Pamela R. Bennett

Pam Bennett standing in front of the stairs of the main lobby of the Public Policy building.
Pamela R. Bennett

Associate Professor
Pamela R. Bennett Bio


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Research Interests
Sociology of education, residential segregations, racial and ethnic inequality, social stratification




Select Recent Publications

Lutz, Amy, Pamela R. Bennett, and Rebecca Wang. (Forthcoming) “Mismatch and Academic Performance at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities. Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Bennett, Pamela R., Amy Lutz, and Lakshmi Jayaram. 2012. “Beyond the School Yard: The Contributions of Parenting Logics, Financial Resources, and Social Institutions to the Social Class Gap in Structured Activity Participation.” Sociology of Education 85(2):131-157.

Reprinted in Schools and Society (5th ed). Edited by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade.
Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. 2015. Pp. 259-271.

de Bodman, Florent and Pamela R. Bennett.  2011. “Mr. Secretary, Tear Down This Wall: Can and Should the Federal Government Use Affirmative Action in Housing to Promote Residential Integration?” The Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 8(2): 441-466.

Bennett, Pamela R. 2011. “The Relationship Between Neighborhood Racial Concentration and Verbal Ability: An Investigation Using the Institutional Resources Model.” Social Science Research 40:1124-1141.

Bennett, Pamela R. 2011. “The Social Position of Multiracial Groups in the United States: Evidence from Residential Segregation.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 34(4):707-729.

Bennett, Pamela R. and Andrew J. Cherlin. 2011. “The Neighborhood Contexts in Which Low-Income Families Navigate Welfare Reform: Evidence from the Three-City Study.” Social Science Quarterly 92(3):735-760.

Bennett, Pamela R. and Amy Lutz. 2009. “How African American is the Net Black Advantage? Differences in College Attendance between Whites, Immigrant and Native Blacks.” Sociology of Education 82:70-100.

Bennett, Pamela R. and Yu Xie. 2003. “Revisiting Racial Differences in College Attendance: The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” American Sociological Review 68:567-580.

Experience and Honors

Doctoral Faculty in Sociology, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2014-2016

Founding Director, Research Initiatives on Race and Ethnicity, Queens College, CUNY, New York, 2013-2016

Associate Professor, Queens College, City University of New York, 2012-2016

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2012-2013

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2004-2012

Associate, Hopkins Population Center, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2007-2012

Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Sociology and Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2002-2004


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