Sherelle Ferguson

Research Interests: 

Education, social stratification, race and ethnicity, culture, qualitative methods


Sherelle Ferguson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests revolve around stratification and mobility in educational institutions with a focus on the role of cultural processes and social network inequality. Specifically, she studies how class-based and race-based cultural and social resources shape how individuals navigate institutional standards. Her dissertation uses qualitative methods to investigate how non-economic factors contribute to inequality in higher education. Her earlier research explores how high school teachers in urban public schools become significant sources of social and institutional support for select students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to her doctoral studies, Sherelle taught high school history at a charter school in Massachusetts. She holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and an Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Contact Information: 
 3718 Locust Walk
120 McNeil Building
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104