Department of Education
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I am a lecturer in Education and member of the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice. I joined the department in Spring 2022.
My research falls at the intersection between education, sociology, and political science. I study the relationship between education and economic inequalities, with particular interests in the role of geography in shaping educational inequalities, and the consequences of school reforms for political attitudes. I use primarily quantitative methods, working with a wide range of survey, census, and administrative data.
From Autumn 2022, I will be teaching on undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) research methods papers.
Before joining York, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. In this role I worked on an ERC funded project - SchoolPol - The Transformation of Post War Education: Causes & Effects. I have a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics (2019), where I wrote my dissertation on how economic advantage shapes stigmatising stereotypes about welfare recipients. Prior to this I completed an MSc in Sociology from LSE, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
The big questions guiding my research are inspired by the changing nature of economic inequality in rich democracies and the social and political consequences of that inequality: in what ways do policies to expand and reform education either exacerbate or ameliorate economic disparities? How do these changes spill over into politics by shaping public support for redistributive social policies?
I have applied these interests to a range of topics, including investigating the impact of school rankings on patterns of residential segregation, as well as seeking to understand why the highly educated are less likely to hold stigmatising stereotypes about welfare recipients.
Currently, I am working on the following areas:
I am always keen to discuss my research with colleagues, potential collaborators, and anyone else who might be interested. If you would like to find out more about any of these areas of research, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.