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Sociologist Awarded for Book on Inequality in Higher Education

March 5, 2015

Laura HamiltonThe American Sociological Association (ASA) has honored Professor Laura Hamilton and her co-author with its Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for their 2013 book, “Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality.”

The book was the product of two years of research that found few college graduates from less-privileged backgrounds realized their dreams of mobility, while the majority from privileged backgrounds remained poised to reproduce their parents’ affluence.

Publication awards honor books and papers that make a significant research impact. The book has drawn national attention and contributed much to the larger discussion of the value of higher education, making Hamilton a key influencer on the subject of inequality in education.

The ASA will formally recognize Hamilton in August at its annual meeting in Chicago.