Educational Inequality in the United States: The Importance of Social Class
Annette Lareau is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has done qualitative research on the processes through which social class shapes children’s daily lives. She is the author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life which won a distinguished publication award from the Sociology of Family, Sociology of Childhood, and Sociology of Culture sections of the American Sociological Association. She is also the co-editor (with Kimberly Goyette) of the 2014 book Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools which examines the factors that influence parents’ decisions where to live and where to send their children to school. She also co-edited the books Educational Research on Trial, Social Class: How Does it Work, and Journeys through Ethnography. Her work has been written about by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers as well as by David Brooks. In her current work, funded by the National Science Foundation, she is carrying out in-depth interviews with families who have high net worth. Annette Lareau is the Past President of the American Sociological Association.