Elizabeth Stearns earned her Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research efforts revolve around the central question of stratification research including who gets what and why do they get it? In her research, she has used this essential question to gain a better understanding of her substantive areas of education and race and ethnicity. Thus, her research agenda has two main areas: (1) educational processes, both academic and non-academic, and (2) interracial relations in changing demographic contexts. In general, she investigates how inequality, particularly racial and ethnic inequality, is generated and sustained in the American educational system.
Stearn, Elizabeth, Stephanie Potochnick, Stephanie Moller, and Stephanie Southworth. 2010. “High School Course-Taking and Post-Secondary Institutional Selectivity.” Research on Higher Education 51(4): 366-395.
Elizabeth Stearns & Elizabeth J. Glennie. 2009. “Opportunities to participate: Extracurricular activities’ distribution across and and academic correlates in high schools.” Social Science Research 39:296-309.
Stearns, Elizabeth, Claudia Buchmann, and Kara Bonneau. 2009. “Interracial Friendships in the Transition to College: Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together Once they Leave the Nest?” Sociology of Education 82(2): 173-195.