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Sean F. Reardon


My research investigates the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of social and educational inequality. In particular, I study issues of residential and school segregation and of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and educational success. In addition, my work develops methods of measuring social and educational inequality (including the measurement of segregation and achievement gaps) and methods of causal inference in educational and social science research.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
SHIPS (PhD): Economics of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Research Interests

Achievement | Data Sciences | Diversity and Identity | Economics and Education | Educational Policy | Poverty and Inequality | Sociology

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Recent Publications

Fahle, E. M., Reardon, S. F., Kalogrides, D., Weathers, E. S., & Jang, H. (2020). Racial Segregation and School Poverty in the United States, 1999-2016. RACE AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

Bloom, H. S., Unterman, R., Zhu, P., & Reardon, S. F. (2020). Lessons from New York City's Small Schools of Choice about High School Features that Promote Graduation for Disadvantaged Students. JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT.

Reardon, S. F., Fahle, E. M., Kalogrides, D., Podolsky, A., & Zarate, R. C. (2019). Gender Achievement Gaps in US School Districts. AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 56(6), 2474–2508.

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