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Professor of Sociology & Organizational Studies
University of Michigan
Armstrong’s 2013 book Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press), co-written with Laura T. Hamilton, won several awards, including the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2015 and the American Educational Research Association’s Postsecondary Education Outstanding Publication Award in 2014. The book has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian, Forbes, Time, The Atlantic, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. Based on 202 interviews and five years of observations, the book argues that undergraduate women’s social class outcomes were in part a result of the unequal structure of academic and social life at the university.
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