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Curricular Innovation 

“Inequalities in Higher Education Guest-Expert Mentors Initiative”

Social Sciences Division 2020 Curricular Innovation Grant for $2,200 


With the award of a 2020 Curricular Innovation Grant from the University of Chicago Social Sciences Division, students in my remote Autumn 2020 "Sociology of Higher Education" course worked in “pods” to conduct original capstone research projects, featured on our course website,


Combining these theme-based research pods with mentorship from four guest expert-mentors who visited the classroom and worked with students, they gained perspectives on both established and emerging areas of higher education research, as well as the shifting higher education landscape today.


As student researchers, students developed tools for understanding and addressing higher education issues, and – working together with a community of peers – they developed agency to articulate, critically examine, and formulate solutions to higher education issues they care about at UC and beyond.

Featured Sociology of Higher Education Guest-Expert Mentors

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Distinguished Professor of Education, UC, Irvine

Dr. Farkas was honored this year by the American Sociological Association for his lifetime achievement in the field of sociology of education.

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Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Florida

Dr. Stuber's book, Inside the College Gates, explores the biggest divide in higher education today, the social class divide. 

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Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies, Dept. of Education, Purdue University

Dr. Masta's teaches and conducts research on critical qualitative and Indigenous methodologies, school experiences of racialized youth, and the influence of colonialism in educational spaces. 

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Associate Professor of Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan

Dr. Armstrong's 2013 book with  Laura Hamilton, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality, received multiple awards for its impact on the sociology of education, most notably the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2015.