Department of Sociology

Sarah Blanchard

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

PhD Candidate
Sarah Blanchard



Sarah’s research focuses on structural and relational aspects of schools, adolescent social-psychological development, and access to higher education with a focus on race/ethnic and gender inequalities.

Her dissertation work examines how academic experiences and social contexts within middle schools shape underrepresented adolescents' perceptions of opportunity and plans for the future at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender.

Sarah has published in Social Science Research, Demography, The Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, and The Latin Americanist. Her most recent publication examined how teachers' perceptions of the children of immigrants help or hinder their preparation for college. Previously, she considered how individual and structural factors shape access to opportunity vis-a-vis migration decisions. A collaboration with Andres Villarreal studied workforce characteristics in the selectivity of immigrants from Mexico. Other work has described trends in migration from Central America and deportation.


Education and Transition to Adulthood Research Group (ETAG) website


Sarah Blanchard is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at Villanova University with concentrations in Ethics and Peace & Justice Studies.


SOC 308 • Education And Society

46280 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 0.106


Schools are multifaceted and dynamic institutions. Education offers individuals a way to get ahead through hard work and perseverance. Another perspective views schools as a mechanism that preserves advantages and inequality for the next generation. Education is also a developmental context that shapes students' future occupations and earnings as well as their values, relationships, health, and deviance. This course will consider the origins of the American educational system and explore all of these dynamics from a sociological perspective with a focus on race/ethnicity, social class, and gender.


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