Rebecca L Boylan
Limited Term Lecturer // Sociology
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Rebecca Boylan earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 2017. She is currently completing a collaborative UNC Chapel Hill-Purdue University postdoctoral fellowship, and serves as managing editor for Sociology of Education. Her research interests include sociology of education, social stratification, higher education, and charter schools, and her work has been published Youth & Society, Sociological Perspectives, and Education Administration Quarterly.
Rebecca is particularly interested in the factors that shape students’ movement through educational institutions over time. Utilizing large-scale datasets and quantitative methodologies, she explores how schools and individuals interact to shape mobility and has examined students’ return to education after high school dropout and the causes and consequences of students’ long-term postsecondary trajectories. As a postdoctoral fellow, her work focuses on charter schools, examining how growth in the charter sector has shaped student attainment nationally over time and how parental involvement is enacted in these schools.