MA in Sociology of Education

Sociology of Education Faculty

Steinhardt Program Faculty

Richard Arum
Professor, Educational Sociology (Steinhardt) and Sociology (FAS)
Ph.D. (Sociology), University of California, Berkeley, 1996

His publications include: Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses with Josipa Roksa (forthcoming University of Chicago Press, 2010); Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority  (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education , co-edited with Irenee Beattie  and Karly Ford (Sage-Pine Forge, 2010); and Stratification in Higher  Education: A collaborative study of 15 countries , co-edited with Yossi Shavit and Adam Gamoran (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Specialization in legal and institutional environments of schools, comparative cross-national research on education and social stratification, vocational education and school discipline.

Floyd Hammack
Professor Emeritus, Educational Sociology (Steinhardt)
Ph.D. (Sociology), Florida State University, 1973

His publications include: The Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis .6th Edition. With Jeanne Ballantine. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. 2009; "Social Capital, Financial Knowledge, and Hispanic Student College Choice." With Noga O'Connor and Marc Scott. Research in Higher Education 51,3, May 2010, 195-219; "Paths to Legislation or Litigation for Educational Privilege: New York and San Francisco Compared," Forthcoming in American Journal of Education ; "Teaching at the Secondary Level." With Dana Grayson. Pp. 831-841 in L.J. Saha and A.G. Dworkin, International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching . Springer, 2009; "For the Record: Editors' Introduction to a Special Issue on Small Secondary Schools." Teachers College Record , 110, 9 (September, 2008): 1739-1743; "Off the Record--Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Observations on the Small Schools Movement. Teachers College Record, 110, 9 (September, 2008): 2067-2072; "High School Reform, Again," Teachers College Record;  "The Channeling of Student Competition in Higher Education: Comparing Canada and the U.S." The Journal of Higher Education , 76, 1 (January/February, 2005), 89-106; The Comprehensive High School Today , Teachers College Press, 2004; Review of Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement , by Anthony S. Bryk and Barbara Schneider. American Journal of Education , 111,1 (November, 2004): 132-135; "Higher Education." Pp.321-327 in Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia . David L. Levinson, Peter W. Cookson, Jr., and Alan R. Sadovnik, editors. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2002.

Specialization in high school reform, social inequality and education and currently studying the blurring of borders between secondary schools and post-secondary institutions in the U.S.

Joseph Nelson
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015
PhD (Urban Education), The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2013

His publications include: "Relational Teaching with Black Boys: Strategies for Connected Learning at a Single-Sex Middle School" in Teachers College Record (2014); "Assumptions and Strategies: a model for “saving” boys of color", with Fergus, E., Noguera, P., & Martin, M., chapter in Schooling for Resilience: Improving the LifeTrajectory of Black and Latino Boys (2014); “It might be nice to be a girl…then you wouldn’t have to be emotionless: Boys' resistance to norms of masculinity during adolescence" with Way, N., Cressen, J., Bodian, S., Preston, J., & Hughes, D. in Psychology of Men and Masculinity (2014); "Reproduction, Resistance, and Hope: The promise of schooling for  boys" with Reichert, M. in Journal of Boyhood Studies (2012); "A place to be myself: The critical role of schools in helping boys be boys" with Reichert, M., Heed, J. Yang, R., & Benson, W. in Journal of Boyhood Studies (2012); and "Teaching about Race in an Urban History Class: The  Effects of Culturally Responsive Teaching" with Epstein, T., & Mayorga, E. in Journal of Social Studies Research (2011).

Specialization in intersectionality theory and urban schools, masculinity and schooling, boys’ education, single-sex public education, participatory research, school and university partnerships, and race and urban teacher education.

Lisa Stulberg
Associate Professor of Sociology of Education (Steinhardt)

Ph.D. (Sociology), University of California-Berkeley, 2001

Her publications include: Beyond Bakke: The Political Development of Affirmative Action in College Admissions, with Anthony S. Chen, manuscript in progress; Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach, edited with Sharon L. Weinberg,  forthcoming with Routledge; "The Teachers Union-Charter Impasse: Moving Forward from the New York Caps Fight," forthcoming in Education Policy Analysis Archives ; Race, Schools, and Hope: African Americans and School Choice after Brown . New York: Teachers College Press, 2008; "School Choice Discourse and the Legacy of Brown ." Journal of School Choice 1 (2006): 23-45; The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Toward a Progressive Politics of School Choice, edited with Eric Rofes. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.

Specialization in sociology of race and education, African American schooling, school choice, affirmative action, LGBTQ politics and social movements.

Steinhardt Affiliated Faculty

Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng
Assistant Professor, International Education
Ph.D. (sociology, education policy), University of Pennsylvania, 2014

Recent publications include "Community Poverty, Industrialization, and Educational Gender Gaps in Rural China,” Social Forces, “Are Immigrant Children Isolated at School? Nonparticipation in Extracurricular and Friendship Activities among Foreign- Born Youth,” Teachers College Record, “The Importance of Minority Teachers: Student Perceptions of Minority versus White Teachers.” Educational Researcher, Cherng, H., 2016. "Is All Classroom Conduct Equal?: When Teachers Contact Parents of Racial/Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Adolescents." Teachers College Record, and "Multiple Sources of Disadvantage in China." in Multiple Sources of Disadvantage: Evidence on Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Education, World Bank Press.

Specialization in Immigrant Adaptation, Race and Ethnicity, Social Capital and Education, East Asian Studies, Public Diplomacy.

Collaborative FAS Faculty

Dalton Conley
Professor of Sociology (FAS) and Social Policy (Wagner)

Ph.D. (Sociology), Columbia University, 1996

Among his publications are: Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America . (University of California Press,1999); Honky. ( University of California Press , 2000); Getting into the Black: Race, Wealth and Public Policy . (Political Science Quarterly, 1999); The Effects of Poverty on Child Health and Cognitive Development , with J.L. Aber, Neil Bennett and Jaili Li. ( Annual Review of Public Health, 1997);

Specialization in stratification/mobility, race, urban sociology, social policy, health and society.

Barbara Heyns
Professor of Sociology (FAS)
Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Chicago (1969)

Among her publications are: The Mandarins of Childhood: Toward a Theory of the Organization and Delivery of Children's Services (forthcoming), Summer Learning and the Effects of Schooling (Academic Press, 1978); and Inequality: A Reassessment of the Effects of Family and Schooling in America , with Christopher Jencks et. al. (Basic Books, 1972).

Specialization in the sociology of education; social stratification; post-communist transitions; sociology of childhood; methodology/survey research.

Ann Morning
Associate Professor of Sociology (FAS)
Ph.D. (Sociology), PrincetonUniversity(2004).

Among her publications are: "From Sword to Plowshare: Using Race for Discrimination and Antidiscrimination in the United States." International Social Science Journal (2005), “New Faces, Old Faces: Counting the Multiracial Population Past and Present” in New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century , edited by Herman DeBose and Loretta Winters (2002); and “The Racial Self-Identification of South Asians in the United States.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2001).

Specialization in race and ethnicity, especially racial classification; multiracial population; demography; sociology of knowledge and science; immigration; economic sociology.

Carolien Hodges Persell
Professor, Sociology (FAS)
Ph.D. (Sociology), ColumbiaUniversity, 1971.

Among her publications are: How Sampling Works , with Richard Maisel. (Pine Forge Press, 1996); Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools , with Peter W. Cookson (Basic Books, 1985); Education and Inequality: The Roots and Results of Stratification in America's Schools . (Free Press of Macmillian, 1977); Understanding Society (Harper Collins, 1990), Careers and Training in Educational and Social Research . (General Hall, 1976), as well as scores of articles in refereed journals and chapters in books.

Specialization insociology of education (including multicultural education and for-profit schools), race and education, educational inequality, the impact of computer technologies on education, stratification, civil society, social justice, social research, and teaching sociology.