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Joseph Ferrare, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
145C Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-9884

Dr. Joseph J. Ferrare joined the faculty at UK in 2014 from the Department of Sociology and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. Prior to his doctoral studies at UW-Madison he spent three years as a research analyst in Seattle, WA working in the areas of education, labor, and environmental policy. In addition to his primary position here in EPE, Dr. Ferrare also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Ferrare’s work is focused on understanding (1.) the forms and consequences of social inequality that emerge through students’ education attainment trajectories, and (2.) the extent to which education reform movements transform or reproduce inequities in these outcomes. In his current work Dr. Ferrare is examining these areas of inquiry through three active projects. The first is an investigation of the changing racial and gender dynamics in cross-generational patterns of education attainment over the past century. In the second project he is analyzing the intersecting social, cultural, and curricular contexts that differentially shape undergraduate attainment patterns in the sciences. Finally, he is using social network analysis to examine the impact network governance structures are having on contemporary education policy and reform movements.

A subtext running throughout Dr. Ferrare’s work is a strong interest in building upon the fields of relational sociology and organizational theory to develop theoretical and methodological tools that integrate structural and phenomenological analysis. Toward this end his work frequently draws upon interdisciplinary perspectives in field theory and relational methodologies such as social network analysis and related techniques.

Dr. Ferrare’s current and future teaching commitments include the following graduate courses: Sociology of Education (EPE/SOC 661), Social Policy Issues & Education (EPE 602), Social Network Analysis & Education (EPE 711), and a Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (EPE 773). He also teaches an undergraduate UK Core course, Education in American Culture (EPE 301).

See Dr. Ferrare’s personal website for more information about publications, courses, and projects.

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Research categories: Educational Reform, PolicyResearch Methods