The NLSY Postsecondary Research Network is made possible by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD061551, Chandra Muller). This grant supported collection and coding of transcript data by NORC and is the primary source for network affiliates’ projects awards. Leaders on the R01 grant are listed below:
Dr. Muller’s current research is on how schools and education shape life course outcomes such as work and health. In particular, she focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) preparation and careers. Of primary interest is the diversity in experiences and disparities according to gender, race and ethnicity, social class, as well as disability, immigration or language minority status.
Eric Grodsky is Associate Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He also currently serves as Coordinator of Opportunity and Achievement Gap Initiatives for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and Deputy Editor of Sociology of Education. Most of Grodsky’s research is focused on inequality in higher education, including work on affirmative action, socioeconomic inequalities in college attendance and completion, changes in the role of merit in these processes over time and the role of information about their college readiness in high school students’ college preparatory behavior. In addition to extending some of these earlier projects, Grodsky is currently involved in a study of the relationship between adolescent sexual activity and educational attachment and achievement, work on the effects of college remediation on persistence and time to degree, research on the determinants of entry into and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of study at baccalaureate institutions. Grodsky is also working with colleagues at the University of Texas and University of Minnesota on follow-ups to the High School and Beyond studies, two panel studies nationally representative of adults who were first surveyed as high school sophomores or seniors in 1980. Grodsky’s work has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education and the Annual Review of Sociology among other venues.
Robert Hummer is a sociologist and demographer whose research centers on health and mortality disparities across population groups in the United States. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters related to health and mortality patterns in the United States and his work has been funded by a number of federal agencies and private foundations. In 2010, he was awarded the Clifford Clogg Award by the Population Association of America for Early Career Achievement. Earlier, his book with Richard Rogers and Charles Nam, Living and Dying in the USA: Health, Behavioral, and Social Differentials of Adult Mortality (Academic Press, 2000), won the Otis Dudley Duncan Award from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association for its contribution to the field of social demography. His current research projects continue to focus on the accurate documentation and more complete understanding of health and mortality disparities in the United States. Over the course of his career, he is most proud of chairing or co-chairing 26 completed dissertations (to date). His former students have gone on to leading positions in academia, both in the United States and internationally, as well as in academic administration and the federal government. His classroom teaching interests mirror his research interests and focus on demography, population health, and aging and the life course.
R. Kelly Raley is Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology and Faculty Research Associate in Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Her research investigates family trends, the social determinants of family formation, and the impact of family change on social stratification. As part of a larger agenda examining the economic, social, and cultural contributors to marriage disparities in the United States, she has recently completed a project investigating the influence of occupational characteristics on the transition into marriage in early adulthood. Much of her work in this area has addressed racial and ethnic differences in marriage and cohabitation, but her current line of inquiry focuses on educational variation in family formation. She is developing research projects on the importance of occupational characteristics for disparities in family relationships and other aspects of well-being in mid- and later-life.
Carolina Milesi is a Senior Research Scientist in the Education and Child Development Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on socioeconomic disparities in education and health from early childhood to adulthood, access to and persistence in post-secondary education, and gender disparities in STEM. She served as the Associate Director of the project Education and Transition to Adulthood: Post-Secondary Transcripts for NLSY97 Youth. She is currently the Project Director of a National Science Foundation-funded study of gender differences in college persistence in computer science and engineering, based on a data collected via the Experience Sampling Method using smartphone technology. She also serves as Task Leader for Data Preparation and Analysis Support in the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), the first national study of supply of and demand for child-care since 1990. Her work has been published in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Social Science and Medicine.