Pamela R. Bennett

Pam Bennett standing in front of a tree on the UMBC campus.
Pamela R. Bennett


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

Research Interests
social stratification; racial and ethnic inequality; social class; education; residential segregation

Select Recent Publications
Bennett, Pamela R. and Amy Lutz. 2022. “Bans and Signals: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Applications to Elite Public  Colleges in States With and Without Affirmative Action.” Harvard Educational Review 92(3):361–390.

Bennett, Pamela R., Amy Lutz, and Lakshmi Jayaram. 2021. Parenting in Privilege and Peril: How Social Inequality Enables and Derails the American Dream. New York: Teachers College Press.

Lutz, Amy, Pamela R. Bennett, and Rebecca Wang. 2019. “How Affirmative Action Context Shapes Collegiate Outcomes at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities.” Journal of Law and Social Policy 31(1):71-91.

Lutz, Amy, Pamela R. Bennett, and Rebecca Wang. 2018. “Mismatch and Academic Performance at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities. Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(14):2599-2614.

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 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, 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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