Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Sociology
School of Education
Thurston Domina’s research pairs cutting-edge empirical methods with sociological theory to better understand the relationship between education and social inequality in the contemporary U.S. Much of this work focuses on student transitions from middle and high school into higher education. During the course of this transition, students move from the largely undifferentiated instruction of elementary education to the highly stratified U.S. college and university system. Domina’s work seeks to understand: (1) How schools undertake this sorting process, and the ways in which school sorting processes change over time; (2) How this sorting process shapes students’ life chances, and (3) How educational policies and educator practices can expand opportunities for all.