Kristin Jordan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Before coming to IU, Kristin received a BA in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with highest honors and distinction in the major in 2004. After graduating, she lived in Santa Barbara and worked in student affairs and residential life where her research interests in higher education developed.
Kristin’s research and teaching interests include the sociology of education, stratification and inequality, quantitative and qualitative methods, survey design and methodology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her dissertation, Beyond Aspirations and Admissions Decisions: The Causes and Consequences of Student College Choice, examines the individual and institutional factors that influence students’ college choice, especially as they relate to the construction of choice sets and shape college destinations. Related research projects explore inequality in higher education, the transition from high school to college, and public views toward higher education in the United States. Kristin’s master’s thesis, completed in 2008, examines the influence of cultural capital and college preparations on college application behavior. In 2010, she completed her qualifying exams in education and inequality. She has taught Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Statistics for Sociology.
For more information, please visit Kristin’s website: http://mypage.iu.edu/~jordankm