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Indiana University Bloomington

Lamp Faculty

Pamela B. Walters

James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology
Director, Liberal Arts and Management Program
L216 Faculty

Phone: (812) 856-4671
Office: Wylie Hall, Room 249
Office Hours: By Appointment


Ph.D., Sociology, The Johns Hopkins University, 1984


Professor Pamela B. Walters teaches and conducts research on social inequality, with a particular focus on American education. In her research she explores the tensions between the role of education as one of the most important forms of state social provision in modern societies – a social right, an entitlement that follows from citizenship – and the ways in which education reproduces and legitimates existing social inequalities. At present she is working on two major projects: One that examines the reasons why American public education remains highly segregated and unequal by race, more than a half-century after the U.S. Supreme Court declared racially-segregated education unconstitutional, and one that analyzes the public and policy debates over the meaning of “equality” in American education in post-Civil Rights America. Her research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, and benefitted from a year as a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellowship year in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She is a former editor of Sociology of Education, the major journal in her field. Professor Walters is the Indiana University Sonneborn Lecture award recipient for 2004.