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Doctor of Philosophy
Sociology of Education

This multidisciplinary doctoral program will equip you with critical theoretical foundations of education and social change as you develop expertise in qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods, sociological theory, and the sociology of education.

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PhD in Sociology of Education

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The academic objectives of the doctorate are twofold:

  1. To prepare students to think sociologically and to use the research methods of sociology.
  2. To train students to analyze educational problems and issues using the knowledge, concepts, and research methods of sociology.

The professional objectives of the doctorate are also twofold:

  1. To prepare professors of educational sociology for schools and colleges of education or for universities with specializations in the area of sociology as it applies to education.
  2. To prepare researchers that can conduct basic and applied research in various public and private institutions in order to advance both the practice of education and the study of sociology.

Noga Admon. Hispanic Students and the Decision to Attend a Community College.

Marci Borenstein (proposal). Organizing Immigrant Family Involvement: A Comparative Study of Two Urban Public Elementary Schools.

Jean Dauphinee. Factors Influencing the Institutionalization of Reading Recovery: A Survey of Schools in New York and New Jersey.

Karly Sarita Ford. Seeking Their Own Kind: Educational Homogamy and Social Stratification.

Jehanzaib Khan. School or Madrassa? Parents’ Choice and the Failure of State-run Education in Pakistan.

Christina López (proposal). Moving Up the Education Ladder: Second-Generation Dominicans in Higher Education.

Steven Oliver. Exploring the Utilization of Institutional Support Structures by Black Males on a Predominantly White Campus.

Catherine Wynne. An Analysis of Institutional Commitment and Goal Commitment at a Community College.

The list below includes initial or current positions for graduates of the Sociology of Education doctoral program in the past decade.

  • Research Associate, Research Alliance for NYC Schools
  • Assistant Professor of Education, Montana State University
  • Senior Fellow of Research, The Graduate Center, City University of New York - Center for Urban Research
  • Senior Research Associate,  Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, College of Education - Temple University
  • Managing Director, Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, College of Education - Temple University
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal State University - Long Beach
  • Assistant Professor of Special Education, Hunter College
  • Assistant Professor in Ed Policy Studies, Penn State University

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our competitive funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our funding opportunities


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Lisa M. Stulberg

Associate Professor of Sociology of Education

L'Heureux Lewis-Mccoy

Associate Professor of Sociology of Education

Mercy Agyepong

Assistant Professor of Sociology of Education