About Me

I am beginning as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St Lawrence University in August 2020, after graduating with my PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2020. I study inequality in higher education. Specifically, my research examines academic, social, and political decisions and behaviors of college students, during college and after graduation. I am particularly interested in how these decisions are shaped by inequality and result in inequality reproduction. My current projects focus on inequality due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My published works have appeared in Sociological Forum, Qualitative Sociology, Socius, and Teaching Sociology.

I am also a committed instructor who has taught 8 courses as the instructor of record. My innovative teaching practices have been recognized by the ASA Section of Teaching and Learning, in my 2019 receipt of the Graduate Contributions to the Sociological Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. I also received the 2020 Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at UNC, the 2020 Wilson Award for exceptional undergraduate teaching from the Sociology Dept at UNC, and the 2019 SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award. 

© Alanna Gillis