Sarah Blanchard

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

PhD Candidate
Sarah Blanchard



Sarah’s research focuses on structural and relational aspects of schools, adolescent social-psychological development, and access to higher education with a focus on race/ethnic and gender inequalities.

Her dissertation work examines how academic experiences and social contexts within middle schools shape underrepresented adolescents' perceptions of opportunity and plans for the future at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender.

Sarah has published in Social Science Research, Demography, The Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, and The Latin Americanist. Her most recent publication examined how teachers' perceptions of the children of immigrants help or hinder their preparation for college. Previously, 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.


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Sarah Blanchard is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at Villanova University with concentrations in Ethics and Peace & Justice Studies.

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