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IES-PIRT Proseminar Series: Dr. Karly Ford

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(1 hour 30 minutes)

Dr. Karly Ford of Penn State University will present as part of the IES-PIRT Proseminar series.

Socially Constructing Race and Gender: Examples from Quantitative Education Research

Abstract: On one hand, social scientists agree that race and gender categories are socially constructed-- they are fluid, and their meanings and boundaries are historically and geographically specific. On the other hand, quantitative researchers (who would like their models to run) need fixed, categorical variables for race and gender. Ford's recent work considers how quantitative education researchers measure race and gender: from the collection, to the analysis, to the representation of data. She will be presenting her work related to the social construction of race, gender and ses data that appeared in Educational Researcher in 2019 and 2020. Ford is an Assistant Professor at Penn State University and an alum of the NYU IES-PIRT program.

The Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from the seven affiliated departments across NYU the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who will help to introduce, reintroduce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are scheduled at 12:00pm-1:30pm virtually via Zoom. For Zoom links, please email with the date you wish to attend.