Education and Family
Faculty in this focal group have interest in the
sociological studies of education and family, and the relationship between
family and schools, in shaping educational processes and outcomes. They employ
both quantitative and qualitative methods, and study domestic and international
issues. We have two subspecialties: education and inequality; family.
and inequality (Ma, Lutz and Karas Montez)
Faculty work in this area focuses on educational
access, choice, and attainment, as well as health and labor market outcomes.
Specific projects include the educational and
early labor market outcomes among children of immigrants in France and the
United States; horizontal stratification of higher education (college majors,
institutional selectivity) and its health and labor market consequences;
international students in American universities as well as health disparities
across education levels.
Family (Lutz, Silverstein, Harrington Meyer, London, Wilmoth)
Faculty work in this area focuses on care work,
parenting, and grandparenting. Specific projects
include intergenerational relations and support, aging in the context of family
life, with an emphasis on life course and international perspectives, and the
role of social class on educationally relevant parenting practices.