April Yee

Dissertation Title: 

"Major Decisions: How Social Class and Universities Shape Undergraduate Achievement"

Faculty Advisors: 

Camille Charles, Annette Lareau, Laura Perna (Penn GSE), Kathy Hall (Penn GSE)

Research Interests: 
Education, social class and inequality, culture, qualitative research methods. 
Bio: 

April Yee is a joint Ph.D. degree candidate in the Sociology and Higher Education departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include sociology of education, social class and inequality, culture, and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in the role of education in social mobility and the everyday experiences of college students.

Her dissertation, "Major Decisions: How Social Class and Universities Shape Undergraduate Achievement," explores these themes through a two-year ethnographic study of first-year students from different social class and racial/ethnic backgrounds at a public university. This research was supported in part by research grants from the National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation.

Prior to her doctoral studies, April advised college students from underrepresented groups through her work at Prep for Prep and the Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP) at LaGuardia Community College. She also worked in student affairs and residential life at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Smith College.

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