Lois Weis


Member Since: 2013

Lois Weis is State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She received her PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has written extensively about the current predicament of White, African-American, and Latino/a working class and poor youth and young adults, and the complex role gender and race play in their lives in light of contemporary dynamics associated with the global knowledge economy, new patterns of emigration, and the movement of cultural and economic capital across national boundaries. She is the author and/or editor of numerous books and articles relating to race, class, gender, education and the economy. Her most recent book, Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools (Weis, Cipollone and Jenkins, University of Chicago Press, 2014) focuses on the production of a new upper-middle class in the United States, a class fraction that works across race, ethnicity and national origin in historically unprecedented fashion. Recently she has turned her attention to opportunities for STEM careers, as shaped by educational opportunity structures within non-selective urban high schools that serve largely low-income students of color (with Margaret Eisenhart). She has received research funding from the Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, and Association for Institutional Research. She is a winner of the outstanding book award from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, as well as a seven-time winner of the American Educational Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice Award, given for an outstanding book.

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