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Professor of Sociology

Recent Work

Fellow, Institute for Policy Study and Catholic Research

Contact Information:
Aquinas Hall 103A
(202) 319-5955

Sandra Hanson

Sandra Hanson’s research examines the gender structure of educational and occupational systems in a comparative context. Her recent book The American Dream in the 21st Century (Temple University Press, 2011), edited with John White from the CUA politics department, examines the American dream within cultural, historical, political, sociological, and religious perspectives. In Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education (Temple University Press, 2009), she examined the experiences of African American girls in the science education system. Hanson's book Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences (Temple University Press, 1996) was a culmination of her research on the loss of talented young women in the science pipeline.

Professor Hanson’s research has been published in numerous journals including Sociology of Education, Public Opinion Quarterly, Demography, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and Journal of Marriage and Family Studies. In 1997, Hanson received a Fulbright award for teaching and research at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland. Her second Fulbright award involved an exchange with Leipzig University in 2012.
Fields of interest: family, quantitative methodology, sex and gender.