Location: Bowdoin / Ingrid Nelson

Sociology and Anthropology

Ingrid A. Nelson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

inelson@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3425
Sociology And Anthropology

Adams Hall - 319



Teaching this semester

SOC 2010. Introduction to Social Research

Ingrid Nelson
Provides firsthand experience with the specific procedures through which social science knowledge is developed. Emphasizes the interaction between theory and research and examines the ethics of social research and the uses and abuses of research in policy making. Reading and methodological analysis of a variety of case studies from the sociological literature. Field and laboratory exercises that include observation, interviewing, use of available data (e.g., historical documents, statistical archives, computerized data banks, cultural artifacts), sampling, coding, use of computer, elementary data analysis, and interpretation. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and small-group conferences.

SOC 3010. Advanced Seminar: Current Controversies in Sociology

Ingrid Nelson
Draws together different theoretical and substantive issues in sociology in the United States, primarily since 1950. Discusses current controversies in the discipline, e.g., quantitative versus qualitative methodologies, micro versus macro perspectives, and pure versus applied work.



Ingrid Nelson: Bowdoin College

Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology of Education, Stanford University
  • Master of Arts in Sociology, Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Wellesley College

Research Interests

  • Social contexts of educational inequality, Latin@ youth, out-of-school time, transitions to adulthood, pathways to college, community-based research, rural youth

Previous Courses

  • Quantitative Analysis in Sociology, Diversity in Higher Education, Transitions to Adulthood, Current Controversies in Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Research, Race and Ethnicity, and Sociology of Education.


Why Afterschool MattersWhy Afterschool Matters, Rutgers University Press, December 2016

Nelson, I.A. (2016) "Rural Students’ Social Capital in the College Search and Application Process." Rural Sociology, 81(2), 249-281.

Nelson, I. A., London, R.A. & Strobel, K.R. (2015). “Reinventing the Role of the University Researcher.” Educational Researcher, 44(1), 17-26.

Nelson, I. A. (2010). From Quantitative to Qualitative: Adapting the Life History Calendar Method. Field Methods. Volume 22 Issue 4, p. 413-428.

Nelson, I. A. (2009). “The Differential Role of Youth Development Program Participation for Latina/o Adolescents.” Afterschool Matters, 8, 20-33.

Nelson, I. A. & Gastic, B. (2009). “Street Ball, Swim Team and the Sour Cream Machine: A Cluster Analysis of Out of School Time Participation Portfolios.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(9), 1172-1186.

Strobel, K., & Nelson, I. (2007). A Model for Fostering Youth Leadership: The Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL). Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center.

Strobel, K., & Nelson I. (2007). Understanding Youth Leadership Development: An examination of the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL). Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center.

“Plugging the Rural Brain Drain: Social Capital Among College Graduates Who Return to Rural Locales.” American Educational Research Association. April, 2017

“To Leave or Not to Leave: Empowering Rural College Graduates for Rural Return.” Sociology of Education Association. February, 2017

“Learning to Return: Residential Sorting Among Rural College Graduates.” American Sociological Association. August, 2016

“My Bio Lecture Had More People Than My Hometown”: Social Capital in Rural Students’ Pathways to College Graduation.” Sociology
of Education Association. February, 2016
 
“Social Capital and College Persistence among Rural College Graduates.” American Educational Research Association. April, 2015
 
“Trajectories of Advantage: Social Capital in Low Income Rural Achievers’ Pathways to College.” Sociology of Education
Association. February, 2015

“Staying in Maine: Family and Community Social Capital in Rural College Graduates Transition to Adulthood.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2014

“’Kind of Make-Your-Own Pathway’: Rural College Graduates’ Social Capital During the College Process.”
American Educational Research Association Annual MeetingApril, 2014

“Parental Support and College Satisfaction Among Rural Scholarship Recipients.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2013

“Educational Success and the Transition to Adulthood for First Generation Rural Students.”
Eastern Sociological Society Annual MeetingMarch, 2013

“Varying Influences of Extracurricular Participation for Latino Youth: Intertwining Roles of Context, Relationships and Agency.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2012

“From Stop Over to Savior: The Embedded Influence of Out of School Time Programs for Mexican American Youth.”
Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
 February, 2012

“University, Schools, and Multiple Agencies Sharing Data to Inform Community-Wide Action.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April 2011.

“Making Sausage: Multi-Level Relationship Building in University-School Research Collaborations.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. May, 2010

“The Power of Mastery: Adolescents’ Mastery Goal Orientation, Classroom Practices and School Change.”
Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. March, 2010

“Latinos’ Perceptions of the Quality of Local Public Schools.”
National Conference on Latino Politics, Power and Policy. October, 2009

“Adapting the Life History Calendar for Qualitative Studies: Examining Latino Youth’s Pathways to College.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2009

“From Quantitative to Qualitative: Reinventing the Life History Calendar.”
Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. June, 2009

“Extracurricular Activities and Higher Education: A Longitudinal Mixed-Methods Study of Latino Adolescents.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2009

“Street Ball, Swim Team and Sour Cream Machines: A National Look at Adolescents’ Extracurricular Portfolios.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2009

“Extracurricular Activity Participation and Hispanic Adolescents’ Pathways to College.”
Add Health Users Conference, National Institutes of Health. July, 2008

“Latino Youth Pathways to College: Differential Role of After School Program Participation.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. March, 2008

“The Road Less Traveled: Pathways to Civic Engagement Among Latino Youth.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. March, 2008

“Can I Really Make a Difference? Urban Youth as Agents of Change.”
Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. March, 2008

“Bored or Burnt Out? Youth and Out of School Activity.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2007

Karofsky Prize 

Faculty Award for Community Engagement   

Karofsky Family Encore Lecturer                 

Vice Provost of Graduate Education Academic Achievement Award for the Stanford University LGBT Community Resources Center, 2011.

2010 Emerging Scholar Award - Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)