Nora Gross

Nora Gross

PhD Candidate, Sociology and Education (dual-degree)

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Nora's research focuses primarily on understudied sources of racial inequality in education and other institutions for youth. Most recently, she has been conducting research with Black boys and young men growing up in underresourced urban neighborhoods, exploring the intersections of racialization processes, masculinities, academic identity, emotions, and perceptions of the future. Her dissertation project ethnographically investigates the grief rituals and emotions of Black teenage boys who have recently lost a friend to violence, particularly in an effort to understand how peer loss experiences manifest in day-to-day interactions, school-based relationships, and conceptions of self.

Nora is also the Director of CAMRA, Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts, and a documentary filmmaker.


BA, Princeton University - Art History and African American Studies

MA, New York University - Sociology of Education

Graduate Certificate, The New School - Documentary Media Studies

Research Interests

Sociology of education; race and inequality; gender (masculinity); emotion; youth culture; violence; urban sociology; visual sociology; ethnographic, qualitative, and participatory methods; documentary film

Courses Taught

URBS 300: Urban Studies Fieldwork (Spring and Summer 2019)

Selected Publications

Gross, Nora and Cassandra Lo. 2018. “Relational Teaching and Learning After Loss: Evidence from Black Adolescent Male Students and Their Teachers.” School Psychology Quarterly 33(3): 381-389.

Gross, Nora. 2017. “#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: The Double Consciousness of Black Youth in Response to Oppressive Media.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 19(4): 416-437.


Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Dissertation Fellow 2019-2020

Center for Experimental Ethnography, Graduate Fellow 2019-2020

UPenn Urban Studies Program, Graduate Fellow 2018-2019

Collective for Advancing Multimodal Arts (CAMRA) at Penn, Director 2019-2020