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Ruth Turley
Professor
Professor of Sociology
 
e-mail:turley@rice.edu
 
  • MA Sociology (1999) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • PhD Sociology (2001) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • BA Sociology and Spanish (1996) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Sociology
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Websites
 Ruth Lopez Turley
 Ruth Turley Research Link
 
Research Areas
 Educational Inequality, Child Poverty, Race and Ethnicity, Social Stratification, Cluster-randomized trials
 

Achievement Gaps

 

Dr. Turley’s research focuses on educational inequality in the U.S., with the aim of closing socioeconomic gaps in achievement and attainment.  Her work includes the study of the transition from high school to college, college expectations, the Hispanic-White college application gap, college proximity, parents’ contributions to college costs, living on campus during college, K-12 educational outcomes of immigrant youth, the evidence-based school interventions movement, student mobility, and relations of trust among parents and school personnel (social capital).  Her research has been funded by organizations such as the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and she has received training on conducting cluster-randomized trials from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.  

 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Alvarado, Steven Elías and Ruth N. López Turley.  2012.  “College Bound Friends and College Application Choices:  Heterogeneous Effects for Latino and White Students.”  Social Science Research, 41(6):1451-1468.

 
 

Fiel, Jeremy, Anna Haskins, and Ruth N. López Turley.  2013.  “Reducing School Mobility:  A Randomized Trial of a Relationship-Building Intervention.”  American Educational Research Journal, 50(6):1188-1218. 

 
 

Fiel, Jeremy, Anna Haskins, and Ruth N. López Turley.  “The Neighborhood Context of Parent Involvement.”  

 
 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, Alyn Turner, and Rachel Fish.  2012.  “Differences between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Families in Social Capital and Child Development:  First-Year Findings from an Experimental Study.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(1):97-112.

 
 

Turley, Ruth N. López and Carla Stevens.  “Lessons from a School District-University Research Partnership:  The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC).” 

 
 

Turley, Ruth N. López and Geoffrey Wodtke.  2010.  “College Residence and Academic Performance:  Who Benefits from Living on Campus?”  Urban Education, 45(4): 506-532. 

 
 

Turley, Ruth N. López and Matthew Desmond.  Forthcoming.  “Contributions to College Costs by Married, Divorced, and Remarried Parents.”  Journal of Family Issues

 
 

Turley, Ruth N. López, Matthew Desmond, and Sarah Bruch.  2010.  “Unanticipated Educational Consequences of a Positive Parent-Child Relationship.”  Journal of Marriage and Family, 72:1377-1390.

 
 Articles
 

Crosnoe, Robert and Ruth N. López Turley.  Forthcoming March 2011.  “The K-12 Educational Outcomes of Immigrant Youth.”  The Future of Children

 
 Book chapters
 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, and Jeremy Fiel.  2012.  “The Evidence-Based School Interventions Movement.”  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty.  Oxford University Press. 

 
 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, and Jeremy Fiel.  Forthcoming.  “The Evidence-Based School Interventions Movement.”  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty.  Oxford University Press. 

 
 Other
 

National Research Council.  2012.  Monitoring Progress toward Successful K-12 STEM Education:  A Nation Advancing?  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press. 

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

“Parent Involvement and Child Development:  First-Year Results from a School-Randomized Trial in Latino Communities,” Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington DC, March 4, 2010. 

 
 Invited Talks
 

“Causal Effects of Social Capital on Children’s Behavior,” “Reducing School Mobility:  A Randomized Trial of a Relationship-Building Intervention,” and “The Neighborhood Context of Family Engagement in Schools,” The People’s University of China (Renmin University) and Peking University, Beijing, China, May 12-14, 2013. 

 
 Panelist
 

“School District-University Partnerships,” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Sociology of Education Keynote Panel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 14, 2012. 

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

“Developing Family-School Social Capital in Latino Communities:  First-Year Results from a Mixed-Methods Study,” Session devoted to the Social Capital Project, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 1, 2010.  Four papers presented at this session:  (1) “Measuring Social Capital,” (2) “Emergence of Social Capital,” (3) “Social Capital and Acculturation,” and (4) “Impact of Social Capital.”

 
 

“Social Capital and Child Outcomes:  Testing Causal Effects through a Cluster-Randomized Trial,” International Sociological Association World Congress, Research Committee 28, Session on “Application of Experiments in Social Stratification and Mobility Research,” Gothenburg, Sweden, July 14, 2010. 

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Sociology of Education. Sage. (2010 - 2012)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Sociology of Education. Sage Publications. (2010 - 2010)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Sage. (2012 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Matthew Desmond, PhD "Eviction and the Feminization of Poverty". (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

 James Benson, PhD "State Policies and Community College Students: Do High School and Finance Policy Reforms Promote Postsecondary Attainment?". (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Courtney Luedke, MA "Social Integration of Low Income Minority Students at Predominantly White Institutions". (2011) (Thesis Director)

 Jill Bowdon, PhD "The Effect of Racial Prejudice on Student Evaluations: An Experimental Assessment of Teacher Bias". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Vansa Shewakramani, PhD "The Effects of University Department Climate on Intent to Leave". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Alicia Dean, PhD "Independent Charter School Performance: Evidence from Milwaukee". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Megan Shoji, PhD "Race, Culture, and School". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Rachel Fish, PhD "Supporting or Sorting? The Role of Racial Bias in the Identification of Disabilities". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 David Rangel, PhD "The Impact of Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Academic Success of Latino Students". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Dominique Dust, PhD "The Effects of Mentorship Program Quality on New Teachers' Perceptions of Effectiveness and Job Satisfaction". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Jeremy Fiel, PhD "School Choice and Segregation: A Market-Based Approach". (2014) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Honored Instructors Award, University Housing, University of Wisconsin (May 2010)