Emily Rauscher

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9403
Fall Office Hours: 10:00-12:00 T


Areas of Specialization

  • Social Inequality/Stratification
  • Education
  • Life Course & Aging
  • Medicine/Health

Teaching Interests

  • Education
  • Stratification
  • Demography
  • Statistics
  • Health

Research

How could we make society more equal? Because the reproduction of privilege between generations is a substantial barrier to equality, I focus on how parents pass on advantages to their children.

Research Interests

  • Stratification
  • Education
  • Intergenerational Inequality
  • Biosociology
  • Demography

 

HOW IS INEQUALITY TRANSMITTED ACROSS GENERATIONS AND HOW MIGHT THAT PROCESS BE DISRUPTED TO REDUCE UNEQUAL OPPORTUNITIES?

......Wealth, education, socialization, and health all convey relative advantage or disadvantage from parents to children or grandparents to grandchildren. With the rise of the knowledge economy, education has become more important for individual chances in the labor market. At the same time, however, college attendance has risen.
.......Increasing education and its importance could promote opportunity and make social origins less important. However, educational quality and quantity are unequal and families with more resources are better able to monopolize the best schools and credentials. Furthermore, credential inflation could weaken the value of college or another level of schooling if it became more equally available. I am interested in the relationship between education and intergenerational mobility. One branch of my research investigates late 19th Century compulsory schooling laws and their effect on intergenerational mobility. Did making school attendance more equal by social class increase occupational opportunity?
.......I am also interested in how behaviors and unequal opportunities early in the life course can generate substantial differences in later life and the next generation. For example, I studied the effect of adolescent employment on teenage childbearing. Early work experiences can influence the chances of having a child as a teenager, with consequences for the individual and her children. Finally, another area of interest is how social environment moderates genetics. This field of research is relatively new, but may help understand the transmission of inequality.

Professor Emily Rauscher's Curriculum Vitae


Fall 2016 Courses

 

  • Soc 312 Population & Society
  • Soc 427 School & Society

Calendar
Social Media

KU Today
Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined