Alexandria Walton Radford
Program Director, Transition to College
Alexandria Walton Radford, PhD, leads the publication work for the U.S. Department of Education's Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) and frequently analyzes BPS, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B), High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS), and Postsecondary Education Transcript Study (PETS) data for the Department of Education and other clients.
In her publications that draw on these studies, she has 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.
Dr. Radford also manages qualitative projects focused on employers’ use of MOOCs, undergraduates’ persistence in STEM, and students’ undermatching during the college choice process.
In addition, Dr. Radford is the co-author of the book No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life, which won the American Sociological Association’s 2011 Pierre Bourdieu Award for the Best Book in the Sociology of Education. Her newest book, Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go to College, was released by the University of Chicago Press in May 2013.
PhD, Sociology, Princeton University; MA, Sociology, Princeton University; BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University (graduated cum laude and with honors)
Radford, A.W. (May 2013)
Radford, A.W., Lew, T., & Shaw, S. (May 2013)
Radford, A.W., & Ifill, N. (Jan 2013)
Radford, A.W., & Horn, L. (Nov 2012)
Feldman, J., Ifill, N., Radford, A.W., & Farr, B. (Nov 2012)
- September 24, 2013
Race and Beyond: Why Economic Disadvantage Becomes Educational Disadvantage
– Center for American Progress
- September 16, 2013
'No Point in Applying': Why Poor Students Are Missing at Top Colleges
– The Atlantic
- June 25, 2013
Is the Internet Killing English?
– The Wall Street Journal
- June 13, 2013
Affirmative Action and Breaking the 'Bamboo Ceiling' for Asian Americans
– Los Angeles Times
- May 30, 2013
Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go To College by Alexandria Walton Radford
– Times Higher Education