Josipa Roksa

Professor


  • Ph.D., New York University, Sociology, 2006
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, Psychology, 2000

To what extent does education amplify, preserve, or reduce social inequality? This has been the central question guiding Professor Roksa’s scholarly inquiry.

Professor Roksa’s current research focuses on understanding the experiences and outcomes of first-generation and low-income students, and more broadly the role of socioeconomic status in shaping students’ trajectories through both undergraduate and graduate education.  In addition, she is examining how students’ experiences vary by race/ethnicity, particularly in STEM fields.  Current projects are charting coursework trajectories, considering the role of family support, and exploring students’ interactions with faculty and peers, all with the goal of understanding the mechanisms that generate social inequality.

In her earlier work, Professor Roksa has explored inequalities in learning (and specifically development of critical thinking skills in college) and K-12 education.

Alongside her faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology and Curry School of Education, Professor Roksa serves as Senior Advisor for Academic Programs in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. All of these endeavors, from research to administration, aim to make higher education just a little better tomorrow than it is today.

Research Interests:


  • Social Inequality
  • Higher Education
  • Student Experience
  • Success of Underrepresented Students in STEM