Alexandria Walton Radford
Program Director, Transition to College
Alexandria Walton Radford, PhD, is a leading expert in sociological issues surrounding postsecondary education and students' transition to college. Her newest book, Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go to College, challenges the assumption that high achievement in high school automatically translates into students' attending postsecondary institutions that match their academic ability.
Her previous work, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admissions and Campus Life, won the American Sociological Association's 2011 Pierre Bourdieu Award for the Best Book in the sociology of education. It examined how race and class shape the postsecondary experience at each stage—from application and admission to enrollment and student life on campus.
Her other publications, which draw on years of research for the US Department of Education and other clients, have examined college counseling, college choice, college coursework, online education, remedial education, military students, education tax benefits, persistence and attainment, and subbaccalaureate students' labor market outcomes.
PhD, Sociology, Princeton University; MA, Sociology, Princeton University; BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University (graduated cum laude and with honors)
- High Achievers
- College Choice
- College Counseling
- Postsecondary Persistence and Attainment
- June 17, 2014
New research: affirmative action based on disadvantage could increase racial diversity at America's most elite colleges
– Free News Pos
- May 12, 2014
Left Unheard in the debate
– Harvard Crimson
- March 31, 2014
Study: MOOCs viewed positively by employers for hiring, training
– News Release
- January 16, 2014
Meet the modern guidance counselor
- December 9, 2013
Researchers Push MOOC Conversation Beyond ‘Tsunami’ Metaphors
– Chronicle of Higher Education