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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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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Sociology
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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    Websites
     Pursuing Educational Equity
     Ruth Lopez Turley
     Ruth Turley Research Link
     
    Research Areas
     Educational Inequality, Social Stratification, Race & Ethnicity, Research-Practice Partnerships
     
    Research Interests 24-JAN-2018
     

    Dr. Turley’s work aims to improve educational equity. In particular, she focuses on improving the connection between education research and decision making. With that goal in mind, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) in order for researchers and school district leaders to work together to produce a timely and relevant research agenda, to share information about research needs and research findings, and to work together to address long-term challenges. Dr. Turley also founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which aims to develop, support, and connect parnterships like HERC throughout the country. There are over 20 member partnerships that meet annually and share information through a clearinghouse, EdWeek blogs, newsletters, and learning forums. 

     
    Teaching Areas
     Social Inequality, Sociology of Education, Research Methods
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Shifrer, Dara, Ruth N. Lopez Turley, Holly Heard "Do Teacher Financial Awards Improve Teacher Retention and Student Achievement in an Urban Disadvantaged School District?." American Educational Research Journal, 54 (2017) : 1117-1153.

     
     

    Turley, Ruth N. Lopez, Adam Gamoran, Alyn Turner McCarty, Rachel Fish "Reducing Children's Behavior Problems through Social Capital: A Causal Assessment." Social Science Research, 61 (2017) : 206-217.

     
     

    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
     Conference Paper
     

    "Providing Equitable College and Financial Aid Advising for All." College Board Forum, New York City, NY. (October 26)

     
     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
     

    "Advancing the Use of Research Evidence." William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. (February 13)

     
     

    "Challenges and Opportunities of Research-Practice Partnerships." William Penn Foundation (and 16 foundations), Philadelphia, PA. (October 11)

     
     

    "Connecting Resarch and Policy to Reduce Inequality." University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. (March 30)

     
     

    "Cooperating and Collaborating Across Sectors." AERA William L. Boyd National Education Politics Workshop, San Antonio, TX. (April 27)

     
     

    "Evaluating Research-Practice Partnerships." Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL. (July 13)

     
     

    "HERC Expansion." Kinder Foundation Board, Houston, TX. (April 22)

     
     

    "Making Evidence Matter in Decisions about Education Policy and Practice." Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC. (March 3)

     
     

    “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. 

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Educational Inequality." Project 88 Foundation Gala, Houston, TX. (April 21)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Improvment Science in Federal and State Education Policy." Carnegie Foundation Summit, San Francisco, CA. (March 29)

     
     

    "Setting the Context: Where Have We Been?." National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, Nashville, TN. (July 26)

     
     

    “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)

    Positions Held
     Director, Houston Education Research Consortium. (2011 - 2017)

     Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research. (2013 - 2017)

     Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research. (2013 - 2018)