Ruth Lopez Turley, associate professor of sociology, Rice University
Turley completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University and received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where she was a doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. Prior to coming to Rice, she was an assistant and associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, and the Institute for Research on Poverty. In 2004, she was a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow.
Her research focuses on educational inequality in the U.S., with the aim of closing socioeconomic gaps in achievement and attainment. Turley’s work includes the study of the transition from high school to college, college expectations, the Hispanic-white college application gap, college proximity, parents’ contributions to college costs, living on campus during college, K–12 educational outcomes of immigrant youth, the evidence-based school interventions movement, student mobility, and relations of trust among parents and school personnel (social capital).
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