach to assess how academic and social contextual factors shape underrepresented adolescents' attitudes about opportunity and plans for the future.

In earlier work, she considered how individual and structural factors shape access to opportunity vis-a-vis migration decisions. A collaboration with Andres Villarreal studied workforce characteristics in the selectivity of immigrants from Mexico. Other work has described trends in migration from Central America and deportation.


Education and Transition to Adulthood Research Group (ETAG) website


Sarah Blanchard earned her B.A. in Sociology at Villanova University with a concentration in ethics and peace & justice studies.

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