Nora Gross

Research Interests: 

Sociology of education; race; gender and masculinity; inequality; social interaction and microsociology; sociology of emotion; violence; social psychology; qualitative methods; urban ethnography; visual sociology; ethnographic and documentary film.


Nora is a joint-PhD student in the Sociology Department and the Education, Culture, and Society program at UPenn's Graduate School of Education.

Nora's research focuses primarily on Black boys and young men, exploring the intersections of racialization processes, masculinities, class, academic identity, and perceptions of the future. Her current long-term project investigates the future aspirations and grief rituals of Black teenagers who have recently lost a friend to violence, particularly in an effort to understand how class-related resources impact loss experiences.

Nora is a native New Yorker. She previously earned an Ma in Sociology of Education from NYU Steinhardt and a graduate certificate in Documentary Film from The New York School. She also worked as an English teacher and Writing Center Director at a high school on Chicago's West Side. Nora received her BA from Princeton University in Art History and African American Students in 2008

Contact Information: