Angel L. Harris
  • Angel L. Harris

  • Professor and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy
  • Sociology
  • 90088, Durham, NC 27708
  • Phone: (919) 660-5787
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    My research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. My work focuses on the social psychological determinants of the racial achievement gap. Specifically, I examine the factors that contribute to differences in academic investment among African Americans, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and Whites. I also study the impact that adolescents' perceptions of opportunities for upward socio-economic mobility have for their academic investment, and the long-term effects of youths' occupational aspirations both within the United States and Europe.
  • Areas of Interest

    Social inequality
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,
      • 2005
  • Recent Publications

      • AL Harris and K Robinson.
      • (2014).
      • The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education.
      Publication Description

      In this provocative work, Robinson and Harris believe that the time has come to reconsider whether parental involvement can make much of a dent in the basic problems facing American schools today.

      • AL Harris.
      • (2013).
      • Can Members Of Marginalized Groups Remain Invested In Schooling?: An Assessment From The United States And The United Kingdom.
      • (pp. 101-132).
      Publication Description

      Rarely have these separate approaches been brought into the same conversation. Education, Justice, and Democracy does just that, offering an intensive discussion by highly respected scholars across empirical and philosophical disciplines.

      • AL Harris and M Tienda.
      • (2012).
      • Hispanics in Higher Education and the Texas Top Ten Percent Law.
      • Race and Social Problems
      • ,
      • 4
      • ,
      • 57-67.
      • AL Harris.
      • (2011).
      • Kids Don't Want to Fail.
      Publication Description

      Kids Don’t Want to Fail uses empirical evidence to refute the widely accepted hypothesis that the black-white achievement gap in secondary schools is due to a cultural resistance to schooling in the black community.

      • AL Harris and S Yates.
      • (2010).
      • Young People’s Ambition and Future Employment Outcomes in the United Kingdom.
      • Journal of Social Policy
      • ,
      • 1-22.
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  • Teaching

    • SOCIOL 89S.01
      • Allen 226
      • Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
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