— M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
- E-mail: email@example.com
April is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a research trainee at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
April's current research and dissertation focus on the relationship between local labor markets, high school course offerings, and males' and females' educational and early labor market outcomes.
A second line of her research investigates students’ outcomes across schooling transitions from middle school through college, paying particular attention to differences in educational outcomes by race/ethnicity, gender, and the context of the transition. Part of this research was published in Sociology of Education (along with co-authors Chandra Muller and Amy Langenkamp).
April received her bachelor's degree in sociology and American and Southern Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2006. She spent the year before entering graduate school as a field researcher for the National Treatment Center Study at the University of Georgia's Institute for Behavioral Research.
In her spare time, April enjoys live music and the various music festivals Austin hosts, yoga, NPR programs (especially Radiolab!), cooking and finding southern cuisine, the search for unique vintage items, and running around beautiful Town Lake.
SOC 308 • Education And Society
MWF 900am-1000am CLA 1.106
Though many people see education as the pathway to success in American society, others see it as an unjust system that contributes to social inequality. This course serves as an introduction to sociological perspectives on the purpose of schools and their connection to the larger society. The overarching goal of this course is to enhance your understanding of how schools work and how they influence individual lives and opportunities. We will use key sociological concepts, theories, and methods to go beyond our own individual experiences and explore the educational system in the context of larger social forces. We will examine the multiple functions and goals of education, stratification between schools and within schools, and inequalities of race, social class, and gender.