— M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
PRC Graduate Trainee
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Sarah’s research with the Education and Transition to Adulthood (ETAG) working group focuses on structural and relational aspects of schools, access to higher education, and social mobility.
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. Two distinct projects in earlier stages of development will each take a multi-level approach to assess how contextual factors influence individual progress within two extremes of the educational spectrum: the middle school math classroom and the academic fast track in doctoral education.
In addition to studying stratification in US schools, other work considers stratifying processes in sending countries. A collaboration with Andres Villarreal studied workforce characteristics in the selectivity of immigrants from Mexico. Other work has described demographic trends in migration from Central America and deportation.
Sarah Blanchard earned her B.A. in Sociology at Villanova University with a concentration in ethics and peace & justice studies.
SOC 308 • Education And Society
MWF 900am-1000am PAR 203
Schools are multifaceted and dynamic institutions. Education offers individuals a way to get ahead through hard work and perseverance. Another perspective views schools as a mechanism that preserves advantages and inequality for the next generation. Education is also a developmental context that shapes students' future occupations and earnings as well as their values, relationships, health, and deviance. This course will consider the origins of the American educational system and explore all of these dynamics from a sociological perspective with a focus on race/ethnicity, social class, and gender.