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Richard Arum

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 1996 (Sociology), University of California, Berkeley; M.Ed. 1988, Harvard Graduate School of Education; B.A. 1985 (Political Science), Tufts University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4146, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Tuesday 11am-1pm


212-998-8342 (Phone)/212-995-4140 (Fax)

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Education; legal and institutional environments of schools; social stratification; student achievement and socialization; formal organizations; self employment.

Curriculum Vitae


AcademicallyAdrift_Arum.jpgAcademically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, University of Chicago Press, 2011, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa.

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Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study, Stanford University Press, 2007, coedited with Yossi Shavit and Adam Gamoran.

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The Reemergence of Self-Employment : A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality, Princeton University Press, 2004, coedited with Walter Muller.

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Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority, Harvard University Press, 2003, with Irenee Beattie, Richard Pitt, Jennifer Thompson and Sandra Way.

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The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education, Second Edition, Newbury Park, CA: Sage-Pine Forge Press, 2010, Richard Arum, Irenee Beattie and Karly Ford, editors.

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Morill, Calvin, Lauren Edelman, Karolyn Tyson and Richard Arum.  2010. "Legal Mobilization in Schools: Toward a Neo-Institutional Theory of Racial Differences in Perceived Rights Violations and Redress among Youth," Law and Society Review.

Arum, Richard and Doreet Preiss.  2009.  "Law and Disorder in the Classroom," Education Next (Fall) 9/4:68-76.

Arum, Richard and Gary LaFree.  2008.  "Educational Attainment, Teacher/Student Ratios and Adult Incarceration Risk Among U.S. Birth Cohorts Since 1910," Sociology of Education 81/4.
Arum, Richard, Michelle Budig, and Josipa Roksa. 2008. "The Romance of College Attendance: Higher Education Stratification and Mate Selection," Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 26/2:107-122.
Stevens, Mitchell, Elizabeth Armstrong and Richard Arum.  2008. "Sieve, Incubator, Temple, Hub: Empirical and Theoretical Advances in the Sociology of Higher Education," Annual Review of Sociology. 34:127-152.
Guthrie, Doug, Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa and Sarah Damaske. 2008. "Giving to Local Schools: Corporate Philanthropy and the Receding Welfare State," Social Science Research 37: 856–873.
LaFree, Gary and Richard Arum.  2006.  "The Impact of Racially Segregated Schooling on the Risk of Adult Incarceration Rates Among U.S. Cohorts of African-Americans and Whites Since 1930," Criminology 44/1:77-108.

"Schools and Communities: Ecological and Institutional Dimensions," Annual Review of Sociology, 2000.  >Click here to read.

"Labor Market Regulation and the Growth of Self-Employment," with Michelle Budig and Don Grant, International Journal of Sociology, 2000.  Click here to read.

"High School Experience and the Risk of Incarceration," with Irenne Beattie, Criminology, 1999.  Click here to read.

“Invested Dollars or Diverted Dreams:  The Effects of Resources on Vocational Student Educational Outcomes,” Sociology of Education, 1998.  Click here to read.

“Do Private Schools Force Public Schools to Compete?” American Sociological Review, 1996.  Click here to read.

Updated on 08/22/2014