Pamela Barnhouse Walters
James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology
Director, Liberal Arts and Management Program
Professor Pamela Barnhouse Walters teaches and conducts research on social inequality, with a particular focus on American education. She has published numerous articles in the major journals in her field and a recent co-edited book on the debates over new standards for “good” research on education. 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 educational “equality” in post-Civil Rights America.
Professor Walters teaches L216, a sophomore seminar that examines the promises of the American Dream and the ways in which they have and have not been realized. She received the Indiana University Sonneborn Lecture award in 2004 for distinction as a teacher and a scholar. Professor Walters is also a former Guggenheim Fellow, a former fellow in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, CA, and a former resident fellow at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago.